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Most Armed: 3,194thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 5,071stLargest Manufacturing Sector: 5,308th
The Kingdom of
Iron Fist Consumerists
Grills are cool.
Joe Joesson
Influence
Hatchling
Region
Civil Rights
Few
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Unheard Of

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Araste Gogristapland

Population1.445 billion

CapitalGrillville
LeaderJoe Joesson
FaithGrillism

Currencygrill
Animalgrill

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.

Araste Gogristapland is ranked 160,958th in the world and 5,376th in Lazarus for Most Popular Tourist Destinations, with 151.41 Tourists Per Hour.

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Most Armed: 3,194thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 5,071stLargest Manufacturing Sector: 5,308thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 7,186thNudest: 8,066thMost Corrupt Governments: 8,338thMost Scientifically Advanced: 8,653rdLargest Information Technology Sector: 9,326thHighest Poor Incomes: 9,331stLargest Black Market: 11,025thTop
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Highest Average Incomes: 11,521stLargest Retail Industry: 13,667thMost Developed: 14,244thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 16,420thHighest Disposable Incomes: 18,001stLargest Publishing Industry: 18,491stMost Secular: 19,597thLargest Governments: 21,611thLowest Crime Rates: 21,616thMost Advanced Public Education: 22,566th
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Most Armed: 167th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 273rd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 287th in the regionTop
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Nudest: 380th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 446th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 454th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 456th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 490th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 503rd in the regionLargest Black Market: 617th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 632nd in the region

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