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The Disputed Territories of Grackdrep

“Ferro lingam is our key to God.”

Category: Father Knows Best State
Civil Rights:
Good
Economy:
Strong
Political Freedoms:
Rare

Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: Confederacy of Allied States

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Grackdrep

Population773 million

CapitalShiville

CurrencyMicrolinga
AnimalZebra Spider

The Disputed Territories of Grackdrep is a huge, orderly nation, remarkable for its sprawling nuclear power plants, complete lack of prisons, and rampant corporate plagiarism. The hard-nosed, cynical, devout population of 773 million Grackdrepians are ruled by a mostly-benevolent dictator, who grants the populace the freedom to live their own lives but watches carefully for anyone to slip up.

The medium-sized, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Administration, Education, and Public Transport. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Shiville. The average income tax rate is 38.0%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The strong Grackdrepian economy, worth 52.0 trillion Microlingas 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 slick, highly efficient, fairly diversified black market in Gambling, Retail, Soda Sales, 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 67,252 Microlingas, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.8 times as much as the poorest.

Grackdrepian politicians are often described as having more style than substance, the government's official position on invasive species is 'who cares?', behind every great person are three dozen other people passing great memos, and fur coats have become the latest fashion trend. Crime, especially youth-related, is a problem, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. Grackdrep's national animal is the Zebra Spider, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

Grackdrep is ranked 143,610th in the world and 41st in Confederacy of Allied States for Lowest Overall Tax Burden, scoring 44.74 on the Hayek Index.

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5%
Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 9,431stLargest Gambling Industry: 10,934thTop
10%
Most Avoided: 12,154thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 14,072ndLargest Retail Industry: 18,067thMost Advanced Public Transport: 20,353rd
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5%
Largest Soda Pop Sector: 4th in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 5th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 5th in the regionTop
10%
Most Avoided: 6th in the regionMost Primitive: 8th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Grackdrep, fur coats have become the latest fashion trend.
  • : Following new legislation in Grackdrep, behind every great person are three dozen other people passing great memos.
  • : Following new legislation in Grackdrep, the government's official position on invasive species is 'who cares?'.
  • : Following new legislation in Grackdrep, Grackdrepian politicians are often described as having more style than substance.
  • : Following new legislation in Grackdrep, unpackaged foodstuffs rot on store shelves.
  • : Grackdrep was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Highest Workforce Participation Rate and Largest Gambling Industry and the Top 10% for Most Avoided.
  • : Following new legislation in Grackdrep, the government is purchasing vast amounts of palm oil for plastics production.
  • : Following new legislation in Grackdrep, international collectors know that a grease-stain on a work of art probably means it's passed through Grackdrep.
  • : Following new legislation in Grackdrep, arthritic surgeons with tremulous fingers reassure patients that they are in safe hands.
  • : Following new legislation in Grackdrep, protesters are up in arms over new nuclear power stations.

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