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The Wooded Land of Konar

“We are the forest, and the forest are we.”

Category: Corrupt Dictatorship
Civil Rights:
Below Average
Political Freedoms:

Regional Influence: Sprat

Location: The North Pacific



Population11.133 billion



The Wooded Land of Konar is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Bluie with an iron fist, and notable for its free-roaming dinosaurs, parental licensing program, and otherworldly petting zoo. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 11.133 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 large, 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 87.6%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Konarian economy, worth a remarkable 1,514 trillion chukas a year, is quite specialized and mostly made up of the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Beef-Based Agriculture, Book Publishing, and Woodchip Exports. Black market activity is notable. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 136,010 chukas, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Prankster scientists legally change their names to silly pseudonyms before major discoveries, small children are learning a lot of new words from a teacher with Tourette Syndrome, people often get liposuction to reduce their air fares, and school lunches are made with hypo-allergenic wood pulp. 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 Atheism.

Konar is ranked 4,189th in the world and 249th in The North Pacific for Most Developed, scoring 94.59 on the Human Development Index.

Most Valuable International Artwork: 839thHealthiest Citizens: 1,595thLongest Average Lifespans: 1,999thTop
Lowest Crime Rates: 2,487thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 2,889thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 2,912thMost Corrupt Governments: 3,427thMost Secular: 3,537thBest Weather: 3,629thMost Developed: 4,189thMost Influential: 4,462ndMost Advanced Public Education: 4,737thLargest Agricultural Sector: 5,211thLargest Information Technology Sector: 5,785thMost Inclusive: 7,092ndSmartest Citizens: 7,295thMost Advanced Public Transport: 7,402ndLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 7,876thMost Pacifist: 8,230thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 8,620thLargest Governments: 9,274thHighest Average Tax Rates: 9,489thHighest Poor Incomes: 9,647thMost Scientifically Advanced: 9,734thTop
Most Subsidized Industry: 10,406thHighest Economic Output: 10,471stLargest Black Market: 10,670thMost Beautiful Environments: 14,107thMost Efficient Economies: 15,631stMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 16,171stHighest Average Incomes: 17,013thLargest Publishing Industry: 20,472nd
Healthiest Citizens: 91st in the regionTop
Most Valuable International Artwork: 110th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 115th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 123rd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 128th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 132nd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 135th in the regionMost Secular: 187th in the regionBest Weather: 212th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 214th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 234th in the regionMost Developed: 249th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 289th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 313th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 328th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 340th in the regionLargest Black Market: 399th in the regionLargest Populations: 410th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 414th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 424th in the regionMost Inclusive: 440th in the regionMost Pacifist: 458th in the regionLargest Governments: 459th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 470th in the regionTop
Highest Poor Incomes: 504th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 525th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 538th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 704th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 779th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 781st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 793rd in the region

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