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Largest Insurance Industry: 5,859th Highest Unexpected Death Rate: 6,530th Most Avoided: 7,462nd
The United Socialist States of
Iron Fist Consumerists
I will uphold
Influence
Envoy
Civil Rights
Few
Economy
Powerhouse
Political Freedom
Unheard Of

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The Polders

Population367 million

CapitalAmsterdam

CurrencyGulden
AnimalDouble tailed lion

The United Socialist States of The Polders is a huge, safe nation, remarkable for its free-roaming dinosaurs, ubiquitous missile silos, and state-planned economy. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical population of 367 million Dutches 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, 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 Amsterdam. The average income tax rate is 29.7%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The powerhouse Poldersian economy, worth 35.6 trillion Guldens a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is a slick, highly efficient, broadly diversified black market in Arms Manufacturing, Uranium Mining, Door-to-door Insurance Sales, and Furniture Restoration. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is 97,014 Guldens, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 3.0 times as much as the poorest.

It is illegal to brush crumbs off your clothing outdoors, in life full of care there is no time to stop and stare, all footpaths have tollbooths, and there is no such thing as an innocent fling in the Poldersian military. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. The Polders's national animal is the Double tailed lion, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

The Polders is ranked 84,558th in the world and 12th in United States of UBG for Largest Welfare Programs, scoring 1,113.32 on the Safety Net Mesh Density Rating.

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Largest Insurance Industry: 5,859thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 6,530thMost Avoided: 7,462ndLargest Mining Sector: 7,502ndMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 7,772ndTop
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Largest Furniture Restoration Industry: 9,246thMost Corrupt Governments: 11,023rdLargest Manufacturing Sector: 11,301stLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 11,977thFattest Citizens: 12,289thHighest Disposable Incomes: 17,450th
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Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2nd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : The Polders was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Highest Disposable Incomes.
  • : The Polders voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Condemn Darkesia".
  • : Following new legislation in The Polders, there is no such thing as an innocent fling in the Poldersian military.
  • : Following new legislation in The Polders, all footpaths have tollbooths.
  • : Following new legislation in The Polders, in life full of care there is no time to stop and stare.
  • : Following new legislation in The Polders, it is illegal to brush crumbs off your clothing outdoors.
  • : The Polders was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Mining Sector.
  • : Following new legislation in The Polders, environmental protestors are being rounded up and taken away in sinister black vans as a massive land development campaign gets underway.
  • : Following new legislation in The Polders, only 'organics' are permitted to be citizens.
  • : Following new legislation in The Polders, doctors who mutter "Oh my God" often lose their medical license.

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