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Most Influential: 1,061st Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 4,500th Healthiest Citizens: 4,932nd
The First People's Empire of
Father Knows Best State
Bear The Hardship With Pride
Civil Rights
Below Average
Political Freedom

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Population3.626 billion

LeaderGrigori Zhukov


The First People's Empire of Cogoria is a massive, efficient nation, ruled by Grigori Zhukov with an iron fist, and renowned for its keen interest in outer space, vat-grown people, and irreverence towards religion. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 3.626 billion Cogorians are ruled by a mostly-benevolent dictator, who grants the populace the freedom to live their own lives but watches carefully for anyone to slip up.

The large, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Law & Order, Defense, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Oktobergrad. The average income tax rate is 64.0%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The powerhouse Cogorian economy, worth 362 trillion Cogors 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 slick, highly efficient, highly specialized 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 impressive 100,063 Cogors, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

It is illegal to distribute Girl Guide Cookies without an advanced food hygiene diploma, record sales of 'child-whacking sticks' have been reported, the government is cracking down on subversive groups, and the nation's police officers are famously miserable-looking. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Cogoria's national animal is the Fox, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Cogoria is ranked 48,822nd in the world and 2,432nd in The North Pacific for Most Average, scoring 42.95 on the Average Standardized Normality Scale.

Most Influential: 1,061stTop
Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 4,500thHealthiest Citizens: 4,932ndMost Secular: 5,540thMost Corrupt Governments: 8,100thBest Weather: 8,151stMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 8,330thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 8,681stTop
Lowest Crime Rates: 10,341stLargest Information Technology Sector: 11,710thLargest Black Market: 12,264thMost Scientifically Advanced: 12,519thLargest Publishing Industry: 13,577thMost Inclusive: 14,346thLongest Average Lifespans: 14,872ndMost Advanced Defense Forces: 15,521stMost Beautiful Environments: 15,791stMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 16,708thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 17,731stHighest Poor Incomes: 17,783rd
Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 145th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 242nd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 261st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 280th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 294th in the regionLargest Black Market: 298th in the regionMost Secular: 320th in the regionBest Weather: 441st in the regionMost Influential: 449th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 462nd in the regionTop
Most Advanced Defense Forces: 514th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 624th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 669th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 687th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 778th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 780th in the regionLargest Populations: 810th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 820th in the regionMost Inclusive: 826th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 886th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 912th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 946th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 947th in the regionMost Cultured: 995th in the region

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