The Kingdom of Araste Gogristapland is a massive, cultured nation, ruled by Joe Joesson with an iron fist, and remarkable for its closed borders, digital currency, and state-planned economy. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 1.445 billion Araste Gogristaplandians 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 medium-sized, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government prioritizes Defense, with Education, Administration, and Law & Order also on the agenda, while Spirituality and International Aid are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Grillville. The average income tax rate is 58.8%, and even higher for the wealthy.
The frighteningly efficient Araste Gogristaplandian economy, worth 234 trillion grills 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 a large, well-organized, broadly diversified black market in Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, Retail, 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 impressive 162,192 grills, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.2 times as much as the poorest.
Blasphemers and government critics often die in very unusual and unlikely accidents, extraordinary rendition is nothing out of the ordinary, the bonfire of the old paper records can be seen for miles around Grillville, and people seem disproportionately distraught when told a museum has a phones-off policy. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Araste Gogristapland's national animal is the grill, which can occasionally be seen sifting through garbage in the nation's cities, and its national religion is Grillism.
Most Recent Government Activity:
- : Araste Gogristapland's influence in Lazarus rose from "Unproven" to "Hatchling".
- : Araste Gogristapland's influence in Lazarus rose from "Zero" to "Unproven".
- : Following new legislation in Araste Gogristapland, people seem disproportionately distraught when told a museum has a phones-off policy.
- : Araste Gogristapland was refounded in Lazarus.
- : Araste Gogristapland ceased to exist in Riskia.
- : Araste Gogristapland was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Highest Average Incomes.
- : Araste Gogristapland was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Advanced Public Education.
- : Araste Gogristapland's influence in Riskia fell from "Instigator" to "Contender".
- : Araste Gogristapland's influence in Riskia rose from "Contender" to "Instigator".
- : Araste Gogristapland was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Black Market.