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The United States of Gary Gatewood

“I understand small business growth. I was one.”

Category: Democratic Socialists
Civil Rights:
Excellent
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Very Good

Regional Influence: Squire

Location: Balder

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Gary Gatewood

Population22.382 billion

CapitalGatewood
LeaderGary
FaithGaryism

Currencycrown
Animalwolf

The United States of Gary Gatewood is a gargantuan, socially progressive nation, ruled by Gary with an even hand, and renowned for its barren, inhospitable landscape, deadly medical pandemics, and unlimited-speed roads. The hard-nosed, democratic, humorless, devout population of 22.382 billion follower of Garies are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The relatively small, corrupt, socially-minded government juggles the competing demands of Industry, Education, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Gatewood. The average income tax rate is 67.7%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Garyite economy, worth a remarkable 8,000 trillion crowns a year, is broadly diversified and mostly comprised of black market activity, especially in Furniture Restoration, Information Technology, Soda Sales, and Pizza Delivery. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an amazing 357,444 crowns, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Every product goes through extensive safety-testing by the government, little kids often wonder why strange grown-ups are following them around the soft play areas, the government pours millions of crowns into rehabilitation programs annually, and confessions don't count if suffixed with "izzle". Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Gary Gatewood's national animal is the wolf, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is Garyism.

Gary Gatewood is ranked 602nd in the world and 20th in Balder for Largest Agricultural Sector, scoring 16,922.39 on the Mu-Bah-Daggs Productivity Index.

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Largest Furniture Restoration Industry: 52ndLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 99thLargest Black Market: 201stLargest Cheese Export Sector: 244thHighest Poor Incomes: 291stLargest Soda Pop Sector: 366thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 391stMost Subsidized Industry: 416thLargest Agricultural Sector: 602ndHighest Economic Output: 716thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 724thFattest Citizens: 852ndMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 865thMost Efficient Economies: 948thHighest Average Incomes: 1,130thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1,376thMost Stationary: 1,591stLargest Mining Sector: 1,927thLargest Insurance Industry: 2,047thTop
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Largest Retail Industry: 2,592ndMost Corrupt Governments: 2,883rdMost Advanced Public Education: 3,192ndMost Advanced Public Transport: 3,701stMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 3,713thLargest Welfare Programs: 3,766thMost Devout: 4,011thLargest Publishing Industry: 4,412thHighest Disposable Incomes: 4,713thMost Avoided: 4,846thLargest Populations: 5,022ndLargest Governments: 5,909thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 7,831stLargest Information Technology Sector: 8,002ndMost Scientifically Advanced: 8,952ndLowest Crime Rates: 9,058thRudest Citizens: 9,461stHighest Wealthy Incomes: 9,503rdTop
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Most Influential: 11,633rdMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 13,256thSmartest Citizens: 13,263rdMost Developed: 14,084thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 18,096thMost Income Equality: 19,392nd
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Largest Furniture Restoration Industry: 3rd in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 3rd in the regionMost Stationary: 4th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 6th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 9th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 9th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 11th in the regionLargest Black Market: 12th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 14th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 20th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 21st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 25th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 30th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 34th in the regionFattest Citizens: 36th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 41st in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 58th in the regionTop
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Largest Mining Sector: 95th in the regionLargest Populations: 100th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 105th in the regionMost Influential: 117th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 129th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 133rd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 146th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 179th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 181st in the regionMost Devout: 195th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 199th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 246th in the regionMost Avoided: 268th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 272nd in the regionLargest Governments: 290th in the regionRudest Citizens: 392nd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 397th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 414th in the regionTop
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Most Scientifically Advanced: 457th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 458th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 486th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 506th in the regionMost Income Equality: 632nd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 706th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 739th in the regionMost Developed: 764th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 772nd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Gary Gatewood was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Largest Insurance Industry.
  • : Following new legislation in Gary Gatewood, confessions don't count if suffixed with "izzle".
  • : Following new legislation in Gary Gatewood, the government pours millions of crowns into rehabilitation programs annually.
  • : Gary Gatewood was reclassified from "Scandinavian Liberal Paradise" to "Democratic Socialists".
  • : Following new legislation in Gary Gatewood, little kids often wonder why strange grown-ups are following them around the soft play areas.
  • : Following new legislation in Gary Gatewood, every product goes through extensive safety-testing by the government.
  • : Following new legislation in Gary Gatewood, third world countries are rich in "I Love Gatewood" t-shirts.
  • : Following new legislation in Gary Gatewood, Gatewood Preparatory School for the Exceedingly Wealthy's basketball team is having a few off-years.
  • : Following new legislation in Gary Gatewood, lifeguards are stationed on the streets during rainstorms.
  • : Following new legislation in Gary Gatewood, soldiers on first dates introduce themselves only by their ranks and serial numbers.

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