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Most Influential: 964thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 3,639thMost Valuable International Artwork: 4,167th
The Union of
Iron Fist Consumerists Champions of Commerce
Long live the Revolution
Karl Veers
Influence
Shoeshiner
Civil Rights
Unheard Of
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
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West Heisen

Population5.291 billion

CapitalAster
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 smutty television, zero percent divorce rate, and triple-decker prams. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 5.291 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 794 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 171,434th in the world and 33rd in Azure Watester Federation for Greatest Rich-Poor Divides, with 2.06 Rich To Poor Income Ratio.

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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 3,639thMost Valuable International Artwork: 4,167thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 4,222ndLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 4,396thLargest Retail Industry: 5,138thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 6,783rdMost Corrupt Governments: 7,091stLargest Black Market: 8,318thLowest Crime Rates: 8,480thHighest Poor Incomes: 11,132ndLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 11,242ndMost Developed: 11,755thTop
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Most Avoided: 12,600thMost Authoritarian: 13,280thLargest Information Technology Sector: 13,476thHighest Average Incomes: 14,130thMost Conservative: 15,544thMost Scientifically Advanced: 17,743rdMost Efficient Economies: 18,044thLargest Governments: 19,460thSmartest Citizens: 19,944thLongest Average Lifespans: 21,997thMost Subsidized Industry: 23,312th
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