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The People's Republic of Of NUGE

“FOR NUGE” Nuge

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

Regional Influence: Apprentice

Location: New Western Empire

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Of NUGE

Population2.69 billion

CapitalNuge City
LeaderNuge

CurrencyNUGE BUCKS
AnimalBEAGLE

The People's Republic of Of NUGE is a massive, orderly nation, ruled by Nuge with an iron fist, and remarkable for its compulsory military service, ubiquitous missile silos, and punitive income tax rates. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 2.69 billion NUGEians 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, well-organized government prioritizes Defense, although Law & Order, Administration, and Education are also considered important, while Spirituality and International Aid are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Nuge City. The average income tax rate is 95.4%.

The frighteningly efficient NUGEian economy, worth 758 trillion NUGE BUCKS 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, Information Technology, Retail, and Book Publishing. 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 282,011 NUGE BUCKS, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Annual Formula One races bring the capital to a screeching halt, a rusted hulk in Nuge City harbour has been voted the worst eyesore in New Western Empire, Renaissance frescos are being chiselled off public walls, and the nationalistic national anthem inspires citizens to literally spit at foreigners. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Of NUGE's national animal is the BEAGLE, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

Of NUGE is ranked 6,322nd in the world and 19th in New Western Empire for Most Developed, scoring 92.81 on the Human Development Index.

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Most Patriotic: 717thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1,180thHighest Poor Incomes: 1,262ndMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1,442ndLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1,700thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 2,030thMost Corrupt Governments: 2,056thTop
5%
Highest Average Incomes: 2,537thLowest Crime Rates: 2,542ndLargest Agricultural Sector: 2,828thLargest Governments: 3,710thMost Advanced Public Transport: 3,992ndMost Scientifically Advanced: 4,204thMost Secular: 4,250thLargest Information Technology Sector: 4,442ndMost Influential: 4,591stLargest Black Market: 4,725thHighest Average Tax Rates: 4,760thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 4,947thMost Subsidized Industry: 5,166thMost Efficient Economies: 5,311thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 5,451stLongest Average Lifespans: 5,842ndLargest Retail Industry: 5,985thMost Developed: 6,322ndLargest Publishing Industry: 7,841stMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 8,026thSmartest Citizens: 8,617thHealthiest Citizens: 10,760thMost Advanced Public Education: 11,029thMost Valuable International Artwork: 11,307thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 11,449thTop
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Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 12,446thMost Authoritarian: 12,737thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 13,438thMost Cultured: 16,416thLargest Mining Sector: 16,489thLargest Insurance Industry: 20,089th
Top
5%
Most Patriotic: 3rd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 5th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 6th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 6th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 7th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 7th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 8th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 8th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 9th in the regionTop
10%
Most Advanced Public Transport: 11th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 12th in the regionMost Secular: 12th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 12th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 12th in the regionLargest Governments: 13th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 14th in the regionMost Conservative: 14th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 15th in the regionLargest Black Market: 16th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 16th in the regionMost Extreme: 16th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 17th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 18th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Of NUGE, the nationalistic national anthem inspires citizens to literally spit at foreigners.
  • : Following new legislation in Of NUGE, Renaissance frescos are being chiselled off public walls.
  • : Following new legislation in Of NUGE, a rusted hulk in Nuge City harbour has been voted the worst eyesore in New Western Empire.
  • : Following new legislation in Of NUGE, annual Formula One races bring the capital to a screeching halt.
  • : Following new legislation in Of NUGE, the national census includes an opt-in to join the government-run dating service.
  • : Following new legislation in Of NUGE, punk rockers smash it up and then clean it up.
  • : Following new legislation in Of NUGE, contestants on Of NUGE's Got Talent are screened by the government to make sure that they actually have talent.
  • : Following new legislation in Of NUGE, the nation's navy has been named the scourge of the seven thousand seas.
  • : Of NUGE lodged a message on the New Western Empire Regional Message Board.
  • : Following new legislation in Of NUGE, those who investigate UFOs tend to wake up delirious on abandoned roads.

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