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The Zombie Doom Snake of Gurou

“It's all over”

Category: Iron Fist Consumerists
Civil Rights:
Unheard Of
Political Freedoms:

Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: The North Pacific



Population2.601 billion

FaithWorship of Omnipotent Danger Noodle

AnimalDeadly Garden Snake

The Zombie Doom Snake of Gurou is a massive, orderly nation, ruled by Simoji with an iron fist, and renowned for its frequent executions, parental licensing program, and punitive income tax rates. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 2.601 billion Gurouans are kept under strict control by the oppressive government, which measures its success by the nation's GDP and refers to individual citizens as "human resources."

The large, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government prioritizes Defense, although Law & Order, Administration, and Education are also considered important, while Welfare and International Aid are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of WiyNei. The average income tax rate is 77.7%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The strong Gurouan economy, worth 292 trillion Iousies 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 an enormous, deeply entrenched, quite specialized black market in Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, 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 impressive 112,560 Iousies, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.3 times as much as the poorest.

Fat-shaming is now public policy, teams of painters are converting road signs from horse lengths to kilometers, soldiers must key in their passwords every time they want to reload their weapons, and the government extracts trade concessions from poor nations in exchange for humanitarian aid. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Gurou's national animal is the Deadly Garden Snake, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Worship of Omnipotent Danger Noodle.

Gurou is ranked 45,729th in the world and 1,277th in The North Pacific for Highest Economic Output, with 292 trillion Standard Monetary Units.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 487thMost Influential: 926thTop
Most Advanced Defense Forces: 1,866thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 2,010thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 3,721stMost Secular: 3,856thLargest Black Market: 4,411thMost Corrupt Governments: 5,874thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 6,314thMost Authoritarian: 7,364thTop
Highest Unexpected Death Rate: 9,153rdMost Conservative: 10,044thHighest Average Tax Rates: 14,407th
Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 63rd in the regionTop
Most Advanced Defense Forces: 76th in the regionLargest Black Market: 136th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 145th in the regionMost Secular: 190th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 230th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 263rd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 343rd in the regionMost Influential: 348th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 354th in the regionTop
Most Authoritarian: 414th in the regionMost Conservative: 567th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 642nd in the region

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