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The Soul-Crushing Factories of Wulfhelm

“Homo sum, humani nihil a me alienum puto”

Category: Corporate Police State
Civil Rights:
Political Freedoms:
Unheard Of

Regional Influence: Squire

Location: The Vast



Population34.676 billion

LeaderMargrave Luther
FaithNeo Lutheran

AnimalWild Boar

The Soul-Crushing Factories of Wulfhelm is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by Margrave Luther with an iron fist, and renowned for its flagrant waste-dumping, enslaved workforce, and complete lack of public education. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 34.676 billion Wulfens are ruled with an iron fist by the corrupt, dictatorship government, which oppresses anyone who isn't on the board of a Fortune 500 company. Large corporations tend to be above the law, and use their financial clout to gain ever-increasing government benefits at the expense of the poor and unemployed.

The minute, corrupt, pro-business, well-organized government, or what there is of one, prioritizes Industry, although Defense and Law & Order are also considered important, while Environment and Welfare aren't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Lothangross. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Wulfhelmian economy, worth an astonishing 28,910 trillion Marks a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Automobile Manufacturing, and Uranium Mining. Average income is a breathtaking 833,741 Marks, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 6,243,724 per year while the poor average 32,261, a ratio of 193 to 1.

A National Academy regulates grammar and usage, scenic tours are unheard of after most environmental laws were abolished, prices fluctuate manically for no fathomable reason, and citizens have reported seeing strange rays of light emanating from the moon. Crime is all-pervasive, with the police force struggling against a lack of funding and a high mortality rate. Wulfhelm's national animal is the Wild Boar, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Neo Lutheran.

Wulfhelm is ranked 4,958th in the world and 1st in The Vast for Greatest Rich-Poor Divides, with 193.53 Rich To Poor Income Ratio.

Highest Wealthy Incomes: 4thHighest Disposable Incomes: 11thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 14thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 14thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 15thHighest Economic Output: 16thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 17thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 20thHighest Average Incomes: 22ndMost Avoided: 27thLargest Insurance Industry: 28thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 30thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 42ndLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 42ndLargest Gambling Industry: 48thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 49thMost Armed: 50thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 56thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 57thFattest Citizens: 58thLargest Mining Sector: 75thMost Scientifically Advanced: 82ndLargest Cheese Export Sector: 106thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 112thLargest Agricultural Sector: 156thLargest Populations: 161stLargest Retail Industry: 168thMost Corrupt Governments: 185thRudest Citizens: 304thSmartest Citizens: 456thLargest Information Technology Sector: 466thMost Subsidized Industry: 651stHighest Crime Rates: 662ndLargest Publishing Industry: 955thLargest Governments: 1,450thTop
Most Efficient Economies: 1,835thLargest Black Market: 2,733rdNudest: 3,515thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 4,958thMost Pro-Market: 5,974thMost Cultured: 7,545thTop
Most Advanced Defense Forces: 9,343rdMost Extreme: 13,481st
Rudest Citizens: 1st in the regionNudest: 1st in the regionMost Armed: 1st in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 1st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1st in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 1st in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1st in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 1st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 1st in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Pro-Market: 1st in the regionFattest Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionMost Avoided: 1st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 1st in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 1st in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1st in the region

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