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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 2,189th Largest Cheese Export Sector: 2,338th Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 2,681st
The Fox Inquisitor of
Inoffensive Centrist Democracy Communists
Come to our lovely abodes, then go to our labs.
Queen Aura
Influence
Shoeshiner
Civil Rights
Good
Economy
All-Consuming
Political Freedom
Some

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East Lodge

Population845 million

CapitalWest Colony
LeaderQueen Aura

CurrencyDiamond Zalrecs
AnimalZoo Human

The Fox Inquisitor of East Lodge is a huge, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Queen Aura with an even hand, and renowned for its ban on automobiles, pith helmet sales, and daily referendums. The hard-nosed, hard-working population of 845 million East Lodgeans 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 relatively small, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Administration, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of West Colony. The average income tax rate is 16.7%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The all-consuming East Lodgean economy, worth 95.6 trillion Diamond Zalrecs a year, is fairly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Tourism, Arms Manufacturing, and Basket Weaving. Black market activity is frequent. Average income is an impressive 113,184 Diamond Zalrecs, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.5 times as much as the poorest.

The road to capitalism has proved an epic drama of adventure and exploration, cricket farmers use magnifying glasses to fit every member of their herd with tiny tracking tags, candidates celebrate "free speech" by spraying champagne all over anyone who shows up to a rally, and the Treasury Minister takes anxiety medication every time kids lose their sports kits. Crime, especially youth-related, is almost non-existent, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. East Lodge's national animal is the Zoo Human, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

East Lodge is ranked 88,588th in the world and 4,209th in the South Pacific for Highest Workforce Participation Rate, with 68.98 Workforce Participation Rate.

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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 2,189thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 2,338thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 2,681stMost Influential: 5,352ndMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 6,096thHighest Disposable Incomes: 7,669thTop
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Most Corrupt Governments: 10,035thMost Inclusive: 11,978thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 13,707thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 14,564thLargest Information Technology Sector: 16,061stLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 16,450thMost Cultured: 16,999th
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Largest Cheese Export Sector: 69th in the regionTop
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Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 100th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 146th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 200th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 211th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 264th in the regionLargest Black Market: 314th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 316th in the regionTop
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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 409th in the regionMost Inclusive: 439th in the regionMost Influential: 444th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 468th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 488th in the regionMost Cultured: 494th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 563rd in the regionMost Average: 578th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 607th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 623rd in the regionMost Developed: 665th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 681st in the region

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