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Most Secular: 830thLargest Information Technology Sector: 1,266thHighest Poor Incomes: 1,516th
The Citizen Republic of
Democratic Socialists Hell
Forward with Purpose, Stalwart Against the Darkness
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Nipper
Civil Rights
Below Average
Economy
Frightening
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Gawdzendia

Population12.558 billion

CapitalAdonia City
LeaderAlexander Christensen
FaithLutheranism

CurrencyGZD
AnimalWhite Collar Desk Possum

The Citizen Republic of Gawdzendia is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Alexander Christensen with an even hand, and remarkable for its infamous sell-swords, unlimited-speed roads, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, humorless population of 12.558 billion Gawdzendians are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The relatively small, corrupt, socially-minded government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Education, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Adonia City. The average income tax rate is 34.2%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Gawdzendian economy, worth a remarkable 3,039 trillion GZDS 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 large, well-organized, fairly diversified black market in Information Technology, Arms Manufacturing, Tourism, and Retail. 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 an amazing 242,046 GZDS, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

In a desperate bid for cheap airfare Gawdzendians can be seen jogging in a rubber suit just before flying, only 'organics' are permitted to be citizens, girls in elementary school classes gaze longingly at boys playing tag, and the right to free speech is being drastically curtailed. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Gawdzendia's national animal is the White Collar Desk Possum, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Lutheranism.

Gawdzendia is ranked 217,493rd in the world and 8,585th in The North Pacific for Greatest Rich-Poor Divides, with 1.36 Rich To Poor Income Ratio.

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Most Secular: 830thLargest Information Technology Sector: 1,266thHighest Poor Incomes: 1,516thLargest Agricultural Sector: 2,007thMost Scientifically Advanced: 2,330thTop
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Highest Disposable Incomes: 2,580thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2,775thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 3,087thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 3,265thLargest Black Market: 3,396thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 3,590thHighest Average Incomes: 3,844thHighest Economic Output: 4,750thMost Developed: 5,419thSmartest Citizens: 5,790thRudest Citizens: 7,012thMost Efficient Economies: 7,938thLargest Retail Industry: 8,149thMost Beautiful Environments: 8,834thLongest Average Lifespans: 8,893rdMost Valuable International Artwork: 8,988thTop
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Most Corrupt Governments: 12,156thHealthiest Citizens: 12,569thLowest Crime Rates: 12,983rdLargest Governments: 13,425thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 14,676thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 14,726thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 15,411thMost Cultured: 15,479thMost Influential: 15,592ndMost World Assembly Endorsements: 18,020thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 20,222ndMost Advanced Public Education: 20,689thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 22,604thLargest Populations: 23,042ndMost Income Equality: 23,247thMost Subsidized Industry: 23,374th
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Most Secular: 48th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 75th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 90th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 91st in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 92nd in the regionTop
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Largest Cheese Export Sector: 110th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 122nd in the regionLargest Black Market: 135th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 135th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 138th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 139th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 168th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 183rd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 329th in the regionMost Developed: 332nd in the regionRudest Citizens: 364th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 448th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 451st in the regionLargest Populations: 469th in the regionTop
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Most Beautiful Environments: 505th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 541st in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 617th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 636th in the regionLargest Governments: 681st in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 703rd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 727th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 766th in the regionMost Cultured: 800th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 819th in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 843rd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 959th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Gawdzendia, the right to free speech is being drastically curtailed.
  • : Following new legislation in Gawdzendia, girls in elementary school classes gaze longingly at boys playing tag.
  • : Following new legislation in Gawdzendia, only 'organics' are permitted to be citizens.
  • : Following new legislation in Gawdzendia, in a desperate bid for cheap airfare Gawdzendians can be seen jogging in a rubber suit just before flying.
  • : Following new legislation in Gawdzendia, there's a shortage of swinging hot spots as land development grinds to a halt.
  • : Following new legislation in Gawdzendia, Gawdzendians are regularly fired for looking at MyFace during their lunch breaks.
  • : Gawdzendia was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Subsidized Industry.
  • : Following new legislation in Gawdzendia, claiming to have performed the Heimlich Maneuver is a popular defense for assault charges.
  • : Following new legislation in Gawdzendia, mandatory neutering has made purebred dogs a thing of the past.
  • : Following new legislation in Gawdzendia, the Gawdzendia Automotive Racing Series draws millions of spectators annually while those near the tracks complain about the noise.

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