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Largest Black Market: 4,816th Largest Populations: 5,301st Most Stationary: 5,846th
The Ghost Grey Penguin of
Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
[region=The Beech Beach House] is waiting for YOU!
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--TAO--

Population17.412 billion

Capital--TAO-- City
LeaderTAO the Wanderer
FaithAntimarsupialism

Currency17jan2010 grumpha
Animalgrumpha

The Ghost Grey Penguin of --TAO-- is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by TAO the Wanderer with an even hand, and remarkable for its keen interest in outer space, daily referendums, and ubiquitous missile silos. The hard-nosed population of 17.412 billion TAO-penguins have some civil rights, but not too many, enjoy the freedom to spend their money however they like, to a point, and take part in free and open elections, although not too often.

The large government prioritizes Defense, with Education and Public Transport also on the agenda. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of --TAO-- City. The average income tax rate is 67.7%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The --TAO--ian economy, worth a remarkable 1,125 trillion 17jan2010 grumphas a year, is quite specialized and led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Arms Manufacturing and Woodchip Exports. Black market activity is frequent. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is 64,643 17jan2010 grumphas, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.4 times as much as the poorest.

The strong are acquitted and the weak are trampled in trial by a grumpha, political gridlock ensues as even the most innocuous legislation is vetoed by the Supreme Court for potential civil rights violations, judges are all-powerful, and the government is continually probing the galaxy in search of alien life. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. --TAO--'s national animal is the grumpha, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Antimarsupialism.

--TAO-- is ranked 63,154th in the world and 6th in The Beech Beach House for Most Authoritarian, with 0.32 Stalins.

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Largest Black Market: 4,816thLargest Populations: 5,301stMost Stationary: 5,846thTop
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Highest Economic Output: 10,045thMost Influential: 10,592ndHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 13,936thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 14,787thMost Advanced Public Transport: 15,488thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 15,637th
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Most Advanced Defense Forces: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 1st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 1st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 1st in the regionFattest Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1st in the regionMost Stationary: 1st in the regionLargest Governments: 1st in the regionLargest Populations: 1st in the regionMost Influential: 1st in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 1st in the regionLargest Black Market: 1st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1st in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in --TAO--, the government is continually probing the galaxy in search of alien life.
  • : Following new legislation in --TAO--, judges are all-powerful.
  • : Following new legislation in --TAO--, political gridlock ensues as even the most innocuous legislation is vetoed by the Supreme Court for potential civil rights violations.
  • : Following new legislation in --TAO--, the strong are acquitted and the weak are trampled in trial by a grumpha.
  • : --TAO-- lodged a message on the The Beech Beach House Regional Message Board.
  • : --TAO-- lodged a message on the The Beech Beach House Regional Message Board.
  • : --TAO-- lodged a message on the The Beech Beach House Regional Message Board.
  • : --TAO-- was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Advanced Public Transport.
  • : --TAO-- was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Zombified and Most Dead.
  • : --TAO-- was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Zombies and the Top 10% for Most Survivors.

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