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Largest Agricultural Sector: 8th Largest Trout Fishing Sector: 25th Largest Populations: 118th
The Empire of
Inoffensive Centrist Democracy Fascists
Death before dishonour!
Civil Rights
Very Good
Political Freedom

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Population36.259 billion

CapitalPullenstein City


The Empire of Pullenstein is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Leader with an even hand, and remarkable for its pith helmet sales, keen interest in outer space, and irreverence towards religion. The hard-nosed, humorless population of 36.259 billion Pullensteinians have some civil rights, but not too many, enjoy the freedom to spend their money however they like, to a point, and take part in free and open elections, although not too often.

The minute, corrupt government, or what there is of one, is dominated by the Department of Education, although Defense is also considered important, while Spirituality and Social Policy aren't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Pullenstein City. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Pullensteinian economy, worth an astonishing 12,659 trillion marks a year, is quite specialized and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Tourism, Beef-Based Agriculture, and Book Publishing. Black market activity is extensive. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an amazing 349,144 marks, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.6 times as much as the poorest.

Arbitration is mightier than the sword, it is believed that belligerence is a passing phase foreign leaders will soon outgrow, the dessert 'Death by Chocolate' isn't the most lethal dish on the menu, and the government recently donated a surfboard to an impoverished family in a landlocked region. Crime is totally unknown. Pullenstein's national animal is the tiger, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Pullenstein is ranked 16,700th in the world and 497th in Lazarus for Most World Assembly Endorsements, with zero Valid Endorsements.

Largest Agricultural Sector: 8thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 25thLargest Populations: 118thMost Secular: 137thHighest Economic Output: 198thHighest Disposable Incomes: 363rdLowest Overall Tax Burden: 379thSmartest Citizens: 489thMost Scientifically Advanced: 510thLargest Information Technology Sector: 597thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 627thLargest Publishing Industry: 693rdLargest Black Market: 724thMost Beautiful Environments: 946thHighest Average Incomes: 949thHighest Poor Incomes: 1,002ndLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1,020thMost Efficient Economies: 1,099thMost Developed: 1,153rdLongest Average Lifespans: 1,482ndRudest Citizens: 1,597thTop
Largest Cheese Export Sector: 2,071stMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 2,343rdLargest Retail Industry: 3,522ndMost Rebellious Youth: 4,054thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 4,291stHighest Wealthy Incomes: 4,512thMost Stationary: 5,247thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 6,871stLowest Crime Rates: 8,344thTop
Most Influential: 10,278thMost Corrupt Governments: 12,462ndHealthiest Citizens: 12,582ndMost Advanced Public Education: 14,173rdNudest: 14,720thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 16,700th
Largest Trout Fishing Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 4th in the regionLargest Populations: 4th in the regionMost Secular: 7th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 12th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 13th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 13th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 15th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 17th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 19th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 26th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 37th in the regionLargest Black Market: 37th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 37th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 38th in the regionMost Developed: 40th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 50th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 54th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 61st in the regionRudest Citizens: 66th in the regionTop
Largest Cheese Export Sector: 92nd in the regionMost Stationary: 94th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 103rd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 196th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 206th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 211th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 256th in the regionMost Influential: 314th in the regionTop
Largest Manufacturing Sector: 363rd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 497th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 536th in the regionNudest: 639th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Pullenstein was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Rudest Citizens and the Top 5% for Lowest Crime Rates.
  • : Following new legislation in Pullenstein, the government recently donated a surfboard to an impoverished family in a landlocked region.
  • : Following new legislation in Pullenstein, the dessert 'Death by Chocolate' isn't the most lethal dish on the menu.
  • : Following new legislation in Pullenstein, it is believed that belligerence is a passing phase foreign leaders will soon outgrow.
  • : Following new legislation in Pullenstein, arbitration is mightier than the sword.
  • : Following new legislation in Pullenstein, the government response to disaster victims starving for bread is "let them eat stale cake".
  • : Following new legislation in Pullenstein, pre-takeoff checks last longer than the flights themselves.
  • : Following new legislation in Pullenstein, rebuilding efforts for a recently destroyed cathedral aren't expected to be completed for another century.
  • : Following new legislation in Pullenstein, heavy industry must go to expensive lengths to dispose of waste.
  • : Following new legislation in Pullenstein, bicyclists are banned from major roads.


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