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The Inviting Shadows of Ghostopolis

“Free spirits in life and afterlife”

Category: New York Times Democracy
Civil Rights:
Good
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Excellent

Regional Influence: Superpower

Location: The Versutian Federation

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Ghostopolis

Population16.268 billion

CapitalPallaith
LeaderPresident Daemon Umbra
FaithReaperism

Currencyskull
Animalghost

The Inviting Shadows of Ghostopolis is a gargantuan, safe nation, ruled by President Daemon Umbra with a fair hand, and remarkable for its multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, smutty television, and punitive income tax rates. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 16.268 billion souls 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 enormous government juggles the competing demands of Industry, Environment, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Pallaith. The average income tax rate is 81.0%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient incorporeal economy, worth a remarkable 1,792 trillion skulls a year, is quite specialized and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Tourism and Book Publishing. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 110,165 skulls, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.3 times as much as the poorest.

Passengers often cause a stink on public transport, sea side cafes are required by law to close during summer, neon signs promoting safe driving often distract drivers, and school children asked "what is two times two?" are likely to form a symposium to discuss how different answers make them feel. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Ghostopolis's national animal is the ghost, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Reaperism.

Ghostopolis is ranked 2,756th in the world and 1st in The Versutian Federation for Most Influential, scoring 33,059 on the Soft Power Disbursement Rating.

Top
5%
Most Influential: 2,756thMost Rebellious Youth: 3,611thMost Cheerful Citizens: 4,188thLargest Welfare Programs: 4,662ndMost Subsidized Industry: 5,027thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 6,194thMost Advanced Public Transport: 6,677thSafest: 6,923rdMost Cultured: 8,314thHighest Economic Output: 8,710thMost Beautiful Environments: 9,169thMost Efficient Economies: 9,667thMost Pacifist: 10,108thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 10,338thMost Developed: 10,849thTop
10%
Largest Populations: 11,424thNicest Citizens: 13,051stBest Weather: 13,386thHighest Average Tax Rates: 13,809thLongest Average Lifespans: 14,147thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 14,235thSmartest Citizens: 14,280thLargest Information Technology Sector: 14,384thLargest Governments: 16,229thMost Stationary: 16,597thMost Valuable International Artwork: 16,954thMost Scientifically Advanced: 17,686thLargest Publishing Industry: 17,802ndMost Compassionate Citizens: 18,160thMost Advanced Public Education: 18,992ndHealthiest Citizens: 19,707thHighest Poor Incomes: 21,353rd
Top
10%
Most Pacifist: 1st in the regionMost Influential: 1st in the regionBest Weather: 1st in the regionSafest: 1st in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Ghostopolis was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Highest Poor Incomes.
  • : Ghostopolis was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Developed.
  • : Ghostopolis was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Inclusive.
  • : Ghostopolis was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Highest Average Tax Rates.
  • : Ghostopolis was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Influential and the Top 5% for Nicest Citizens.
  • : Ghostopolis was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Extensive Public Healthcare and the Top 10% for Nudest.
  • : Ghostopolis was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Best Weather.
  • : Ghostopolis was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Lowest Crime Rates.
  • : Ghostopolis was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Populations.
  • : Ghostopolis was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Developed and the Top 10% for Most Inclusive.

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