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The Garthful Garthing Garthers of Elegarth

“Ho ho ho! The most wonderful time of the year!” SantaGarth

Category: Father Knows Best State
Civil Rights:
Below Average
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Rare

Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: the West Pacific

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Elegarth

Population21.364 billion

CapitalNorth Pole
LeaderSantaGarth
FaithBahamuth Faith

CurrencyElf
AnimalReindeer

The Garthful Garthing Garthers of Elegarth is a gargantuan, orderly nation, ruled by SantaGarth with an iron fist, and remarkable for its zero percent divorce rate, anti-smoking policies, and feral children. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 21.364 billion Draconians 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 Industry, Administration, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of North Pole. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 71.8%.

The frighteningly efficient Draconic economy, worth a remarkable 5,345 trillion Elves a year, is broadly diversified and mostly comprised of black market activity, especially in Information Technology, Arms Manufacturing, Uranium Mining, and Woodchip Exports. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an amazing 250,219 Elves, with the richest citizens earning 5.8 times as much as the poorest.

A petition to improve Draconic literacy is mostly signed with cross-marks, lifeguards are more concerned with watching for sharks than struggling swimmers, members of majority races are forced out of their homes to make way for Bigtopians, and janitors and factory workers are often better educated than the bosses they work for. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Elegarth's national animal is the Reindeer, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Bahamuth Faith.

Elegarth is ranked 368th in the world and 11th in the West Pacific for Largest Black Market, with 6,784 trillion Standard Monetary Units.

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Most Valuable International Artwork: 25thLargest Black Market: 368thLargest Mining Sector: 878thMost Corrupt Governments: 958thMost Subsidized Industry: 1,626thHighest Economic Output: 1,810thLargest Information Technology Sector: 2,033rdTop
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Largest Insurance Industry: 2,575thHighest Average Incomes: 3,464thMost Efficient Economies: 4,197thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 4,511thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 4,587thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 5,153rdLargest Populations: 6,171stLargest Manufacturing Sector: 6,306thNudest: 7,803rdMost Advanced Public Education: 8,400thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 10,262ndMost Influential: 11,818thTop
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Highest Poor Incomes: 12,466thMost Secular: 12,470thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 13,341stLargest Governments: 13,609thHighest Disposable Incomes: 14,411thMost Avoided: 15,187thLargest Retail Industry: 16,172ndHealthiest Citizens: 16,201stLargest Agricultural Sector: 18,377thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 20,833rdMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 21,313thMost Advanced Public Transport: 22,213thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 22,272nd
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Most Valuable International Artwork: 2nd in the regionLargest Black Market: 11th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 20th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 26th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 30th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 34th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 42nd in the regionLargest Populations: 47th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 52nd in the regionTop
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Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 68th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 77th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 78th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 85th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 98th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 100th in the regionNudest: 106th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 155th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 162nd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 223rd in the regionLargest Governments: 250th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 251st in the regionMost Avoided: 260th in the regionTop
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Most Secular: 298th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 357th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 358th in the regionMost Influential: 366th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 366th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 389th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 397th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 408th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 431st in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 442nd in the regionMost Developed: 542nd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 558th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Elegarth, janitors and factory workers are often better educated than the bosses they work for.
  • : Following new legislation in Elegarth, members of majority races are forced out of their homes to make way for Bigtopians.
  • : Following new legislation in Elegarth, lifeguards are more concerned with watching for sharks than struggling swimmers.
  • : Following new legislation in Elegarth, a petition to improve Draconic literacy is mostly signed with cross-marks.
  • : Following new legislation in Elegarth, immigrants who carry knives on them are presumed to be chefs.
  • : Following new legislation in Elegarth, unsolved crimes are often pinned on veterans with PTSD.
  • : Following new legislation in Elegarth, legal contracts aren't worth the paper they're written on.
  • : Following new legislation in Elegarth, there's no such thing as bad publicity.
  • : Following new legislation in Elegarth, the navy plans patrols according to how many pubs nearby ports have.
  • : Following new legislation in Elegarth, hunters often become the hunted.

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