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Most Secular: 818th Most World Assembly Endorsements: 902nd Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 964th
The Sovereign Tea Union of
Democratic Socialists
Tea Capital of The East Pacific.
Influence
Squire
Civil Rights
Average
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Good

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Gorbastan

Population2.269 billion

CapitalHeathington
LeaderPrime Minister Noah Walker
FaithAfternoon Tea

CurrencyCrown Credit
AnimalBexford Deer

The Sovereign Tea Union of Gorbastan is a massive, efficient nation, ruled by Prime Minister Noah Walker with an even hand, and remarkable for its daily referendums, soft-spoken computers, and ubiquitous missile silos. The hard-nosed, humorless population of 2.269 billion Tea-Loving Gorbastani Marsupial Hunters are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The large, corrupt, socially-minded government is primarily concerned with Defense, although Education, Administration, and Industry are also considered important, while Spirituality is ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Heathington. The average income tax rate is 95.3%.

The frighteningly efficient Gorbastani economy, worth 485 trillion Crown Credits 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 Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, Woodchip Exports, and Uranium Mining. 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 214,172 Crown Credits, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Becoming a missionary is a sure-fire route to martyrdom, the nation's soldiers sleep four to a bed in order to use space economically, the Party has more splits than a yo-yo dieter's trousers, and the "war on terror" doesn't seem to be making Tea-Loving Gorbastani Marsupial Hunters any less frightened. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Gorbastan's national animal is the Bexford Deer, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is Afternoon Tea.

Gorbastan is ranked 166,041st in the world and 6,254th in The East Pacific for Lowest Overall Tax Burden, scoring -402.74 on the Hayek Index.

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Most Secular: 818thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 902ndLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 964thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1,039thHighest Poor Incomes: 1,127thMost Influential: 1,206thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1,542ndTop
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Largest Governments: 3,879thMost Corrupt Governments: 4,268thHighest Average Tax Rates: 4,420thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 4,471stLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 4,542ndHighest Average Incomes: 4,641stMost Scientifically Advanced: 5,791stLowest Crime Rates: 6,020thLargest Black Market: 6,353rdSmartest Citizens: 6,900thMost Avoided: 6,934thMost Advanced Public Education: 7,715thLargest Information Technology Sector: 7,735thTop
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Most Income Equality: 8,885thMost Advanced Public Transport: 8,997thMost Subsidized Industry: 9,547thMost Efficient Economies: 10,481stMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 10,482ndLargest Mining Sector: 11,055thMost Inclusive: 11,266thLargest Welfare Programs: 13,528thRudest Citizens: 16,594th
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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 16th in the regionMost Secular: 17th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 21st in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 21st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 23rd in the regionMost Influential: 43rd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 63rd in the regionTop
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Highest Unexpected Death Rate: 76th in the regionLargest Governments: 79th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 80th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 82nd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 85th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 87th in the regionLargest Black Market: 107th in the regionMost Avoided: 112th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 141st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 154th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 169th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 172nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 194th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 207th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 222nd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 228th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 249th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 255th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 312th in the regionTop
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Most Inclusive: 328th in the regionMost Income Equality: 372nd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 379th in the regionRudest Citizens: 381st in the regionMost Stationary: 556th in the region

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Endorsements Received: 165 » Republic of Monarchists, H-Zhena, A Slanted Black Stripe, Fraxhemark, Riveraland, Aelitia, Am Echad, Socialist Holy American Empire, Wiranath, Brotherland, Qui sequuntur somnia, Fedele, Ver Norge, The Sacred Whale, Telmarine, Galve, Dronida, Izonno, Ravendi, Peatiktist, Headpat Central, Bachtendekuppen, Todd McCloud, Dreshand, Splena, Dark Edgyness, British Calradia, United China Nation, New Birblands, Shinnokawa, Dreamersistan, Hizuru, Broengtopia, Squid Ruinosa, The Happian Union, Arkantis, Tim Stark, Eagas, Axdel, Endertopias, Thyaclinia, New Taranaki, Pulmonaria, Roissyland, Terrabis-Seran, Merlovich, Enlil, Republic of Berzerkistan, Davelands, The Holy Empire of Moronica, and 115 others.The Anarchy Republic of Slaanesh, United Edwards, Ridann, Marrico, Neruch, Shantan, VW53Aland, Dragonia, The New Wisconsin Empire, Asendavia, Free sovereign Soviet socialist republic, The Soviet Space Commie Union, Kelsyth, Osterreich und Ungarn, Pakitsk, Avalon Ascendancy, Harro Waarudho, Imperial Akatsuki, Kublam, Adavan, Outer Verron Swicia Islands, Agonya, Kampf Empire, Tshana, Federated States of Zootron, Floofle Poofs, Tuvaltastan, Slui, Kagorg Bra Corna, Shavara, Lorynia, Drunken Seal Islands, Eclonia, United-kingdom of Britannia, Curupiri, Ellsonian Dominion, Amanthaya, Southern Yugoslavia, Solarfall, Greater New Islew, Norgsveldet, New Leganes, The New Papacy of Rome and the Spanish, Froplondia, Taurora, Solestia, Danesopia, Kelssek, Acnor, Sufjan Stevens Fans, Verketa, Eastern Hyront Scasssen, Amjedia, Xobalon, Slys Paws, Lyontisia, Bullpups, Baumdahl, Blobbo, Restoration of Eastern Kaiserreich, Perpetuam, The Angel of Charity, Sicilla, Bytes, Indrapore, Danelaw Scandinavia, BearStackof2015, Kangarawa, Janoobi Jazair, Arberinopolis, TheRuthenians, Akorial, Nova-Columbia, Just Vale 2, The United Asian Republics, Talitoa, SloveStates, Someseni, The Redundant Republic of Republics, The Holy Utopian Republic, Devlon, The Cult of the Great Cthulhu, Atlia Sonis, Tree Egg, Anecho, Bakaworld, Abadong, Acheronn, Federal Unity, Astroa, Fantasy Peninsula, Bai Lung, Barfleur, Aeljae, Archooli, Alabamaxen, Tierrafirma, Adolanta, America Mjolnir, Bacon Land, Justice-Becoming, AngusEssa, Kingdom of Pars, VoyKovie, Vultuca, Aleister, Opossum Slayer, ArenaC, Greater Felter, Kilkire, Funkadelia, Abtracnt, Kalaratri, Babcocia, and The United Neo American Union.

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