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The Commonwealth of Genlann

“Mission Accomplished”

Category: New York Times Democracy
Civil Rights:
Some
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Superb

Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: the Rejected Realms

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Genlann

Population7.338 billion

CapitalTaprobana
FaithPastafarianism

CurrencyPfennig
AnimalRainbow Dash

The Commonwealth of Genlann is a colossal, efficient nation, remarkable for its rum-swilling pirates, rampant corporate plagiarism, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, humorless, devout population of 7.338 billion Genlannians enjoy a sensible mix of personal and economic freedoms, while the political process is open and the people's right to vote held sacrosanct.

The medium-sized, corrupt, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Industry, Administration, and Spirituality. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Taprobana. The average income tax rate is 48.0%.

The frighteningly efficient Genlannian economy, worth a remarkable 1,946 trillion Pfennigs a year, is quite specialized and mostly comprised of black market activity, especially in Retail, Tourism, Gambling, and Basket Weaving. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an amazing 265,260 Pfennigs, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 4.4 times as much as the poorest.

It is a common belief that a sport isn't sport if there are no decapitations, factories grind to a halt every time there is an election, one does not simply walk into the tundra, and the government pours millions of Pfennigs into rehabilitation programs annually. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force. Genlann's national animal is the Rainbow Dash, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Pastafarianism.

Genlann is ranked 174,854th in the world and 5,650th in the Rejected Realms for Most Avoided, scoring 0.29 on the Kardashian Reflex Score.

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Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 58thMost Primitive: 63rdLargest Retail Industry: 72ndMost Devout: 78thMost Ignorant Citizens: 98thBest Weather: 194thLargest Gambling Industry: 220thMost Subsidized Industry: 513thMost Efficient Economies: 778thHealthiest Citizens: 850thRudest Citizens: 867thLongest Average Lifespans: 1,117thMost Beautiful Environments: 1,146thLargest Black Market: 1,360thMost Corrupt Governments: 1,711thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 1,728thTop
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Most Popular Tourist Destinations: 2,503rdHighest Average Incomes: 2,766thMost Cultured: 2,777thHighest Disposable Incomes: 3,538thLargest Publishing Industry: 4,602ndMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 4,972ndMost Valuable International Artwork: 5,474thHighest Poor Incomes: 5,790thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 6,460thHighest Economic Output: 7,178thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 7,326thTop
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Largest Governments: 10,300thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 12,323rd
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Most Devout: 5th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 5th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 6th in the regionMost Primitive: 7th in the regionBest Weather: 8th in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 9th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 14th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 15th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 20th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 23rd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 27th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 29th in the regionRudest Citizens: 29th in the regionLargest Black Market: 44th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 50th in the regionTop
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Most Popular Tourist Destinations: 61st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 66th in the regionMost Cultured: 66th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 83rd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 93rd in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 106th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 112th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 126th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 139th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 175th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 185th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 190th in the regionLargest Governments: 243rd in the regionMost Stationary: 261st in the regionTop
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Largest Manufacturing Sector: 307th in the regionMost Influential: 385th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 477th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Genlann, the government pours millions of Pfennigs into rehabilitation programs annually.
  • : Following new legislation in Genlann, one does not simply walk into the tundra.
  • : Following new legislation in Genlann, factories grind to a halt every time there is an election.
  • : Following new legislation in Genlann, it is a common belief that a sport isn't sport if there are no decapitations.
  • : Following new legislation in Genlann, powerful x-ray machines used by the Customs Department can see into the homes of nearby residents.
  • : Following new legislation in Genlann, all the playground's a stage for Genlannian schoolchildren.
  • : Following new legislation in Genlann, town welcome signs list corporate sponsors.
  • : Following new legislation in Genlann, books are considered luxuries only available to the incredibly wealthy.
  • : Following new legislation in Genlann, no one over the age of 35 has the slightest clue what is going on.
  • : Following new legislation in Genlann, body doubles and armed bodyguards escort witnesses to and from courtrooms.

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