by Max Barry

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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 470th Most Influential: 844th Most Advanced Defense Forces: 1,855th
The Zombie Doom Snake of
Iron Fist Consumerists
It's all over
Civil Rights
Unheard Of
Political Freedom

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Population2.941 billion

FaithWorship of Omnipotent Danger Noodle

AnimalDeadly Garden Snake

The Zombie Doom Snake of Gurou is a massive, orderly nation, ruled by Simoji with an iron fist, and remarkable for its complete lack of prisons, otherworldly petting zoo, and smutty television. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 2.941 billion Gurouans 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 large, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government prioritizes Defense, although Law & Order, Administration, and Education are also considered important, while Welfare and International Aid receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of WiyNei. The average income tax rate is 77.7%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The strong Gurouan economy, worth 330 trillion Iousies 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 an enormous, deeply entrenched, quite specialized black market in Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, 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 impressive 112,483 Iousies, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.3 times as much as the poorest.

Fat-shaming is now public policy, teams of painters are converting road signs from horse lengths to kilometers, soldiers must key in their passwords every time they want to reload their weapons, and the government extracts trade concessions from poor nations in exchange for humanitarian aid. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Gurou's national animal is the Deadly Garden Snake, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Worship of Omnipotent Danger Noodle.

Gurou is ranked 126,242nd in the world and 6,237th in The North Pacific for Most Developed, scoring 49.04 on the Human Development Index.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 470thMost Influential: 844thTop
Most Advanced Defense Forces: 1,855thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 2,042ndLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 3,802ndMost Secular: 3,947thLargest Black Market: 4,262ndMost Corrupt Governments: 5,992ndLargest Manufacturing Sector: 6,559thTop
Highest Unexpected Death Rate: 8,739thMost Authoritarian: 8,753rdMost Conservative: 11,739thHighest Average Tax Rates: 14,510thLargest Governments: 15,844thLowest Crime Rates: 16,005th
Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 61st in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 79th in the regionTop
Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 136th in the regionLargest Black Market: 142nd in the regionMost Secular: 201st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 232nd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 265th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 300th in the regionMost Influential: 303rd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 337th in the regionTop
Most Authoritarian: 510th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 633rd in the regionMost Conservative: 669th in the regionLargest Governments: 743rd in the regionMost Stationary: 762nd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 812th in the region

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