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Largest Gambling Industry: 3,039thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 4,890thHighest Disposable Incomes: 6,880th
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Corporate Bordello Blood-Sucking Capitalist Leeches
The spice must flow!
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The Vereenigde Oostindiche Compagnie

Population426 million

CapitalGreater Amsterdam

CurrencyDucat
AnimalNightingale

The Republic of The Vereenigde Oostindiche Compagnie is a huge, socially progressive nation, notable for its barren, inhospitable landscape, compulsory military service, and irreverence towards religion. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic population of 426 million Dutchmen are effectively ruled by a group of massive corporations, who run for political office and provide their well-off citizens with world-class goods and services. Their poorer citizens, however, are mostly starving to death while being urged to go out and get real jobs. The populace has reasonably extensive civil rights, although these are mostly aimed at allowing them to buy whatever they like.

The tiny, pro-business, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Industry, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Greater Amsterdam. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 5.6%.

The frighteningly efficient Dutch economy, worth 44.0 trillion Ducats a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Gambling, Retail, and Arms Manufacturing. Average income is an impressive 103,198 Ducats, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 382,138 per year while the poor average 19,624, a ratio of 19.5 to 1.

Abortion is only legal in unusual circumstances, pandemics are over and done with by the time it takes to pass the nation's stringent border security, computer users are buried daily in thousands of unsolicited emails, and fancy dress parties are raided by military police for new recruits. Crime is a serious problem, with the police force struggling against a lack of funding and a high mortality rate. The Vereenigde Oostindiche Compagnie's national animal is the Nightingale, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

The Vereenigde Oostindiche Compagnie is ranked 9,790th in the world and 39th in Europeia for Largest Mining Sector, scoring 8,656.22 on the Blue Sky Asbestos Index.

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Largest Gambling Industry: 3,039thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 4,890thHighest Disposable Incomes: 6,880thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 7,192ndMost Influential: 8,249thRudest Citizens: 8,992ndLargest Mining Sector: 9,790thLargest Retail Industry: 10,135thTop
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Highest Wealthy Incomes: 11,713thMost Avoided: 14,626thHighest Crime Rates: 17,466thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 18,108thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 18,523rdLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 20,493rd
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Largest Gambling Industry: 14th in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 34th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 39th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 40th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 44th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 47th in the regionMost Avoided: 58th in the regionTop
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Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 60th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 68th in the regionRudest Citizens: 70th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 85th in the regionMost Armed: 89th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 105th in the region

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