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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 2,161st Largest Cheese Export Sector: 2,341st Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 2,689th
The Fox Inquisitor of
Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
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

Population851 million

CapitalWest Colony
LeaderQueen Aura

CurrencyDiamond Zalrecs
AnimalZoo Human

The Fox Inquisitor of East Lodge is a huge, efficient nation, ruled by Queen Aura with an even hand, and remarkable for its ban on automobiles, free-roaming dinosaurs, and ubiquitous missile silos. The hard-nosed, hard-working population of 851 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 Law & Order. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of West Colony. The average income tax rate is 17.5%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The all-consuming East Lodgean economy, worth 96.5 trillion Diamond Zalrecs a year, is fairly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Tourism, and Basket Weaving. Black market activity is frequent. Average income is an impressive 113,376 Diamond Zalrecs, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.5 times as much as the poorest.

Candidates celebrate "free speech" by spraying champagne all over anyone who shows up to a rally, the Treasury Minister takes anxiety medication every time kids lose their sports kits, the weather is the nation's most risqué topic of conversation, and government buildings are being cleansed of anything that might have racist connotations. 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 39,970th in the world and 1,216th in the South Pacific for Most Advanced Law Enforcement, scoring 2,653.11 on the Orwell Orderliness Index.

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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 2,161stLargest Cheese Export Sector: 2,341stLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 2,689thMost Influential: 5,292ndMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 6,105thHighest Disposable Incomes: 7,805thTop
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Most Corrupt Governments: 10,021stMost Inclusive: 11,674thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 13,746thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 14,364thLargest Information Technology Sector: 16,066thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 16,461stMost Cultured: 16,983rd
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Largest Cheese Export Sector: 69th in the regionTop
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Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 97th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 144th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 205th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 211th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 259th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 311th in the regionLargest Black Market: 312th in the regionTop
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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 403rd in the regionMost Inclusive: 431st in the regionMost Influential: 443rd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 471st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 489th in the regionMost Cultured: 493rd in the regionMost Average: 543rd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 569th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 610th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 626th in the regionMost Developed: 662nd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 684th in the region

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