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The Perfect Nation of Newer Gehenna

“Praise to Dr.Sigmundus” Doctor Sigmundus

Category: Psychotic Dictatorship
Civil Rights:
Outlawed
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Outlawed

Regional Influence: Page

Location: the Pacific

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Newer Gehenna

Population20.506 billion

CapitalTarnagar
LeaderDoctor Sigmundus
Faiththe Teachings of Doctor Sigmundus

CurrencyCred
AnimalPuca

The Perfect Nation of Newer Gehenna is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Doctor Sigmundus with an iron fist, and renowned for its infamous sell-swords, aversion to nipples, and enslaved workforce. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 20.506 billion Newer Gehennans are ruled without fear or favor by a psychotic dictator, who outlaws just about everything and refers to the populace as "my little playthings."

The medium-sized, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government is primarily concerned with Defense, although Law & Order and Industry are also considered important, while Welfare and Environment receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Tarnagar. The average income tax rate is 77.3%.

The frighteningly efficient Gehennian economy, worth a remarkable 9,367 trillion Creds 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, broadly diversified black market in Arms Manufacturing, Uranium Mining, Woodchip Exports, and Beef-Based Agriculture. 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 amazing 456,826 Creds, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 3.2 times as much as the poorest.

Government bureaucrats shut down teenage yard-raking businesses for being counter-revolutionary, slavers view "what did your last slave die of" as a request for a demonstration, students who do not recite the national anthem each morning have to drop and give their teacher 50, and the only place where one can see the Gehennian cherry tree is in a museum. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Newer Gehenna's national animal is the Puca, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is the Teachings of Doctor Sigmundus.

Newer Gehenna is ranked 209,380th in the world and 6,480th in the Pacific for Lowest Overall Tax Burden, scoring -159.7 on the Hayek Index.

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Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 72ndLargest Mining Sector: 90thLargest Black Market: 111thMost Corrupt Governments: 148thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 195thMost Avoided: 204thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 279thLargest Agricultural Sector: 340thLargest Insurance Industry: 346thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 401stLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 420thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 436thHighest Average Incomes: 438thHighest Economic Output: 514thMost Ignorant Citizens: 523rdHighest Poor Incomes: 691stFattest Citizens: 1,035thLowest Crime Rates: 1,128thMost Stationary: 1,311thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 1,684thTop
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Most Subsidized Industry: 2,630thLargest Governments: 2,713thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 2,902ndLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 3,429thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 3,506thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 4,356thLargest Retail Industry: 5,067thMost Secular: 5,095thMost Valuable International Artwork: 5,660thHighest Disposable Incomes: 5,818thLargest Populations: 6,189thMost Authoritarian: 6,847thMost Conservative: 7,014thMost Advanced Public Transport: 9,118thMost Efficient Economies: 9,147thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 9,574thTop
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Most Influential: 11,732ndHighest Average Tax Rates: 17,190thLargest Information Technology Sector: 17,643rdLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 17,813th
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Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 4th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 4th in the regionLargest Black Market: 4th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 6th in the regionMost Avoided: 6th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 8th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 8th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 9th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 9th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 10th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 10th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 11th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 11th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 11th in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 15th in the regionFattest Citizens: 17th in the regionMost Stationary: 19th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 24th in the regionLargest Populations: 33rd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 34th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 53rd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 64th in the regionLargest Governments: 65th in the regionTop
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Highest Unexpected Death Rate: 68th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 93rd in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 94th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 114th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 122nd in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 129th in the regionMost Influential: 142nd in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 154th in the regionMost Secular: 177th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 207th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 232nd in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 237th in the regionMost Conservative: 286th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 289th in the regionTop
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Most Extreme: 417th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 443rd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 453rd in the regionRudest Citizens: 604th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 620th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 639th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Newer Gehenna, the only place where one can see the Gehennian cherry tree is in a museum.
  • : Following new legislation in Newer Gehenna, students who do not recite the national anthem each morning have to drop and give their teacher 50.
  • : Following new legislation in Newer Gehenna, slavers view "what did your last slave die of" as a request for a demonstration.
  • : Newer Gehenna was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Extreme.
  • : Following new legislation in Newer Gehenna, government bureaucrats shut down teenage yard-raking businesses for being counter-revolutionary.
  • : Following new legislation in Newer Gehenna, billions of Creds are being blown on orbital weapons development.
  • : Following new legislation in Newer Gehenna, most academic research has ground to a halt.
  • : Following new legislation in Newer Gehenna, politicians are often seen with soldiers pointing guns at their heads.
  • : Following new legislation in Newer Gehenna, onions have been banned due to their tendency to cause eye irritation.
  • : Following new legislation in Newer Gehenna, the government has officially clarified that "wee on your hands to save time" does not count as proper hygiene.

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