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Most Armed: 3,407thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 5,844thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 6,329th
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Dai Chuan

Population2.279 billion

LeaderKaiser Wilhelm I


The Galaktisch Regg of Dai Chuan is a massive, orderly nation, ruled by Kaiser Wilhelm I with an iron fist, and renowned for its zero percent divorce rate, irreverence towards religion, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 2.279 billion Icebergians are ruled by a mostly-benevolent dictator, who grants the populace the freedom to live their own lives but watches carefully for anyone to slip up.

The medium-sized, corrupt, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Education, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Glaciesia. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 69.6%.

The frighteningly efficient Icebergian economy, worth 402 trillion Newtons a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Woodchip Exports, and Uranium Mining. Black market activity is extensive. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 176,577 Newtons, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 540,229 per year while the poor average 44,705, a ratio of 12.1 to 1.

The Hanging Gardens account for half of Glaciesia's water use, one tree's worth of paperwork accompanies each imported log of timber, divorcees attending custody disputes tend to wear black-and-white zigzag patterns, and cyber-crime and tin-foil hat sales are both increasing at record rates. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Dai Chuan's national animal is the Griffin, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to toxic air pollution.

Dai Chuan is ranked 6,757th in the world and 3rd in The Region That Has No Big Banks for Highest Wealthy Incomes, with 540,229 Standard Monetary Units.

Most Armed: 3,407thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 5,844thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 6,329thLargest Information Technology Sector: 6,704thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 6,757thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 7,249thMost Scientifically Advanced: 7,280thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 7,358thMost Valuable International Artwork: 8,689thMost Efficient Economies: 9,658thMost Developed: 9,801stMost Secular: 10,672ndHighest Average Incomes: 10,905thMost Corrupt Governments: 12,387thSmartest Citizens: 12,827thMost Patriotic: 13,103rdLargest Mining Sector: 13,286thMost Subsidized Industry: 14,373rdLargest Governments: 15,232ndTop
Lowest Crime Rates: 16,432ndMost Advanced Public Education: 16,877thLargest Retail Industry: 18,777thLargest Black Market: 19,831stHealthiest Citizens: 20,094thLongest Average Lifespans: 20,858thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 27,557thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 28,897th
Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 2nd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 3rd in the regionMost Armed: 3rd in the regionTop
Most Advanced Defense Forces: 5th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 6th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 9th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 9th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 10th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 12th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 12th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 13th in the regionMost Patriotic: 18th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 18th in the regionTop
Most Developed: 21st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 21st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 22nd in the regionLargest Black Market: 23rd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 24th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 26th in the regionLargest Governments: 29th in the regionMost Secular: 30th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 31st in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 34th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 37th in the region

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