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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 3,413thMost Influential: 7,079thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 22,724th
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Nieuw-Maastricht

Population699 million

CapitalOranje-Limburg

CurrencyNeo-Patientje
AnimalMaastrichian Parrot

The Greater Union of Nieuw-Maastricht is a huge, orderly nation, notable for its public floggings, frequent executions, and ubiquitous missile silos. The cynical population of 699 million Maastrichians 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 large, corrupt, well-organized government prioritizes Defense, with Law & Order, Administration, and Education also on the agenda, while International Aid isn't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Oranje-Limburg. The average income tax rate is 51.8%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The sizeable but inefficient Nieuw-Maastrichtian economy, worth 27.1 trillion Neo-Patientjes a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is quite specialized, is led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing, Information Technology, and Tourism. Average income is 38,719 Neo-Patientjes, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The government is hungry to spread communism beyond the nation's borders, several citizens have complained about scientists abducting their pets for experimentation, it takes months to get the proper permits for a child's first tricycle, and a cat may look at a king and a dude can look at an ass. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Nieuw-Maastricht's national animal is the Maastrichian Parrot, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

Nieuw-Maastricht is ranked 40,640th in the world and 123rd in Conch Kingdom for Best Weather, with 122 Meters Of Sunlight.

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Most Corrupt Governments: 40th in the region

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Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Nieuw-Maastricht, a cat may look at a king and a dude can look at an ass.
  • : Following new legislation in Nieuw-Maastricht, it takes months to get the proper permits for a child's first tricycle.
  • : Nieuw-Maastricht was reclassified from "Father Knows Best State" to "Corrupt Dictatorship".
  • : Following new legislation in Nieuw-Maastricht, several citizens have complained about scientists abducting their pets for experimentation.
  • : Nieuw-Maastricht was reclassified from "Corrupt Dictatorship" to "Father Knows Best State".
  • : Following new legislation in Nieuw-Maastricht, the government is hungry to spread communism beyond the nation's borders.
  • : Following new legislation in Nieuw-Maastricht, not showing enough enthusiasm for mutual assured destruction is a court-martial offence.
  • : Nieuw-Maastricht was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Highest Workforce Participation Rate.
  • : Following new legislation in Nieuw-Maastricht, dubiously qualified East Lebatuckese doctors prescribe ice baths as a treatment for pneumonia.
  • : Following new legislation in Nieuw-Maastricht, frequent fliers are obliged to submit to invasive security procedures by government security.

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