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The Bluie Gamer of Konar

“This banana is delicious!” Bluie

Category: Corrupt Dictatorship
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Regional Influence: Sprat

Location: The North Pacific



Population9.509 billion

FaithKat Worship


The Bluie Gamer of Konar is a colossal, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Bluie with an iron fist, and remarkable for its frequent executions, compulsory military service, and suspicion of poets. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 9.509 billion Konarians are ruled with an iron fist by the dictatorship government, which ensures that no-one outside the party gets too rich. In their personal lives, however, citizens are relatively unoppressed; it remains to be seen whether this is because the government genuinely cares about its people, or if it hasn't gotten around to stamping out civil rights yet.

The enormous, corrupt, socially-minded, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Education, Law & Order, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Emswe. The average income tax rate is 95.4%.

The frighteningly efficient Konarian economy, worth a remarkable 1,339 trillion Chukas a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is quite specialized, is dominated by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Beef-Based Agriculture, Woodchip Exports, and Uranium Mining. Average income is an impressive 140,872 Chukas, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Veteran cops reminisce over their heavy armor days, the police have reaffirmed their tough stance on drugs, Bluie's exquisite office door is replaced monthly due to angry petitioners, and nobody looks each other in the eye at neighborhood block parties any more. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Konar's national animal is the Tersik, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Kat Worship.

Konar is ranked 101,680th in the world and 5,310th in The North Pacific for Largest Gambling Industry, scoring 152.87 on the Kelly Criterion Productivity Index.

Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 939thTop
Most Advanced Public Transport: 1,871stMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1,881stLowest Crime Rates: 1,971stLargest Agricultural Sector: 1,986thMost Advanced Public Education: 2,157thHealthiest Citizens: 2,680thMost Corrupt Governments: 2,805thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3,170thMost Subsidized Industry: 3,671stMost Influential: 3,705thHighest Average Tax Rates: 4,249thMost Efficient Economies: 4,557thMost Pacifist: 4,958thLargest Governments: 5,117thMost Developed: 5,642ndMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 6,013thHighest Poor Incomes: 6,140thBest Weather: 6,269thMost Scientifically Advanced: 6,446thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 7,820thMost Inclusive: 8,223rdTop
Smartest Citizens: 8,418thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 9,940thHighest Economic Output: 10,299thLargest Information Technology Sector: 11,186thLongest Average Lifespans: 11,195thMost Secular: 13,201stMost Advanced Defense Forces: 13,895thMost Authoritarian: 14,406thHighest Average Incomes: 14,470th
Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 38th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 65th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 85th in the regionTop
Lowest Crime Rates: 98th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 98th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 105th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 120th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 132nd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 143rd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 171st in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 200th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 208th in the regionLargest Governments: 249th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 279th in the regionMost Pacifist: 283rd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 319th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 322nd in the regionMost Developed: 335th in the regionBest Weather: 346th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 373rd in the regionLargest Populations: 423rd in the regionTop
Smartest Citizens: 477th in the regionMost Inclusive: 494th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 500th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 538th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 597th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 606th in the regionMost Secular: 680th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 701st in the regionMost Authoritarian: 829th in the region

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