by Max Barry

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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 539th Most Influential: 1,078th Most Advanced Defense Forces: 1,881st
The Zombie Doom Snake of
Iron Fist Consumerists Imperialist Pig Dog Oppressors
It's all over
Civil Rights
Unheard Of
Political Freedom

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Population2.275 billion

FaithWorship of Omnipotent Danger Noodle

AnimalDeadly Garden Snake

The Zombie Doom Snake of Gurou is a massive, orderly nation, ruled by Simoji with an iron fist, and notable for its ban on automobiles, infamous sell-swords, and irreverence towards religion. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 2.275 billion Gurouans 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 large, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government prioritizes Defense, with Law & Order, Administration, and Education also on the agenda, while Welfare and International Aid aren't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of WiyNei. The average income tax rate is 77.6%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The strong Gurouan economy, worth 255 trillion Iousies 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, quite specialized black market in Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, and Uranium Mining. 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 impressive 112,363 Iousies, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.3 times as much as the poorest.

Fat-shaming is now public policy, teams of painters are converting road signs from horse lengths to kilometers, soldiers must key in their passwords every time they want to reload their weapons, and the government extracts trade concessions from poor nations in exchange for humanitarian aid. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Gurou's national animal is the Deadly Garden Snake, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Worship of Omnipotent Danger Noodle.

Gurou is ranked 109,057th in the world and 5,560th in The North Pacific for Most Developed, scoring 49.9 on the Human Development Index.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 539thMost Influential: 1,078thTop
Most Advanced Defense Forces: 1,881stMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 2,019thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 3,704thMost Secular: 4,069thLargest Black Market: 4,685thMost Corrupt Governments: 6,007thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 6,280thTop
Most Authoritarian: 8,268thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 9,743rdMost Conservative: 10,171stHighest Average Tax Rates: 14,892ndLowest Crime Rates: 15,889th
Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 66th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 73rd in the regionTop
Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 141st in the regionLargest Black Market: 147th in the regionMost Secular: 215th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 230th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 244th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 352nd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 383rd in the regionTop
Most Influential: 444th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 503rd in the regionMost Conservative: 607th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 673rd in the regionLargest Governments: 779th in the region

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