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The Republic of Durglyland

“Mission Accomplished”

Category: Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
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Regional Influence: Newcomer

Location: The North Pacific



Population3.414 billion



The Republic of Durglyland is a massive, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by President with an even hand, and remarkable for its national health service, unlimited-speed roads, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, humorless population of 3.414 billion Durglylandians 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 government juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Durglyburg. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 3.9%.

The frighteningly efficient Durglylandian economy, worth 834 trillion guilders a year, is broadly diversified and dominated by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Retail, and Tourism. Average income is an amazing 244,343 guilders, with the richest citizens earning 7.2 times as much as the poorest.

Senior citizens can usually be found doing heavy manual labour, home renovation shows are increasingly popular, an aboriginal talking stick is used for leaders' debates at election time, and signatures have been replaced with illegible scribbles. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Durglyland's national animal is the squirrel, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Durglyland is ranked 10,552nd in the world and 525th in The North Pacific for Most Cultured, scoring 107 on the Snufflebottom-Wiggendum Pentatonic Scale.

Rudest Citizens: 436thLargest Information Technology Sector: 616thMost Scientifically Advanced: 657thHighest Disposable Incomes: 1,161stLargest Agricultural Sector: 1,356thTop
Most Secular: 1,741stLargest Retail Industry: 2,140thSmartest Citizens: 2,213thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 2,253rdHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 2,479thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 2,799thHighest Average Incomes: 3,146thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 3,700thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 4,766thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 5,419thMost Developed: 6,444thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 7,846thTop
Largest Insurance Industry: 8,951stMost Efficient Economies: 9,458thHighest Drug Use: 10,358thMost Cultured: 10,552ndSafest: 11,257thLargest Publishing Industry: 11,501stLargest Governments: 12,474thHighest Poor Incomes: 13,939thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 14,374thMost Advanced Public Education: 15,573rdMost Subsidized Industry: 15,619th
Rudest Citizens: 28th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 35th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 37th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 48th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 70th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 76th in the regionMost Secular: 87th in the regionTop
Largest Retail Industry: 117th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 123rd in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 127th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 127th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 134th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 153rd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 194th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 214th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 321st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 328th in the regionMost Developed: 389th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 421st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 432nd in the regionTop
Most Cultured: 525th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 574th in the regionLargest Governments: 598th in the regionSafest: 601st in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 603rd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 714th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 750th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 760th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 780th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 866th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Durglyland, signatures have been replaced with illegible scribbles.
  • : Following new legislation in Durglyland, an aboriginal talking stick is used for leaders' debates at election time.
  • : Following new legislation in Durglyland, home renovation shows are increasingly popular.
  • : Following new legislation in Durglyland, senior citizens can usually be found doing heavy manual labour.
  • : Durglyland was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Largest Agricultural Sector.
  • : Following new legislation in Durglyland, Bigtopian relations have become a minefield.
  • : Following new legislation in Durglyland, Durglyland's heavy congestion charges are the bane of motorists' lives.
  • : Following new legislation in Durglyland, relations with Dàguó have warmed from frosty to chilly.
  • : Following new legislation in Durglyland, you can call your arthritic immigrant neighbour for all your roof-tiling and guttering needs.
  • : Following new legislation in Durglyland, the nation faces constant invasions by foreign boy bands.


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