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Highest Poor Incomes: 799thLargest Black Market: 1,030thLargest Retail Industry: 1,263rd
The Borderlands of
Corrupt Dictatorship Well-Meaning Dictatorship
A child of Amber may walk among them, and such was my h
Lord Oberon
Influence
Zero
Region
Civil Rights
Some
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Rare

Overview Policies People Government Economy Rank Trend Cards

Giant Redwoods

Population6.106 billion

CapitalAmber and Chaos
LeaderLord Oberon
FaithThe Way of the Shaddows

CurrencyJewel of Judgement
AnimalUnicorn

The Borderlands of Giant Redwoods is a colossal, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Lord Oberon with an iron fist, and remarkable for its otherworldly petting zoo, zero percent divorce rate, and public floggings. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless, devout population of 6.106 billion Giant Redwoodsians are ruled with an iron fist by the dictatorship government, which ensures that no-one outside the party gets too rich. In their personal lives, however, citizens are relatively unoppressed; it remains to be seen whether this is because the government genuinely cares about its people, or if it hasn't gotten around to stamping out civil rights yet.

The medium-sized, corrupt, socially-minded, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Education, and Law & Order. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Amber and Chaos. The average income tax rate is 90.5%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Giant Redwoodsian economy, worth a remarkable 2,094 trillion Jewels of Judgement a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is an enormous, deeply entrenched black market in Information Technology, Tourism, Arms Manufacturing, and Retail. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is an amazing 342,992 Jewels of Judgement, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The government regularly hires contractors to construct high rise apartments, space shuttles regularly launch rubbish into space, religious households enthusiastically use whips in private, and almost all of the nation's water is piped into the country from abroad for exorbitant prices. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Giant Redwoods's national animal is the Unicorn, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is The Way of the Shaddows.

Giant Redwoods is ranked 205,839th in the world and 188th in Refugia for Most Politically Free, scoring 18.57 on the Diebold Election Inking Scale.

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Highest Poor Incomes: 799thLargest Black Market: 1,030thLargest Retail Industry: 1,263rdHighest Average Incomes: 1,334thMost Corrupt Governments: 1,356thLargest Information Technology Sector: 1,846thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1,938thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1,942ndTop
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Most Armed: 2,425thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2,472ndMost Subsidized Industry: 2,580thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 2,626thLowest Crime Rates: 2,937thMost Beautiful Environments: 3,061stMost Advanced Defense Forces: 3,076thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 3,098thMost Influential: 3,343rdMost Cultured: 3,624thMost Efficient Economies: 4,004thLargest Governments: 4,207thMost Devout: 4,257thMost Developed: 4,423rdLargest Agricultural Sector: 4,426thLongest Average Lifespans: 5,087thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 5,096thMost Advanced Public Education: 5,578thMost Advanced Public Transport: 5,968thSmartest Citizens: 6,243rdMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 6,822ndHighest Wealthy Incomes: 7,574thHighest Economic Output: 7,731stLargest Welfare Programs: 8,181stHighest Average Tax Rates: 8,715thBest Weather: 9,147thMost Scientifically Advanced: 11,604thTop
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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 15,013thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 16,216thMost Valuable International Artwork: 17,331stLargest Publishing Industry: 17,996thHealthiest Citizens: 18,174thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 18,861stMost Authoritarian: 19,925th
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Most Armed: 1st in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 2nd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 2nd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 2nd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 2nd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionTop
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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 3rd in the regionMost Influential: 3rd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 3rd in the regionLargest Black Market: 3rd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 3rd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 3rd in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 5th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 5th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 7th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 7th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 7th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 7th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 7th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 7th in the regionMost Devout: 7th in the regionMost Cultured: 7th in the regionMost Developed: 8th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 9th in the regionLargest Populations: 10th in the regionLargest Governments: 10th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 10th in the regionTop
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Most Advanced Public Education: 11th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 12th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 13th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 14th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 15th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 17th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 17th in the regionMost Conservative: 18th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 19th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Giant Redwoods, almost all of the nation's water is piped into the country from abroad for exorbitant prices.
  • : Following new legislation in Giant Redwoods, religious households enthusiastically use whips in private.
  • : Following new legislation in Giant Redwoods, space shuttles regularly launch rubbish into space.
  • : Following new legislation in Giant Redwoods, the government regularly hires contractors to construct high rise apartments.
  • : Following new legislation in Giant Redwoods, museums occasionally burn priceless artifacts in order to intimidate foreign curators.
  • : Giant Redwoods relocated from Empire of Great Britain to Refugia.
  • : Giant Redwoods was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Cheese Export Sector.
  • : Following new legislation in Giant Redwoods, pro-democracy regime change has been avoided.
  • : Following new legislation in Giant Redwoods, laser-wielding robots are taking aim at human hearts.
  • : Following new legislation in Giant Redwoods, they who do not work shall not eat.

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