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The Anglo-Italian Tea Union of Gorbastan

“Tea Capital of The East Pacific.”

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

Regional Influence: Squire

Location: The East Pacific

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Gorbastan

Population2.943 billion

CapitalHeathington
LeaderPrime Minister Noah Walker
FaithAfternoon Tea

CurrencyCrown
AnimalBexford Deer

The Anglo-Italian Tea Union of Gorbastan is a massive, cultured nation, ruled by Prime Minister Noah Walker with an even hand, and remarkable for its keen interest in outer space, state-planned economy, and absence of drug laws. The hard-nosed, humorless population of 2.943 billion Gorbastanis are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The large, corrupt, socially-minded government is primarily concerned with Defense, although Education, Administration, and Industry are also considered important, while Spirituality receives no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Heathington. The average income tax rate is 95.5%.

The frighteningly efficient Gorbastani economy, worth 655 trillion Crowns a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is a large, well-organized, fairly diversified black market in Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, Woodchip Exports, and Uranium Mining. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is an amazing 222,692 Crowns, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

High-tech infantry rifles automatically reload when the soldier shoots outside the screen of their helmet HUD, the military perceives nations hit by natural disasters as "easy pickings", Prime Minister Noah Walker has taken to wearing medal-adorned military uniform in all public appearances, and the best way to be heard in politics is to speak softly and carry a big comedy prop. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Gorbastan's national animal is the Bexford Deer, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is Afternoon Tea.

Gorbastan is ranked 13,179th in the world and 320th in The East Pacific for Largest Welfare Programs, scoring 3,883.76 on the Safety Net Mesh Density Rating.

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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 834thMost Secular: 862ndMost Advanced Defense Forces: 929thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 976thHighest Poor Incomes: 1,027thMost Influential: 1,274thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1,286thTop
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Largest Governments: 3,645thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 4,102ndHighest Average Incomes: 4,140thHighest Average Tax Rates: 4,213thMost Corrupt Governments: 4,265thLargest Black Market: 4,976thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 5,133rdMost Scientifically Advanced: 5,615thLowest Crime Rates: 5,818thSmartest Citizens: 6,531stMost Avoided: 6,694thMost Advanced Public Education: 7,233rdLargest Information Technology Sector: 7,526thTop
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Most Income Equality: 8,567thMost Advanced Public Transport: 8,987thLargest Mining Sector: 9,355thMost Subsidized Industry: 9,417thMost Efficient Economies: 9,733rdMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 10,406thMost Inclusive: 11,408thLargest Welfare Programs: 13,179thRudest Citizens: 14,352nd
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Highest Poor Incomes: 17th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 18th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 20th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 21st in the regionMost Secular: 24th in the regionMost Influential: 58th in the regionTop
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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 71st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 72nd in the regionLargest Governments: 77th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 80th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 81st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 84th in the regionLargest Black Market: 85th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 89th in the regionMost Avoided: 110th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 138th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 143rd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 162nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 170th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 178th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 196th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 197th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 199th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 215th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 253rd in the regionRudest Citizens: 281st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 306th in the regionTop
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Largest Welfare Programs: 320th in the regionMost Inclusive: 325th in the regionMost Income Equality: 410th in the regionMost Stationary: 457th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 517th in the regionMost Cultured: 538th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 579th in the regionLargest Populations: 582nd in the region

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Endorsements Received: 151 » Republic of Monarchists, H-Zhena, A Slanted Black Stripe, Riveraland, Aelitia, Am Echad, Socialist Holy American Empire, Wiranath, Brotherland, Qui sequuntur somnia, Fedele, Ver Norge, The Sacred Whale, Galve, Dronida, Ravendi, Peatiktist, Headpat Central, Bachtendekuppen, Todd McCloud, Dark Edgyness, British Calradia, United China Nation, New Birblands, Shinnokawa, Dreamersistan, Hizuru, Broengtopia, Squid Ruinosa, The Happian Union, Arkantis, Eagas, Axdel, Endertopias, Thyaclinia, New Taranaki, Roissyland, Terrabis-Seran, Enlil, Republic of Berzerkistan, Davelands, The Holy Empire of Moronica, The Anarchy Republic of Slaanesh, United Edwards, Ridann, Marrico, Neruch, Shantan, VW53Aland, Dragonia, and 101 others.The New Wisconsin Empire, Asendavia, Free sovereign Soviet socialist republic, The Soviet Space Commie Union, Kelsyth, Osterreich und Ungarn, Pakitsk, Avalon Ascendancy, Harro Waarudho, Imperial Akatsuki, Kublam, Adavan, Outer Verron Swicia Islands, Agonya, Kampf Empire, Tshana, Federated States of Zootron, Tuvaltastan, Slui, Kagorg Bra Corna, Shavara, Lorynia, Drunken Seal Islands, Eclonia, United-kingdom of Britannia, Ellsonian Dominion, Amanthaya, Southern Yugoslavia, Solarfall, Greater New Islew, Norgsveldet, New Leganes, Taurora, Solestia, Danesopia, Kelssek, Acnor, Sufjan Stevens Fans, Verketa, Amjedia, Slys Paws, Lyontisia, Bullpups, Blobbo, The Angel of Charity, Bytes, Indrapore, BearStackof2015, Kangarawa, Janoobi Jazair, Akorial, Nova-Columbia, Just Vale 2, The United Asian Republics, Talitoa, Someseni, The Redundant Republic of Republics, The Holy Utopian Republic, The Cult of the Great Cthulhu, Atlia Sonis, Bakaworld, Abadong, Acheronn, Bai Lung, Barfleur, Aeljae, Archooli, Adolanta, America Mjolnir, Bacon Land, Justice-Becoming, AngusEssa, Kingdom of Pars, VoyKovie, Vultuca, ArenaC, Kilkire, Funkadelia, Abtracnt, Kalaratri, Babcocia, The United Neo American Union, Rhealaliit, Arpino, Lerasi, Libertanny, Dragons Blood, Escade, Grossvietnam, Marrabuk, Stellaire Imperiale, RovaMittala, Volkshalla, Magosconity, Mossy-Oak, Johnny Appleseed1, Sreneck, Stanisiti, The Green Blade, Commodore Badger, and La xinga.

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