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The Perfect Nation of Newer Gehenna

“Praise to Dr.Sigmundus” Doctor Sigmundus

Category: Iron Fist Consumerists
Civil Rights:
Outlawed
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Outlawed

Regional Influence: Page

Location: the Pacific

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Newer Gehenna

Population18.44 billion

CapitalTarnagar
LeaderDoctor Sigmundus
Faiththe Teachings of Doctor Sigmundus

CurrencyCred
AnimalPuca

The Perfect Nation of Newer Gehenna is a gargantuan, orderly nation, ruled by Doctor Sigmundus with an iron fist, and notable for its complete lack of prisons, public floggings, and restrictive gun laws. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 18.44 billion Newer Gehennans 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 medium-sized, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government is dominated by the Department of Defense, with Law & Order and Industry also on the agenda, while Welfare and Environment aren't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Tarnagar. The average income tax rate is 72.1%.

The frighteningly efficient Gehennian economy, worth a remarkable 7,771 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, and Woodchip Exports. 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 421,445 Creds, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 4.8 times as much as the poorest.

Atheists on vacation find the Teachings of Doctor Sigmundus's scriptures make useful doorstops, the fate of the world literally rests on Doctor Sigmundus's fingers, the military refers to helpless combatants offering surrender as "sitting ducks", and children playing with walkie-talkies are told to 'get a job'. 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 165,331st in the world and 6,611th in the Pacific for Most Extensive Civil Rights, with 4.07 Martin Luther King, Jr. Units.

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Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 82ndLargest Mining Sector: 104thLargest Black Market: 107thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 144thMost Corrupt Governments: 145thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 174thMost Avoided: 210thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 234thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 357thMost Ignorant Citizens: 376thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 393rdLargest Insurance Industry: 414thHighest Average Incomes: 469thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 497thHighest Economic Output: 617thFattest Citizens: 1,038thLowest Crime Rates: 1,310thMost Stationary: 1,404thLargest Agricultural Sector: 1,588thHighest Poor Incomes: 1,660thTop
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Highest Wealthy Incomes: 1,702ndMost Subsidized Industry: 1,747thMost Efficient Economies: 1,959thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 1,978thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 2,641stLargest Governments: 3,300thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 3,753rdMost Conservative: 3,786thLargest Retail Industry: 4,488thHighest Disposable Incomes: 4,499thMost Authoritarian: 5,892ndLargest Populations: 6,331stMost Secular: 7,327thTop
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Most Advanced Public Transport: 8,915thMost Influential: 9,446thMost Extreme: 14,157th
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Largest Black Market: 2nd in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 4th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 4th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 5th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 6th in the regionMost Avoided: 7th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 7th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 7th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 9th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 9th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 10th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 10th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 10th in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 12th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 15th in the regionFattest Citizens: 19th in the regionMost Stationary: 20th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 28th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 28th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 34th in the regionLargest Populations: 34th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 37th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 49th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 50th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 53rd in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 59th in the regionTop
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Highest Disposable Incomes: 75th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 78th in the regionLargest Governments: 84th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 99th in the regionMost Influential: 148th in the regionMost Conservative: 187th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 188th in the regionMost Secular: 262nd in the regionMost Authoritarian: 298th in the regionTop
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Rudest Citizens: 403rd in the regionMost Extreme: 484th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 542nd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 545th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 628th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 652nd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Newer Gehenna, children playing with walkie-talkies are told to 'get a job'.
  • : Following new legislation in Newer Gehenna, the military refers to helpless combatants offering surrender as "sitting ducks".
  • : Following new legislation in Newer Gehenna, the fate of the world literally rests on Doctor Sigmundus's fingers.
  • : Following new legislation in Newer Gehenna, atheists on vacation find the Teachings of Doctor Sigmundus's scriptures make useful doorstops.
  • : Newer Gehenna was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Highest Poor Incomes.
  • : Following new legislation in Newer Gehenna, the government is reining in public spending.
  • : Following new legislation in Newer Gehenna, drowning sailors are hung out to dry.
  • : Following new legislation in Newer Gehenna, aides are afraid to ask if Doctor Sigmundus wants a cup of tea or coffee.
  • : Following new legislation in Newer Gehenna, the populace has developed a mortal fear of the woods.
  • : Following new legislation in Newer Gehenna, no-one can foil the ambitions of Big Aluminium.

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