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The Empire of Gaberel

“Progress through oppression” Jin

Category: Iron Fist Consumerists
Civil Rights:
Unheard Of
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Unheard Of

Regional Influence: Minnow

Location: Lazarus

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Gaberel

Population15.882 billion

CapitalGaberel City
LeaderJin

Currencygalec
Animalpanther

The Empire of Gaberel is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Jin with an iron fist, and notable for its closed borders, anti-smoking policies, and ubiquitous missile silos. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 15.882 billion Gaberelians 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 medium-sized, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government prioritizes Defense, although Education, Industry, and Healthcare are also considered important, while Spirituality is ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Gaberel City. The income tax rate is 100%.

The frighteningly efficient Gaberelian economy, worth an astonishing 13,592 trillion galecs 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, broadly diversified black market in Information Technology, Arms Manufacturing, Book Publishing, and Beef-Based Agriculture. 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 a breathtaking 855,852 galecs, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 3.2 times as much as the poorest.

One complaint of Gaberel's new periodic table is it's easy to confuse fearlessleaderium with gloriousleaderium, people reciting Shakespeare have become a common sight, Gaberelian watches list strained wrists as a common side effect, and sushi just hasn't been the same since salmon went extinct overnight. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, despite the fact that it is difficult to make it through a day without breaking one of the country's many laws. Gaberel's national animal is the panther, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Gaberel is ranked 4,403rd in the world and 224th in Lazarus for Largest Welfare Programs, scoring 6,812.17 on the Safety Net Mesh Density Rating.

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Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 23rdHighest Average Incomes: 23rdLargest Black Market: 34thMost Subsidized Industry: 34thLargest Agricultural Sector: 54thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 55thHighest Poor Incomes: 61stLargest Publishing Industry: 64thMost Efficient Economies: 73rdLargest Manufacturing Sector: 79thLargest Information Technology Sector: 89thMost Scientifically Advanced: 96thMost Secular: 107thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 129thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 131stLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 132ndMost Advanced Public Transport: 141stLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 144thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 173rdSmartest Citizens: 179thLargest Governments: 190thHighest Economic Output: 204thLargest Insurance Industry: 216thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 250thMost Corrupt Governments: 278thMost Cultured: 304thFattest Citizens: 318thMost Advanced Public Education: 333rdMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 386thMost Armed: 408thLargest Mining Sector: 429thHighest Average Tax Rates: 505thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 520thMost Avoided: 617thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 915thLowest Crime Rates: 950thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 990thRudest Citizens: 1,716thTop
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Largest Gambling Industry: 2,638thLargest Retail Industry: 2,727thMost Developed: 3,031stMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 3,671stLargest Welfare Programs: 4,403rdNudest: 6,042ndTop
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Largest Populations: 11,772ndMost Conservative: 15,271stMost Authoritarian: 15,384th
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Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 1st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 2nd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 3rd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 3rd in the regionLargest Black Market: 3rd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 3rd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 3rd in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 4th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 4th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 4th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 4th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 4th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 4th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 5th in the regionMost Secular: 5th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 6th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 6th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 6th in the regionLargest Governments: 7th in the regionFattest Citizens: 7th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 7th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 9th in the regionMost Armed: 10th in the regionMost Cultured: 11th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 12th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 13th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 16th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 20th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 20th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 21st in the regionMost Avoided: 28th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 51st in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 54th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 59th in the regionRudest Citizens: 67th in the regionTop
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Most Developed: 134th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 134th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 152nd in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 224th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 225th in the regionNudest: 265th in the regionLargest Populations: 380th in the regionTop
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Most Conservative: 577th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 592nd in the regionHighest Drug Use: 667th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Gaberel, sushi just hasn't been the same since salmon went extinct overnight.
  • : Following new legislation in Gaberel, Gaberelian watches list strained wrists as a common side effect.
  • : Following new legislation in Gaberel, people reciting Shakespeare have become a common sight.
  • : Following new legislation in Gaberel, one complaint of Gaberel's new periodic table is it's easy to confuse fearlessleaderium with gloriousleaderium.
  • : Following new legislation in Gaberel, millions of galecs have been thrown into a project to find the cure for Mad Panther Disease.
  • : Following new legislation in Gaberel, Jin's family members carry literal get-out-of-jail-free cards.
  • : Following new legislation in Gaberel, train stations can be 'armful places.
  • : Following new legislation in Gaberel, 4-year-olds are often found reminiscing about the 'good old days'.
  • : Following new legislation in Gaberel, small shoes often wash up on the beach.
  • : Following new legislation in Gaberel, first-time moms are expected to be experienced parents from day one.

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