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The Grieving Council of Shroomallah

“Joy kills the world, so we must kill it.” High Councilor Eternally-Wounded

Category: Psychotic Dictatorship
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Regional Influence: Nipper

Location: Osiris



Population8.192 billion

CapitalThe Shroomspire
LeaderHigh Councilor Eternally-Wounded

Currencyweird moist lump

The Grieving Council of Shroomallah is a colossal, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by High Councilor Eternally-Wounded with an iron fist, and renowned for its frequent executions, triple-decker prams, and state-planned economy. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless, devout population of 8.192 billion shrooms 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 government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked, corrupt, moralistic, socially-minded, well-organized morass — prioritizes Defense, with Spirituality, Environment, and Education also on the agenda. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of The Shroomspire. The income tax rate is 100%.

The frighteningly efficient fungal economy, worth a remarkable 2,736 trillion weird moist lumps a year, is driven almost entirely by government activity, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is an enormous, deeply entrenched, extremely specialized black market in Arms Manufacturing and Furniture Restoration. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. State-owned companies are the norm. Average income is an amazing 334,056 weird moist lumps, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Panicking criminals no longer flush contraband down the toilet, public footpaths are being slowly eroded by the burgeoning number of ramblers, the most popular stadium acts are one-off performances, and babysitters are a thing of the past. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Shroomallah's national animal is the Breloom, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Shroomislam.

Shroomallah is ranked 221,821st in the world and 7,998th in Osiris for Largest Information Technology Sector, scoring -36.93 on the Fann-Boi Productivity Index.

Most Devout: 63rdMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 68thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 88thMost Primitive: 155thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 195thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 203rdMost Ignorant Citizens: 256thBest Weather: 294thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 341stHighest Average Tax Rates: 450thHighest Poor Incomes: 455thLowest Crime Rates: 463rdMost Corrupt Governments: 485thLargest Black Market: 488thMost Advanced Public Education: 537thLargest Governments: 675thMost Beautiful Environments: 856thLargest Welfare Programs: 1,016thMost Subsidized Industry: 1,023rdMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1,283rdHighest Average Incomes: 1,393rdTop
Healthiest Citizens: 2,225thMost Authoritarian: 2,961stMost Advanced Public Transport: 3,933rdLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 4,437thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 4,476thHighest Economic Output: 4,946thMost Conservative: 5,819thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 6,966thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 9,958thTop
Most Efficient Economies: 12,573rdMost Extreme: 15,637th
Most Devout: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 3rd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 4th in the regionMost Primitive: 6th in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 7th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 8th in the regionBest Weather: 9th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 10th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 12th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 14th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 15th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 15th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 19th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 22nd in the regionLargest Governments: 24th in the regionLargest Black Market: 28th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 30th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 35th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 38th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 42nd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 48th in the regionTop
Most Authoritarian: 85th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 97th in the regionMost Extreme: 124th in the regionMost Conservative: 171st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 193rd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 199th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 217th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 281st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 343rd in the regionTop
Highest Wealthy Incomes: 530th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 576th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Shroomallah, babysitters are a thing of the past.
  • : Following new legislation in Shroomallah, the most popular stadium acts are one-off performances.
  • : Following new legislation in Shroomallah, public footpaths are being slowly eroded by the burgeoning number of ramblers.
  • : Following new legislation in Shroomallah, panicking criminals no longer flush contraband down the toilet.
  • : Following new legislation in Shroomallah, High Councilor Eternally-Wounded's relatives have been married into the royal families of foreign nations against their will.
  • : Following new legislation in Shroomallah, prime real estate is devoted to wind farms and solar energy generators.
  • : Following new legislation in Shroomallah, it's rare to find an unchewed pencil.
  • : Following new legislation in Shroomallah, the volume of paperwork used to complete a single environmental assessment defeats the purpose.
  • : Following new legislation in Shroomallah, first-time moms are expected to be experienced parents from day one.
  • : Following new legislation in Shroomallah, no personal detail is too tiny for the suede-denim census police.


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