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Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 9thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 9thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 11th
The Grand Duchy Duchy Dutch of
Compulsory Consumerist State Consumerist Wage Drones
Where the great shall not be constrained by the small
Influence
Truckler
Civil Rights
Some
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Unheard Of

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Le Duche

Population30.203 billion

CapitalLindblum
LeaderRonald Grump

CurrencyGrump
AnimalGryphon

The Grand Duchy Duchy Dutch of Le Duche is a gargantuan, orderly nation, ruled by Ronald Grump with an iron fist, and remarkable for its multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, ubiquitous missile silos, and keen interest in outer space. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 30.203 billion Le Duchies are rabid consumers, partly through choice and partly because the government tells them to and dissenters tend to vanish from their homes at night.

The minute, corrupt, pro-business, well-organized government, or what there is of one, juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Lindblum. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Le Duchean economy, worth an astonishing 25,405 trillion Grumps 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, Gambling, and Uranium Mining. Average income is a breathtaking 841,170 Grumps, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 7,879,876 per year while the poor average 7,554, a ratio of 1,043 to 1.

Minority children spend hours bussing to schools miles away from home, a large percentage of the poor live from cradle to grave in subterranean wage slavery, tourists flock to see the giant stone carvings of Le Duche's historical leaders at Mount Rushless, and Pinkerton agents are called in to forcibly break up white collar strikes. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Le Duche's national animal is the Gryphon, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Le Duche is ranked 29th in the world and 1st in Flavian Amphitheatre for Most Politically Apathetic Citizens, with 125.86 Whatever.

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Most Advanced Defense Forces: 14,418thMost Pro-Market: 17,298thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 18,028thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 20,320th

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