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The Glorious Almighty Speaker of Gorundu


Category: Left-wing Utopia
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Regional Influence: Sprat

Location: The North Pacific



Population956 million

CapitalThe Speaker's Office


The Glorious Almighty Speaker of Gorundu is a huge, genial nation, renowned for its state-planned economy, devotion to social welfare, and stringent health and safety legislation. The democratic population of 956 million Gorundans are free to do what they want with their own bodies, and vote for whomever they like in elections; if they go into business, however, they are regulated to within an inch of their lives.

The large, liberal, socially-minded, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Welfare, Education, and Defense. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of The Speaker's Office. The average income tax rate is 48.9%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The sizeable but stagnant Gorundan economy, worth 18.1 trillion seashells a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is fairly diversified, is led by the Uranium Mining industry, with major contributions from Book Publishing, Pizza Delivery, and Soda Sales. Average income is 18,900 seashells, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

It is illegal for a parent to tell a child to stop eating their boogers, the nation is ravaged by daily union strikes, the nation grinds to a halt for afternoon tea, and Gorundu has designated The Speaker's Office as its capital city. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Gorundu's national animal is the human, which can occasionally be seen sifting through garbage in the nation's cities.

Gorundu is ranked 122,593rd in the world and 5,955th in The North Pacific for Most Devout, with 9.27 Prayers Per Hour.

Most Influential: 4,360thMost Extensive Civil Rights: 5,931stTop
Most Income Equality: 9,526thMost Extreme: 10,398thHighest Drug Use: 10,838thMost Politically Free: 12,627thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 13,058th
Most Extensive Civil Rights: 111th in the regionMost Politically Free: 333rd in the regionHighest Drug Use: 343rd in the regionMost Extreme: 356th in the regionTop
Most Income Equality: 439th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 494th in the regionNudest: 642nd in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 794th in the region

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