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The Free State of
Moralistic Democracy
Nirgends ist es schöner als im Freistaat Flaschenhals.
Influence
Squire
Region
Civil Rights
Some
Economy
Good
Political Freedom
Excellent

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The Bottleneck

Population1.616 billion

CapitalLorch
LeaderMayor Pnischeck

CurrencyFreistaattaler
AnimalLion

The Free State of The Bottleneck is a massive, genial nation, ruled by Mayor Pnischeck with a fair hand, and notable for its compulsory military service and irreverence towards religion. The democratic population of 1.616 billion Flaschenhalsers are highly moralistic and fiercely conservative, in the sense that they tend to believe most things should be outlawed. People who have good jobs and work quietly at them are lauded; others are viewed with suspicion.

The medium-sized government juggles the competing demands of Welfare, Defense, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Lorch. The average income tax rate is 21.1%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The Flaschenhalser economy, worth 76.2 trillion Freistaattalers a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Tourism industry, with significant contributions from Basket Weaving, Furniture Restoration, and Pizza Delivery. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is 47,175 Freistaattalers, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.8 times as much as the poorest.

The Bottleneck has designated Lorch as its capital city, Mayor Pnischeck has just been declared ruler of The Bottleneck in an international press conference, life-saving resuscitation is denied based on decades-old teenage diaries that declare "I want to die before I get old", and popular cartoon characters frequently appear in government-sponsored PSAs reminding students to say no to drugs. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. The Bottleneck's national animal is the Lion, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

The Bottleneck is ranked 116,096th in the world and 25th in Deutschland for Largest Publishing Industry, scoring 212.06 on the Bella Potter Productivity e-Index.

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Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 3rd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : The Bottleneck's influence in Deutschland rose from "Page" to "Squire".
  • : Following new legislation in The Bottleneck, popular cartoon characters frequently appear in government-sponsored PSAs reminding students to say no to drugs.
  • : Following new legislation in The Bottleneck, life-saving resuscitation is denied based on decades-old teenage diaries that declare "I want to die before I get old".
  • : The Bottleneck changed its national leader to "Mayor Pnischeck".
  • : The Bottleneck changed its national leader to "Edmund Anton Pnischeck IV".
  • : Following new legislation in The Bottleneck, Mayor Pnischeck has just been declared ruler of The Bottleneck in an international press conference.
  • : The Bottleneck changed its national animal to "Lion" and its capital to "Lorch".
  • : Following new legislation in The Bottleneck, The Bottleneck has designated Lorch as its capital city.
  • : The Bottleneck published "The Free State of The Bottleneck" (Factbook: Overview).
  • : The Bottleneck created a custom banner.

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