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The Republic of Gart Priess

“Wir verdienen, wir zerstören” Kurapika Kurta

Category: Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
Civil Rights:
Political Freedoms:
Below Average

Regional Influence: Squire

Location: Lazarus


Gart Priess

Population5.975 billion

LeaderKurapika Kurta


The Republic of Gart Priess is a colossal, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Kurapika Kurta with an even hand, and renowned for its museums and concert halls, multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, and compulsory military service. The hard-nosed, humorless population of 5.975 billion Priesses 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 medium-sized, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Education, Defense, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Dartoka. The average income tax rate is 64.6%.

The frighteningly efficient Priessian economy, worth a remarkable 1,748 trillion Tankas a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Retail, Arms Manufacturing, and Book Publishing. Black market activity is rampant. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an amazing 292,666 Tankas, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 3.6 times as much as the poorest.

Commuters often break into synchronised para-para dancing for no reason at all, politicians spend more time in courtrooms than in Parliament, businesses often fire workers in favour of cheaper automatic systems, and the flight attendant who draws the short straw is on "cockpit bucket duty". Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Gart Priess's national animal is the Leopard, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Hoodoism.

Gart Priess is ranked 2,121st in the world and 96th in Lazarus for Highest Average Incomes, with 292,666.93 Standard Monetary Units.

Largest Insurance Industry: 705thLargest Retail Industry: 766thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 1,075thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 1,238thRudest Citizens: 1,437thLargest Publishing Industry: 1,537thTop
Highest Average Incomes: 2,121stLargest Black Market: 2,335thLargest Information Technology Sector: 2,627thMost Efficient Economies: 3,104thMost Influential: 3,158thSmartest Citizens: 3,309thHighest Poor Incomes: 3,458thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 3,670thMost Developed: 3,693rdMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3,787thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 3,862ndMost Corrupt Governments: 3,868thMost Cultured: 4,355thMost Scientifically Advanced: 4,958thMost Subsidized Industry: 5,128thHighest Disposable Incomes: 6,030thLargest Governments: 6,082ndLowest Crime Rates: 6,345thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 6,365thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 7,682ndLongest Average Lifespans: 8,245thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 8,497thHighest Economic Output: 8,748thMost Beautiful Environments: 9,345thMost Advanced Public Education: 9,534thTop
Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 11,212thMost Secular: 11,429thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 11,662ndMost Valuable International Artwork: 12,197thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 13,273rdHealthiest Citizens: 14,261stMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 19,555th
Largest Retail Industry: 30th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 43rd in the regionRudest Citizens: 53rd in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 59th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 64th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 72nd in the regionTop
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 92nd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 96th in the regionMost Influential: 102nd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 113th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 137th in the regionLargest Black Market: 137th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 153rd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 167th in the regionMost Developed: 179th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 200th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 206th in the regionMost Cultured: 219th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 225th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 233rd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 268th in the regionLargest Governments: 323rd in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 340th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 358th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 379th in the regionMost Stationary: 381st in the regionTop
Highest Economic Output: 434th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 456th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 467th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 479th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 506th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 519th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 524th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 604th in the regionMost Secular: 617th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 674th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 683rd in the region

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