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The Perfect Nation of Newer Gehenna

“Praise to Dr.Sigmundus” Doctor Sigmundus

Category: Psychotic Dictatorship
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Location: the Pacific


Newer Gehenna

Population20.08 billion

LeaderDoctor Sigmundus
Faiththe Teachings of Doctor Sigmundus


The Perfect Nation of Newer Gehenna is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Doctor Sigmundus with an iron fist, and remarkable for its pith helmet sales, anti-smoking policies, and aversion to nipples. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 20.08 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 aren't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Tarnagar. The average income tax rate is 77.5%.

The frighteningly efficient Gehennian economy, worth a remarkable 9,096 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 453,026 Creds, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 3.1 times as much as the poorest.

Coastal cities are being moved a dozen miles inland to reduce flooding risk, caps with skulls on them are the height of fashion, anti-environmentalist dissidents must beware of government plants in their midst, and concussed Pucaball players cannot remember their lineup position. 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 441st in the world and 10th in the Pacific for Highest Average Incomes, with 453,026.91 Standard Monetary Units.

Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 76thLargest Mining Sector: 90thLargest Black Market: 107thMost Corrupt Governments: 152ndLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 181stMost Avoided: 208thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 269thLargest Agricultural Sector: 346thLargest Insurance Industry: 361stMost Advanced Defense Forces: 396thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 418thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 428thHighest Average Incomes: 441stHighest Economic Output: 526thMost Ignorant Citizens: 526thHighest Poor Incomes: 615thLowest Crime Rates: 1,064thFattest Citizens: 1,074thMost Stationary: 1,322ndMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 1,530thTop
Most Subsidized Industry: 2,438thLargest Governments: 2,829thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 3,484thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 3,651stHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 3,781stLargest Soda Pop Sector: 4,262ndMost Valuable International Artwork: 5,256thLargest Retail Industry: 5,280thMost Authoritarian: 6,072ndLargest Populations: 6,228thMost Conservative: 6,231stHighest Disposable Incomes: 6,235thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 8,031stMost Secular: 8,251stMost Advanced Public Transport: 8,869thMost Efficient Economies: 9,341stTop
Most Influential: 11,670thHighest Average Tax Rates: 16,301stLargest Information Technology Sector: 17,916thMost Extreme: 18,416thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 19,585th
Largest Black Market: 3rd in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 4th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 4th in the regionMost Avoided: 6th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 6th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 8th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 8th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 8th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 9th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 9th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 10th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 10th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 10th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 12th in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 16th in the regionFattest Citizens: 18th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 18th in the regionMost Stationary: 19th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 29th in the regionLargest Populations: 34th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 65th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 65th in the regionLargest Governments: 68th in the regionTop
Largest Soda Pop Sector: 85th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 90th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 109th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 134th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 138th in the regionMost Influential: 138th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 170th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 172nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 224th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 247th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 249th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 253rd in the regionMost Conservative: 262nd in the regionMost Secular: 296th in the regionTop
Most Extreme: 370th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 432nd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 467th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 578th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Newer Gehenna, concussed Pucaball players cannot remember their lineup position.
  • : Following new legislation in Newer Gehenna, anti-environmentalist dissidents must beware of government plants in their midst.
  • : Following new legislation in Newer Gehenna, caps with skulls on them are the height of fashion.
  • : Following new legislation in Newer Gehenna, coastal cities are being moved a dozen miles inland to reduce flooding risk.
  • : Following new legislation in Newer Gehenna, catcalling has been replaced by slut-shaming.
  • : Following new legislation in Newer Gehenna, the national anthem's only purpose is to inflate Doctor Sigmundus's ever-expanding ego.
  • : Following new legislation in Newer Gehenna, it is illegal to comfort a crying baby between the hours of 6 pm and 8 pm.
  • : Following new legislation in Newer Gehenna, holiday-makers leave on the same clandestine boats that illegal immigrants arrive in.
  • : Following new legislation in Newer Gehenna, arthritic citizens seem underrepresented at royal meet-and-greets.
  • : Following new legislation in Newer Gehenna, adverts proclaim it has to be healthy if the Mornay uses hand-grated Gallopavian Gruyère.


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