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The Republic of Gluponija

“To be or not to be” Blagojche Kostovski

Category: Iron Fist Consumerists
Civil Rights:
Few
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Few

Regional Influence: Page

Location: The East Pacific

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Gluponija

Population1.548 billion

CapitalPamtikurevo
LeaderBlagojche Kostovski
FaithBlagojchevism

Currencyprcalo
Animaldonkey

The Republic of Gluponija is a massive, efficient nation, ruled by Blagojche Kostovski with an iron fist, and notable for its rampant corporate plagiarism, complete lack of prisons, and triple-decker prams. The hard-nosed, cynical population of 1.548 billion Gluponijans are kept under strict control by the oppressive government, which measures its success by the nation's GDP and refers to individual citizens as "human resources."

The medium-sized, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Law & Order, Industry, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Pamtikurevo. The average income tax rate is 68.0%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Gluponijan economy, worth 164 trillion prcaloes a year, is fairly diversified and led by the Tourism industry, with major contributions from Retail, Door-to-door Insurance Sales, and Arms Manufacturing. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 105,989 prcaloes, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.5 times as much as the poorest.

Religious bigotry and a fear of outsiders have replaced religious studies in schools, the nation's youth voluntarily goes to bed early out of sheer tiredness from their working days, Bambi has been banned, and school children declare that teachers "may confiscate our toys but they can never take our FREEDOM". Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Gluponija's national animal is the donkey, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Blagojchevism.

Gluponija is ranked 19,968th in the world and 547th in The East Pacific for Largest Publishing Industry, scoring 7,146.72 on the Bella Potter Productivity e-Index.

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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 2,560thLargest Insurance Industry: 3,128thMost Influential: 3,164thTop
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Largest Retail Industry: 10,093rdMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 11,978thMost Secular: 12,066thMost Corrupt Governments: 13,519thMost Pacifist: 14,656th
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Largest Insurance Industry: 71st in the regionTop
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Largest Retail Industry: 232nd in the regionMost Influential: 246th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 249th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 262nd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 316th in the regionTop
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Most Secular: 379th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 459th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 461st in the regionMost Pacifist: 485th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 493rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 512th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 526th in the regionMost Developed: 538th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 542nd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 547th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 600th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 627th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 631st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 631st in the regionSafest: 635th in the regionLargest Governments: 664th in the regionMost Cultured: 682nd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 719th in the region

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