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The Confederacy of The Goggles

“Deo Vindice”

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

Regional Influence: Dominator

Location: The New Old South

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The Goggles

Population20.279 billion

CapitalLamuella
LeaderWonko the Sane
FaithSaneism

CurrencyTriganic Pu
AnimalBugblatter Beast

The Confederacy of The Goggles is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Wonko the Sane with an iron fist, and notable for its compulsory military service, ritual sacrifices, and suspicion of poets. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 20.279 billion Gogglesians 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 tiny, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government prioritizes Defense, although Law & Order, Industry, and Spirituality are also considered important, while Environment and Welfare are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Lamuella. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Gogglesian economy, worth an astonishing 11,952 trillion Triganic Pus a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Uranium Mining, Woodchip Exports, and Retail. Black market activity is extensive. Average income is a breathtaking 589,382 Triganic Pus, but there is an enormous disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 3,134,315 per year while the poor average 58,449, a ratio of 53.6 to 1.

Senior citizens can usually be found doing heavy manual labour, hiding wrinkles with make-up is illegal, bands of adventurers rove the countryside searching for monsters, and everyone apparently sends Wonko the Sane hair-filled lockets, offers to die heroically, and poetic desires to co-parent a child. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, despite the fact that it is difficult to make it through a day without breaking one of the country's many laws. The Goggles's national animal is the Bugblatter Beast, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Saneism.

The Goggles is ranked 217,957th in the world and 2nd in The New Old South for Nudest, with 3 Cheeks Per Square Mile.

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Most Ignorant Citizens: 9thMost Devout: 14thMost Corrupt Governments: 16thLargest Mining Sector: 17thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 28thMost Avoided: 33rdMost Primitive: 42ndLargest Insurance Industry: 55thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 55thHighest Disposable Incomes: 58thLargest Agricultural Sector: 66thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 69thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 82ndLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 97thFattest Citizens: 113thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 129thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 131stHighest Average Incomes: 146thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 177thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 185thLargest Retail Industry: 211thLowest Crime Rates: 271stHighest Economic Output: 279thMost Efficient Economies: 374thMost Armed: 1,249thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1,531stLargest Governments: 1,608thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1,715thLargest Black Market: 1,811thRudest Citizens: 1,917thTop
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Largest Gambling Industry: 2,404thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 2,600thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 3,077thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 3,611thMost Stationary: 5,938thLargest Populations: 6,350thMost Conservative: 9,406thMost Subsidized Industry: 9,506thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 10,021stMost Influential: 10,930thTop
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Most Valuable International Artwork: 11,564thMost Authoritarian: 13,758thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 18,625th

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in The Goggles, everyone apparently sends Wonko the Sane hair-filled lockets, offers to die heroically, and poetic desires to co-parent a child.
  • : Following new legislation in The Goggles, bands of adventurers rove the countryside searching for monsters.
  • : Following new legislation in The Goggles, hiding wrinkles with make-up is illegal.
  • : Following new legislation in The Goggles, senior citizens can usually be found doing heavy manual labour.
  • : Following new legislation in The Goggles, university graduates and new home-owners toil in labour camps to work off their debts.
  • : Following new legislation in The Goggles, the "war on terror" doesn't seem to be making Gogglesians any less frightened.
  • : Following new legislation in The Goggles, public shaming has become the favoured form of punishment.
  • : Following new legislation in The Goggles, the nation has always been at war with Bigtopia.
  • : Following new legislation in The Goggles, military equipment stores have a tendency to go up in flames.
  • : Following new legislation in The Goggles, delivery truck companies use hospital parking lots to store 16-wheelers.

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