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The Democratic Republic of North Bulgogi

“Get outta here with that sad chode”

Category: Psychotic Dictatorship
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Regional Influence: Newcomer

Location: Balder


North Bulgogi

Population269 million

Animalliving chode

The Democratic Republic of North Bulgogi is a huge, environmentally stunning nation, renowned for its compulsory military service, punitive income tax rates, and stringent health and safety legislation. The cynical, devout population of 269 million North Bulgogians 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 enormous, moralistic, socially-minded, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Welfare, Spirituality, and Law & Order. The average income tax rate is 76.7%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The sizeable but stagnant North Bulgogian economy, worth 1.31 trillion chodes 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 led by the Tourism industry, with major contributions from Trout Farming, Arms Manufacturing, and Basket Weaving. Average income is 4,883 chodes, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Babysitters are a thing of the past, fewer people are bathing as citizens must show ration stamps before they can turn on their faucets, ten-year-olds are applying for lemonade stand operator licences, and pet owners must make a payment if their charges leave a deposit. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. North Bulgogi's national animal is the living chode, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

North Bulgogi is ranked 163,447th in the world and 6,868th in Balder for Highest Poor Incomes, with 4,883.78 Standard Monetary Units.

Most Extreme: 8thMost Authoritarian: 152ndMost Conservative: 252ndMost Income Equality: 439thTop
Most Ignorant Citizens: 6,903rdTop
Most Primitive: 8,721stHighest Average Tax Rates: 15,818th
Most Extreme: 1st in the regionMost Authoritarian: 3rd in the regionMost Conservative: 5th in the regionMost Income Equality: 11th in the regionTop
Most Ignorant Citizens: 330th in the regionTop
Most Primitive: 409th in the region

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