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The United Commonwealths of Gagium

“Deo Confidimus”

Category: Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
Civil Rights:
Good
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Average

Regional Influence: Squire

Location: The League of Conservative Nations

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Gagium

Population7.089 billion

CapitalSt Louis
LeaderKing Arsène Rodier
FaithChristianity

CurrencyGagi
AnimalPelican

The United Commonwealths of Gagium is a colossal, efficient nation, ruled by King Arsène Rodier with an even hand, and notable for its vat-grown people, multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, and strictly enforced bedtime. The hard-nosed, hard-working, humorless, devout population of 7.089 billion Gagians 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 relatively small, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Industry, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of St Louis. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 2.7%.

The frighteningly efficient Gagian economy, worth a remarkable 2,136 trillion Gagis a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Retail industry, with major contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, and Gambling. Black market activity is frequent. Average income is an amazing 301,327 Gagis, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 895,947 per year while the poor average 79,454, a ratio of 11.3 to 1.

Lottery winners spend most of their money on security, the first test of a good kindergartener is the quality of the sponge-baths they give, unused plastic recycling bins are being dumped into landfills by the tonne, and the last thing Gagian soldiers hear before charging into battle is a preacher trying to convert them. Crime, especially youth-related, is all-pervasive, with the police force struggling against a lack of funding and a high mortality rate. Gagium's national animal is the Pelican, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to toxic air pollution, and its national religion is Christianity.

Gagium is ranked 36,679th in the world and 32nd in The League of Conservative Nations for Most Pro-Market, scoring 67 on the Rand Index.

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Largest Retail Industry: 233rdRudest Citizens: 257thHighest Disposable Incomes: 695thLargest Gambling Industry: 709thMost Valuable International Artwork: 726thFattest Citizens: 777thMost Armed: 798thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 893rdMost Efficient Economies: 1,136thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1,143rdMost Corrupt Governments: 1,229thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1,440thHighest Crime Rates: 1,538thMost Avoided: 1,564thMost Devout: 1,614thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1,739thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1,881stHighest Average Incomes: 1,933rdLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1,952ndTop
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Highest Wealthy Incomes: 2,645thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 2,821stMost Scientifically Advanced: 2,864thLargest Mining Sector: 2,994thLargest Agricultural Sector: 3,679thMost Subsidized Industry: 4,705thLargest Information Technology Sector: 5,052ndMost Advanced Defense Forces: 5,766thLargest Insurance Industry: 6,354thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 6,416thLargest Black Market: 6,493rdHighest Economic Output: 6,761stLargest Governments: 7,040thSmartest Citizens: 9,234thMost Cultured: 9,430thTop
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Largest Publishing Industry: 11,174thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 11,325thHighest Poor Incomes: 15,470thMost Rebellious Youth: 18,683rd
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Most Valuable International Artwork: 1st in the regionTop
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Most Corrupt Governments: 2nd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 2nd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 3rd in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 4th in the regionRudest Citizens: 4th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 5th in the regionMost Avoided: 5th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 5th in the regionMost Armed: 5th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 5th in the regionFattest Citizens: 5th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 5th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 5th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 6th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 6th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 6th in the regionTop
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Largest Mining Sector: 7th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 7th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 7th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 7th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 7th in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 7th in the regionLargest Governments: 8th in the regionMost Devout: 8th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 9th in the regionLargest Black Market: 9th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 9th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 10th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 11th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 12th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 12th in the region

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