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The Unpleasant Drainpipe of Gurou

“It's all over”

Category: Iron Fist Consumerists
Civil Rights:
Few
Economy:
Very Strong
Political Freedoms:
Unheard Of

Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: The North Pacific

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Gurou

Population6.193 billion

CapitalWiyNei
LeaderBronzefishy
FaithWorship of Omnipotent Danger Noodle

CurrencyIousy
AnimalDeadly Garden Snake

The Unpleasant Drainpipe of Gurou is a colossal, efficient nation, ruled by Bronzefishy with an iron fist, and renowned for its infamous sell-swords, zero percent divorce rate, and sprawling nuclear power plants. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 6.193 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 enormous, corrupt, well-organized government prioritizes Defense, with Law & Order, Education, and Administration also on the agenda, while Welfare and International Aid receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of WiyNei. The average income tax rate is 85.1%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The very strong Gurouan economy, worth 723 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, highly 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 116,760 Iousies, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

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 18,028th in the world and 1,015th in The North Pacific for Best Weather, with 162 Meters Of Sunlight.

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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 686thMost Influential: 1,050thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1,576thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 1,990thTop
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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 4,537thMost Secular: 4,849thLargest Black Market: 5,209thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 7,022ndMost Corrupt Governments: 8,576thMost Valuable International Artwork: 9,043rdHighest Average Tax Rates: 12,097thTop
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Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 13,651stHighest Poor Incomes: 14,078thLowest Crime Rates: 15,125thLargest Governments: 15,636thMost Beautiful Environments: 17,496thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 17,777thBest Weather: 18,028thMost Stationary: 18,723rdMost Advanced Public Education: 20,940thLongest Average Lifespans: 21,128th
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Most Advanced Defense Forces: 57th in the regionTop
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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 97th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 187th in the regionLargest Black Market: 241st in the regionMost Secular: 267th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 278th in the regionMost Influential: 400th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 411th in the regionMost Stationary: 441st in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 468th in the regionTop
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Highest Average Tax Rates: 604th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 716th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 768th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 795th in the regionLargest Governments: 796th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 802nd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 909th in the region

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