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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 341stHighest Poor Incomes: 362ndMost Advanced Defense Forces: 438th
The Mont Noire Tea Kingdom of
Corrupt Dictatorship Well-Meaning Dictatorship
Force et Solidarité
Influence
Squire
Civil Rights
Below Average
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Few

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Gorbastan

Population4.731 billion

CapitalTorselchester
LeaderPrime Minister Elliot Pearce
FaithAfternoon Tea

CurrencyCrown
AnimalBexford Deer

The Mont Noire Tea Kingdom of Gorbastan is a massive, cultured nation, ruled by Prime Minister Elliot Pearce with an iron fist, and renowned for its smutty television, rampant corporate plagiarism, and keen interest in outer space. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 4.731 billion Gorbastanis are ruled with an iron fist by the dictatorship government, which ensures that no-one outside the party gets too rich. In their personal lives, however, citizens are relatively unoppressed; it remains to be seen whether this is because the government genuinely cares about its people, or if it hasn't gotten around to stamping out civil rights yet.

The large, corrupt, socially-minded government is primarily concerned with Defense, although Education and Administration are also considered important, while Spirituality isn't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Torselchester. The average income tax rate is 97.3%.

The frighteningly efficient Gorbastani economy, worth a remarkable 1,486 trillion Crowns 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, fairly diversified black market in Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, 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 314,246 Crowns, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

International collectors know that a grease-stain on a work of art probably means it's passed through Gorbastan, practising saying 'how now brown cow' is an essential part of holiday planning, the fate of the world literally rests on Prime Minister Elliot Pearce's fingers, and foreign heads of state have taken out restraining orders against Gorbastani ambassadors. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Gorbastan's national animal is the Bexford Deer, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is Afternoon Tea.

Gorbastan is ranked 1,698th in the world and 36th in The East Pacific for Highest Average Incomes, with 314,246.75 Standard Monetary Units.

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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 341stHighest Poor Incomes: 362ndMost Advanced Defense Forces: 438thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 525thMost Secular: 696thMost Armed: 1,038thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 1,323rdMost Influential: 1,619thHighest Average Incomes: 1,698thLargest Black Market: 1,913thTop
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Largest Governments: 2,280thHighest Average Tax Rates: 2,768thMost Corrupt Governments: 3,231stMost Advanced Public Education: 3,250thMost Developed: 3,396thLargest Information Technology Sector: 3,529thLowest Crime Rates: 4,166thSmartest Citizens: 4,653rdMost Subsidized Industry: 5,656thMost Efficient Economies: 6,043rdMost Advanced Public Transport: 6,067thMost Scientifically Advanced: 6,170thLongest Average Lifespans: 6,829thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 6,867thLargest Welfare Programs: 7,697thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 9,068thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 9,246thTop
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Highest Economic Output: 10,705thMost Income Equality: 12,044thLargest Publishing Industry: 12,267thMost Valuable International Artwork: 12,269thMost Inclusive: 12,873rdHighest Wealthy Incomes: 15,424thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 16,993rdLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 17,208thMost Cultured: 17,403rd
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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 9th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 9th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 11th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 13th in the regionMost Armed: 21st in the regionMost Secular: 24th in the regionLargest Black Market: 34th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 36th in the regionLargest Governments: 56th in the regionMost Influential: 69th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 70th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 71st in the regionTop
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Most Advanced Public Education: 86th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 88th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 96th in the regionMost Developed: 101st in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 111th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 112th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 130th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 130th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 154th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 162nd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 167th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 193rd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 198th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 202nd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 235th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 307th in the regionMost Stationary: 327th in the regionMost Inclusive: 387th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 403rd in the regionTop
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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 439th in the regionMost Cultured: 448th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 457th in the regionLargest Populations: 474th in the regionRudest Citizens: 529th in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 532nd in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 574th in the regionMost Income Equality: 619th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 789th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 831st in the region

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