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The United Commonwealths of Gagium

“Deo Confidimus”

Category: Corporate Bordello
Civil Rights:
Very Good
Political Freedoms:

Regional Influence: Diplomat

Location: Federation of Conservative Nations



Population5.67 billion

CapitalSt Louis
LeaderKing Arsène Rodier


The United Commonwealths of Gagium is a colossal, efficient nation, ruled by King Arsène Rodier with a fair hand, and notable for its infamous sell-swords, keen interest in outer space, and daily referendums. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, humorless, devout population of 5.67 billion Gagiumishes are effectively ruled by a group of massive corporations, who run for political office and provide their well-off citizens with world-class goods and services. Their poorer citizens, however, are mostly starving to death while being urged to go out and get real jobs. The populace has reasonably extensive civil rights, although these are mostly aimed at allowing them to buy whatever they like.

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 3.2%.

The frighteningly efficient Gagiumish economy, worth a remarkable 1,565 trillion Gagis a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Retail, Information Technology, and Gambling. Black market activity is frequent. Average income is an amazing 276,182 Gagis, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 923,831 per year while the poor average 61,373, a ratio of 15.1 to 1.

The government strictly regulates whale harvest quotas, theoretical science is only theoretical, citizens with artificial limbs are forbidden to serve as beauty pageant judges, and nuclear submarines have been deployed to protect the nation's banana supply. Crime is 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 1,479th in the world and 3rd in Federation of Conservative Nations for Most Corrupt Governments, with 288.84 Kickbacks Per Hour.

Rudest Citizens: 150thLargest Retail Industry: 280thHighest Disposable Incomes: 872ndMost Armed: 898thLargest Gambling Industry: 919thFattest Citizens: 1,047thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1,252ndMost Corrupt Governments: 1,479thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1,582ndLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1,614thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1,675thTop
Most Devout: 1,768thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1,976thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 2,037thMost Avoided: 2,085thHighest Average Incomes: 2,183rdHighest Crime Rates: 2,224thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 2,458thLargest Mining Sector: 2,599thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 2,947thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3,850thMost Scientifically Advanced: 4,277thMost Influential: 4,488thMost Subsidized Industry: 5,082ndLargest Information Technology Sector: 5,222ndLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 5,334thLargest Insurance Industry: 5,336thLargest Black Market: 5,944thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 6,298thMost Efficient Economies: 7,694thTop
Highest Economic Output: 8,923rdLargest Governments: 9,067thSmartest Citizens: 10,024thMost Cultured: 11,291stLargest Publishing Industry: 12,188th
Rudest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Armed: 2nd in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 2nd in the regionTop
Largest Pizza Delivery Sector: 3rd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 3rd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 3rd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3rd in the regionFattest Citizens: 4th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 4th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 4th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 4th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 4th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 4th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 5th in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 5th in the regionMost Influential: 6th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 6th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 7th in the regionMost Avoided: 7th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 8th in the regionMost Devout: 8th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 8th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 9th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 9th in the regionLargest Governments: 11th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 12th in the regionLargest Black Market: 13th in the regionTop
Smartest Citizens: 16th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 17th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 17th in the regionMost Stationary: 17th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 18th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 19th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 22nd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 22nd in the regionMost Cultured: 26th in the region

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