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Largest Insurance Industry: 8,783rd Fattest Citizens: 10,276th Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 10,760th
The Federation of
Corporate Police State Entrepreneurial Freedom Zone
I will uphold
Influence
Truckler
Civil Rights
Unheard Of
Economy
Strong
Political Freedom
Rare

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The Polders

Population20 million

CurrencyGulden
AnimalDouble tailed lion

The Federation of The Polders is a small, safe nation, notable for its compulsory military service, enslaved workforce, and suspicion of poets. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical population of 20 million Dutches are ruled with an iron fist by the corrupt, dictatorship government, which oppresses anyone who isn't on the board of a Fortune 500 company. Large corporations tend to be above the law, and use their financial clout to gain ever-increasing government benefits at the expense of the poor and unemployed.

The relatively small, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Law & Order, Defense, and Education. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 8.8%.

The strong Poldersian economy, worth 1.41 trillion Guldens a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Door-to-door Insurance Sales, Uranium Mining, and Information Technology. Average income is 70,525 Guldens, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 281,469 per year while the poor average 11,885, a ratio of 23.7 to 1.

Schoolyard sandboxes resemble ashtrays due to the large number of cigarette butts, sports journals are full of uplifting puff-pieces on professional boxers, illegal moonshine operations get taken out with laser-guided airstrikes, and the state believes that children are what you make of them. Crime, especially youth-related, is almost non-existent, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. The Polders's national animal is the Double tailed lion, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

The Polders is ranked 69,254th in the world and 30th in United States of UBG for Highest Workforce Participation Rate, with 71.18 Workforce Participation Rate.

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Largest Insurance Industry: 8,783rdFattest Citizens: 10,276thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 10,760thMost Ignorant Citizens: 10,829thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 11,562ndGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 12,813thMost Conservative: 16,132nd
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Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 3rd in the regionTop
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Largest Insurance Industry: 4th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 5th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 5th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in The Polders, the state believes that children are what you make of them.
  • : Following new legislation in The Polders, illegal moonshine operations get taken out with laser-guided airstrikes.
  • : Following new legislation in The Polders, sports journals are full of uplifting puff-pieces on professional boxers.
  • : Following new legislation in The Polders, schoolyard sandboxes resemble ashtrays due to the large number of cigarette butts.
  • : Following new legislation in The Polders, the government is promoting multicultural values with the new 'Just Be Nice, OK?' initiative.
  • : The Polders was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Furniture Restoration Industry.
  • : Following new legislation in The Polders, it's a hard-knock life for the orphans doing factory work for a pittance.
  • : The Polders published "Taking West Flaanderen" (Account: Other).
  • : The Polders published "Claims on West Vlaanderen" (Account: Other).
  • : Following new legislation in The Polders, notable individuals are granted land and titles.

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