by Max Barry

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Largest Insurance Industry: 4,330thMost Scientifically Advanced: 5,367thLargest Information Technology Sector: 7,481st
The Father Knows Best State of
Father Knows Best State Suspiciously Liberal Dictatorship
the path to godhood is lit by the lamps of science.
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Influence
Hatchling
Civil Rights
Some
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Unheard Of

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Golgorna

Population1.625 billion

CapitalUnlondon
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Currencybitcoin
Animal20 mm autocannon

The Father Knows Best State of Golgorna is a massive, orderly nation, ruled by -data expunged- with an iron fist, and remarkable for its ubiquitous missile silos, keen interest in outer space, and vat-grown people. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 1.625 billion Golgornans are ruled by a mostly-benevolent dictator, who grants the populace the freedom to live their own lives but watches carefully for anyone to slip up.

The medium-sized, corrupt, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Education, and Law & Order. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Unlondon. The average income tax rate is 64.7%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Golgornan economy, worth 239 trillion bitcoins a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Retail, and Door-to-door Insurance Sales. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 147,417 bitcoins, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

People who stay late at the office often come home to find their own funeral being planned, customs officers pretend not to hear shouts of "HELP LET ME OUT!" emerging from diplomatic bags, tower block residents are each held responsible for four square inches of front lawn, and life expectancies inside correctional facilities vastly exceed the national average. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Golgorna's national animal is the 20 mm autocannon, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

Golgorna is ranked 20,385th in the world and 948th in The North Pacific for Most Advanced Law Enforcement, scoring 5,275.66 on the Orwell Orderliness Index.

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Largest Insurance Industry: 4,330thMost Scientifically Advanced: 5,367thLargest Information Technology Sector: 7,481stMost Developed: 9,855thHighest Poor Incomes: 10,006thHealthiest Citizens: 11,360thLowest Crime Rates: 11,488thLargest Retail Industry: 11,497thMost Corrupt Governments: 11,829thLongest Average Lifespans: 11,976thTop
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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 12,851stSmartest Citizens: 14,393rdLargest Manufacturing Sector: 14,578thHighest Average Incomes: 14,771stMost Advanced Defense Forces: 14,807thMost Secular: 15,605thMost Efficient Economies: 16,013thMost Inclusive: 16,226thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 17,062ndLargest Governments: 17,930thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 20,385thMost Advanced Public Education: 23,215th
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Largest Insurance Industry: 176th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 313th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 427th in the regionTop
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Highest Poor Incomes: 538th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 588th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 595th in the regionMost Developed: 600th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 607th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 611th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 623rd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 633rd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 677th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 720th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 746th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 771st in the regionMost Secular: 813th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 849th in the regionLargest Governments: 901st in the regionMost Inclusive: 944th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 948th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 963rd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Golgorna was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Longest Average Lifespans.
  • : Following new legislation in Golgorna, life expectancies inside correctional facilities vastly exceed the national average.
  • : Following new legislation in Golgorna, tower block residents are each held responsible for four square inches of front lawn.
  • : Following new legislation in Golgorna, customs officers pretend not to hear shouts of "HELP LET ME OUT!" emerging from diplomatic bags.
  • : Golgorna was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Longest Average Lifespans and the Top 10% for Most Subsidized Industry.
  • : Following new legislation in Golgorna, people who stay late at the office often come home to find their own funeral being planned.
  • : Following new legislation in Golgorna, many suspect the government "doth protest too much" with their curiously specific denials of conspiracy theories.
  • : Following new legislation in Golgorna, signatures have been replaced with illegible scribbles.
  • : Following new legislation in Golgorna, doughnut-makers claim their products are healthy because they are fortified with vitamins.
  • : Following new legislation in Golgorna, the nation's generous tax credits have brought all the film studios to the yard.

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