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Most Influential: 896thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3,630thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 3,634th
The Union of
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Karl Veers
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West Heisen

Population5.136 billion

LeaderKarl Veers

CurrencyHeisenian Mark
AnimalBlack Cat

The Union of West Heisen is a colossal, safe nation, ruled by Karl Veers with an iron fist, and notable for its enslaved workforce, pith helmet sales, and irreverence towards religion. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 5.136 billion West Heisenians are kept under strict control by the oppressive government, which measures its success by the nation's GDP and refers to individual citizens as "human resources."

The medium-sized, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Aster. The average income tax rate is 69.1%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient West Heisenian economy, worth 771 trillion Heisenian Marks a year, is fairly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology, Retail, and Woodchip Exports. Black market activity is rampant. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 150,166 Heisenian Marks, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.1 times as much as the poorest.

Big Brother is still watching even when your big brother is dead, nature magazines featuring stick insects on their covers are sometimes mistaken for fashion magazines, not showing enough enthusiasm for mutual assured destruction is a court-martial offence, and battlefield gains are quickly lost when enemies don't respect a time-out. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. West Heisen's national animal is the Black Cat, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

West Heisen is ranked 222,657th in the world and 272nd in Confederation of Corrupt Dictators for Most Politically Apathetic Citizens, with 42.83 Whatever.

Most Influential: 896thTop
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 3,630thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 3,634thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 4,232ndLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 4,376thLargest Retail Industry: 5,134thMost Valuable International Artwork: 5,383rdLargest Manufacturing Sector: 6,715thMost Corrupt Governments: 7,020thLargest Black Market: 8,339thLowest Crime Rates: 8,463rdHighest Poor Incomes: 11,259thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 11,332ndMost Developed: 11,783rdTop
Most Avoided: 12,621stMost Authoritarian: 13,480thLargest Information Technology Sector: 13,573rdHighest Average Incomes: 14,157thMost Conservative: 15,821stMost Scientifically Advanced: 17,941stMost Efficient Economies: 18,018thLargest Governments: 19,486thSmartest Citizens: 20,078thMost Stationary: 22,126thLongest Average Lifespans: 22,143rdMost Subsidized Industry: 23,294th
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 5th in the regionMost Influential: 5th in the regionTop
Most Valuable International Artwork: 20th in the regionMost Stationary: 20th in the region

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