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The Democratic Technomancy of Gurkland

“Ab ovo, Usque ad mala”

Category: Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
Civil Rights:
Good
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Excellent

Regional Influence: Dominator

Location: Happy Utopia

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Gurkland

Population13.312 billion

CapitalSheoth
LeaderMitriel Vulanio
FaithMadokaism

CurrencyFreigeld
AnimalPegasus

The Democratic Technomancy of Gurkland is a gargantuan, genial nation, ruled by Mitriel Vulanio with an even hand, and remarkable for its free-roaming dinosaurs, daily referendums, and irreverence towards religion. The compassionate, hard-working, democratic, cheerful population of 13.312 billion Gurklandians have some civil rights, but not too many, enjoy the freedom to spend their money however they like, to a point, and take part in free and open elections, although not too often.

The relatively small government juggles the competing demands of Industry, Education, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Sheoth. The average income tax rate is 91.4%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Gurklandian economy, worth a remarkable 4,752 trillion Freigelds a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Tourism, Book Publishing, and Retail. Average income is an amazing 357,013 Freigelds, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.9 times as much as the poorest.

Private pharmacies close down as medicinal drugs are given away freely by the government, the dish 'poisson avec poison' is only available on the black market, the new "Bloodbath" orange tree autonomously seeks and destroys independent orchards, and Gurklandians incessantly needle their doctors for relief. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Gurkland's national animal is the Pegasus, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies, and its national religion is Madokaism.

Gurkland is ranked 62,631st in the world and 1st in Happy Utopia for Most Politically Free, scoring 71.24 on the Diebold Election Inking Scale.

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Most Efficient Economies: 194thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 279thMost Secular: 366thMost Scientifically Advanced: 459thMost Subsidized Industry: 474thMost Inclusive: 632ndLargest Agricultural Sector: 643rdMost Cultured: 704thMost Developed: 706thSmartest Citizens: 736thLargest Information Technology Sector: 807thLongest Average Lifespans: 817thMost Cheerful Citizens: 865thHealthiest Citizens: 876thHighest Average Incomes: 1,125thNicest Citizens: 1,278thHighest Poor Incomes: 1,285thLargest Governments: 1,467thMost Compassionate Citizens: 1,580thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1,592ndLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 1,629thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1,753rdHighest Economic Output: 1,981stTop
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Safest: 2,091stMost Pacifist: 2,377thLowest Crime Rates: 2,479thLeast Corrupt Governments: 2,579thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 2,583rdLargest Retail Industry: 2,627thMost Advanced Public Education: 2,703rdLargest Publishing Industry: 2,743rdLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 2,820thMost Valuable International Artwork: 3,320thRudest Citizens: 3,666thMost Beautiful Environments: 3,703rdHighest Wealthy Incomes: 5,335thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 6,014thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 6,718thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 7,044thHighest Average Tax Rates: 7,048thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 7,579thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 8,568thTop
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Largest Manufacturing Sector: 13,119thBest Weather: 14,590thMost Influential: 15,064thLargest Populations: 17,301st

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Gurkland, Gurklandians incessantly needle their doctors for relief.
  • : Following new legislation in Gurkland, the new "Bloodbath" orange tree autonomously seeks and destroys independent orchards.
  • : Following new legislation in Gurkland, the dish 'poisson avec poison' is only available on the black market.
  • : Following new legislation in Gurkland, private pharmacies close down as medicinal drugs are given away freely by the government.
  • : Following new legislation in Gurkland, sweet-toothed Gurklandians have been left penniless by the VAT on candy.
  • : Following new legislation in Gurkland, bouncers at the door of the sweet shop warn five-year-olds not to cause trouble.
  • : Following new legislation in Gurkland, beating a dead horse is a scientific endeavor.
  • : Following new legislation in Gurkland, citizens are permitted to carry concealed handguns.
  • : Following new legislation in Gurkland, enemy navies sail within bombardment range of major coastal cities with impunity.
  • : Gurkland lodged a message on the Pisces Centauri Regional Message Board.

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