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Largest Insurance Industry: 8,736th Fattest Citizens: 10,254th Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 10,745th
The Federation of
Corporate Police State
I will uphold
Influence
Truckler
Civil Rights
Unheard Of
Economy
Strong
Political Freedom
Rare

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The Polders

Population23 million

CurrencyGulden
AnimalDouble tailed lion

The Federation of The Polders is a small, safe nation, renowned for its barren, inhospitable landscape, enslaved workforce, and irreverence towards religion. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical population of 23 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 1.62 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 46,881st in the world and 29th in United States of UBG for Most Advanced Law Enforcement, scoring 2,336.19 on the Orwell Orderliness Index.

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Largest Insurance Industry: 8,736thFattest Citizens: 10,254thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 10,745thMost Ignorant Citizens: 10,751stHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 11,549thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 12,770thMost Conservative: 16,029th
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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:

  • : The Polders was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Conservative.
  • : 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).

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