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The Kingdom of Gastravon

“Righteousness and Honesty, qualities of a Gastravonian” Tyrone Slyferius

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

Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: the South Pacific

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Gastravon

Population991 million

CapitalTetrakarn
LeaderTyrone Slyferius

CurrencyIlunn
AnimalGastrovonian Hawk

The Kingdom of Gastravon is a huge, cultured nation, ruled by Tyrone Slyferius with an even hand, and remarkable for its museums and concert halls, zero percent divorce rate, and restrictive gun laws. The compassionate, devout population of 991 million Gastravonians 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 large, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Education, Welfare, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Tetrakarn. The average income tax rate is 79.5%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Gastravonian economy, worth 118 trillion Ilunns a year, is fairly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Tourism, Basket Weaving, and Trout Farming. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 119,824 Ilunns, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Vital intelligence-gathering activities are put on hold as agents return home for seduction training and advanced poker instruction, Gastravonian scientists are mixing chewing tobacco with bacon flavouring in an attempt to craft the perfect male snack, divorce is illegal, and citizens are encouraged to report friends, family members or co-workers who seem depressed to the government for "counselling". Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Gastravon's national animal is the Gastrovonian Hawk, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

Gastravon is ranked 17,259th in the world and 468th in the South Pacific for Largest Publishing Industry, scoring 7,791.08 on the Bella Potter Productivity e-Index.

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Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 1,373rdTop
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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 2,782ndMost Influential: 4,669thLargest Welfare Programs: 5,193rdMost Devout: 6,935thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 8,353rdTop
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Most Pacifist: 11,172ndMost Developed: 11,223rdMost Inclusive: 12,429thMost Efficient Economies: 12,456thMost Advanced Public Transport: 12,707thNicest Citizens: 12,798thHealthiest Citizens: 13,028thHighest Average Tax Rates: 13,134thMost Cultured: 13,177thMost Compassionate Citizens: 13,333rdHighest Poor Incomes: 13,450thLowest Crime Rates: 13,534thMost Advanced Public Education: 13,660thLongest Average Lifespans: 14,366thMost Subsidized Industry: 14,695thMost Cheerful Citizens: 15,030thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 15,315thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 16,886th
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Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 42nd in the regionTop
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Largest Welfare Programs: 146th in the regionMost Devout: 177th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 276th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 308th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 329th in the regionMost Developed: 339th in the regionTop
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Most Subsidized Industry: 350th in the regionMost Cultured: 368th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 383rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 392nd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 403rd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 411th in the regionMost Pacifist: 415th in the regionNicest Citizens: 425th in the regionMost Inclusive: 430th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 444th in the regionLargest Governments: 455th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 466th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 468th in the regionMost Influential: 469th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 478th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 488th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 490th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 494th in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 527th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 532nd in the regionMost Average: 546th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 560th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 566th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 579th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 591st in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 598th in the regionBest Weather: 610th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 612th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 663rd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Gastravon, citizens are encouraged to report friends, family members or co-workers who seem depressed to the government for "counselling".
  • : Following new legislation in Gastravon, divorce is illegal.
  • : Following new legislation in Gastravon, Gastravonian scientists are mixing chewing tobacco with bacon flavouring in an attempt to craft the perfect male snack.
  • : Following new legislation in Gastravon, vital intelligence-gathering activities are put on hold as agents return home for seduction training and advanced poker instruction.
  • : Gastravon voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Ban on Sterilisation of Minors etc".
  • : Following new legislation in Gastravon, older citizens lament over the loss of law and order.
  • : Following new legislation in Gastravon, commuter vessels have trouble staying afloat due to increased passengers.
  • : Following new legislation in Gastravon, CEOs can't hear the term 'Fire Sale' without bursting into tears.
  • : Following new legislation in Gastravon, citizens recently voted in favour of declaring bubblewrap an 'abomination of nature'.
  • : Gastravon was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Average.

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