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The Nation formally by the name of 9003

9003 was Commended by Security Council Resolution # 311

“They're taking the friends to Gold town” The Great Goblin

Category: Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
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Regional Influence: Sprat

Location: The North Pacific



Population17.29 billion

LeaderThe Great Goblin

Currencygold bar

The Nation formally by the name of 9003 is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by The Great Goblin with an even hand, and notable for its deadly medical pandemics, fear of technology, and compulsory gun ownership. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 17.29 billion public filth have some civil rights, but not too many, enjoy the freedom to spend their money however they like, to a point, and take part in free and open elections, although not too often.

The tiny, corrupt government is dominated by the Department of Defense, although Industry is also considered important, while Environment and Social Policy are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Angband. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 1.6%.

The frighteningly efficient Slave to the man economy, worth a remarkable 4,981 trillion gold bars a year, is fairly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Uranium Mining, Woodchip Exports, and Retail. Black market activity is frequent. Average income is an amazing 288,103 gold bars, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,923,567 per year while the poor average 16,340, a ratio of 117 to 1.

The dead are minced up and sold to people in burger form, sharks are enjoying their deliveries of canned food, the nation has recently been attributed to the funding of terrorist organisations, and strategic bombers are being converted into preschools. Crime is all-pervasive, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. 9003's national animal is the human, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is 9002ism.

9003 is ranked 1,292nd in the world and 38th in The North Pacific for Lowest Overall Tax Burden, scoring 249.04 on the Hayek Index.

Most Valuable International Artwork: 7thMost Avoided: 142ndHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 147thFattest Citizens: 180thMost Corrupt Governments: 224thLargest Mining Sector: 224thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 243rdMost Ignorant Citizens: 327thMost Armed: 331stMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 425thLargest Insurance Industry: 515thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 548thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 586thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 697thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 741stHighest Disposable Incomes: 743rdNudest: 805thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 900thHighest Crime Rates: 962ndRudest Citizens: 1,024thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1,292ndHighest Economic Output: 1,858thLargest Retail Industry: 2,074thTop
Highest Average Incomes: 2,236thMost Primitive: 2,599thMost Devout: 2,797thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 3,183rdGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 3,259thLargest Black Market: 3,990thMost Influential: 4,303rdLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 5,337thMost Efficient Economies: 6,012thLargest Populations: 9,435thTop
Largest Governments: 13,425thMost Subsidized Industry: 17,024thHighest Drug Use: 20,463rdMost World Assembly Endorsements: 21,505th
Most Valuable International Artwork: 3rd in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 4th in the regionFattest Citizens: 5th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 5th in the regionMost Avoided: 5th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 6th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 7th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 8th in the regionMost Armed: 15th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 16th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 18th in the regionNudest: 20th in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 21st in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 22nd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 26th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 30th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 34th in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 36th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 37th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 38th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 51st in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 56th in the regionRudest Citizens: 66th in the regionTop
Highest Average Incomes: 108th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 109th in the regionMost Devout: 117th in the regionLargest Populations: 118th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 122nd in the regionMost Primitive: 146th in the regionLargest Black Market: 170th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 297th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 323rd in the regionHighest Drug Use: 457th in the regionTop
Largest Governments: 653rd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 806th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in 9003, strategic bombers are being converted into preschools.
  • : Following new legislation in 9003, the nation has recently been attributed to the funding of terrorist organisations.
  • : Following new legislation in 9003, sharks are enjoying their deliveries of canned food.
  • : 9003 lodged a message on the The North Pacific Regional Message Board.
  • : Following new legislation in 9003, the dead are minced up and sold to people in burger form.
  • : Following new legislation in 9003, the government's official position on invasive species is 'who cares?'.
  • : Following new legislation in 9003, theoretical science is only theoretical.
  • : Following new legislation in 9003, the full weight of the law is being applied against hate speech.
  • : Following new legislation in 9003, the nation refuses to provide international aid.
  • : Following new legislation in 9003, pirates armed with sonar-guided semi-autonomous torpedos and laser weapons systems are often seen capturing fishing trawlers.


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