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The Dominion of Gurlaz

“Unity, Discipline, Work”

Category: Capitalist Paradise
Civil Rights:
Some
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Some

Regional Influence: Hatchling

Location: the South Pacific

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Gurlaz

Population251 million

Currencybitcoin
AnimalWhite Tiger

The Dominion of Gurlaz is a huge, efficient nation, remarkable for its irreverence towards religion, suspicion of poets, and spontaneously combusting cars. The hard-nosed, hard-working population of 251 million Gurlazians are either ruled by a sleek, efficient government or a conglomerate of multinational corporations; it's difficult to tell which.

The minute, corrupt, pro-business government, or what there is of one, prioritizes Industry, with Defense, Administration, and Healthcare also on the agenda, while Spirituality and Social Policy are ignored. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 3.7%.

The frighteningly efficient Gurlazian economy, worth 28.3 trillion bitcoins a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Retail industry, with major contributions from Gambling, Arms Manufacturing, and Information Technology. Average income is an impressive 112,780 bitcoins, but there is an enormous disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 607,489 per year while the poor average 10,885, a ratio of 55.8 to 1.

Crocodile roadkill is smeared across the asphalt of the new Formula One track, the only thing that can pin down a "superhero" is red tape, sheep-like political loyalists repeat the mantra "one wheel bad, three wheels good", and the people are famous throughout the region for their perfect yellow teeth. Crime is pervasive, probably because of the absence of a police force. Gurlaz's national animal is the White Tiger, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Gurlaz is ranked 2,497th in the world and 64th in the South Pacific for Largest Gambling Industry, scoring 13,751.7 on the Kelly Criterion Productivity Index.

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Highest Crime Rates: 2,219thTop
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Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 2,468thLargest Gambling Industry: 2,497thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 4,531stLargest Retail Industry: 4,734thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 5,153rdHighest Disposable Incomes: 5,314thMost Avoided: 6,093rdFattest Citizens: 6,809thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 7,398thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 7,421stRudest Citizens: 8,105thMost Armed: 8,257thTop
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Largest Insurance Industry: 12,176thLargest Mining Sector: 14,325thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 16,343rdLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 16,673rdMost Corrupt Governments: 18,106thMost Pro-Market: 19,048thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 19,092ndLargest Manufacturing Sector: 20,623rdLargest Soda Pop Sector: 21,993rd
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Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 56th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 64th in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 68th in the regionTop
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Highest Wealthy Incomes: 107th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 128th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 132nd in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 164th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 191st in the regionMost Avoided: 195th in the regionMost Armed: 198th in the regionFattest Citizens: 202nd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 237th in the regionRudest Citizens: 255th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 339th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 348th in the regionTop
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Largest Insurance Industry: 436th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 439th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 506th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 531st in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 584th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 592nd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 614th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 729th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 732nd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 760th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Gurlaz, the people are famous throughout the region for their perfect yellow teeth.
  • : Following new legislation in Gurlaz, sheep-like political loyalists repeat the mantra "one wheel bad, three wheels good".
  • : Following new legislation in Gurlaz, the only thing that can pin down a "superhero" is red tape.
  • : Following new legislation in Gurlaz, crocodile roadkill is smeared across the asphalt of the new Formula One track.
  • : Gurlaz was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Highest Crime Rates.
  • : Following new legislation in Gurlaz, colonial subjects have Gurlazian culture shoved down their throats.
  • : Following new legislation in Gurlaz, the Farmer's Almanac is the most popular college textbook.
  • : Following new legislation in Gurlaz, fruit vendors are encouraging a life of crime in their advertising.
  • : Gurlaz was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Rudest Citizens.
  • : Following new legislation in Gurlaz, the government has been criticized for giving away Gurlaz's territory to anyone who claims it.

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