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Rudest Citizens: 340thLargest Retail Industry: 500thHighest Crime Rates: 616th
The Most Serene Republic of
The Free Market knows best!
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Population1.523 billion

CapitalOld Gastenburg
LeaderHead of the Great Council Wilhelm Kessel

CurrencyGastenburg Gold Mark

The Most Serene Republic of Gastenburg is a massive, cultured nation, ruled by Head of the Great Council Wilhelm Kessel with a fair hand, and remarkable for its smutty television, otherworldly petting zoo, and irreverence towards religion. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic population of 1.523 billion Gastenburgians live in a state of perpetual fear, as a complete breakdown of social order has led to the rise of order through biker gangs.

The minute, corrupt, liberal, pro-business, outspoken government, or what there is of one, is primarily concerned with Industry, although Education is also considered important, while Welfare and Law & Order aren't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Old Gastenburg. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Gastenburgian economy, worth 320 trillion Gastenburg Gold Marks a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Retail industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology, Soda Sales, and Uranium Mining. Average income is an amazing 210,335 Gastenburg Gold Marks, but there is an enormous disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,232,174 per year while the poor average 16,812, a ratio of 73.3 to 1.

Grannies get pulled over for knitting pullovers while driving, scientific progress marches ever forward with the first ever launch of a cheeseburger into space, mathematicians are gathering an infinite number of Thrushes and typewriters to see if they can recreate the works of Max Barry, and nobody brings rolls of coins to the laundromat anymore. Crime, especially youth-related, is all-pervasive, probably because of the absence of a police force. Gastenburg's national animal is the Thrush, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Capitalism.

Gastenburg is ranked 178,429th in the world and 5,214th in the West Pacific for Most Average, scoring 22.12 on the Average Standardized Normality Scale.

Rudest Citizens: 340thLargest Retail Industry: 500thHighest Crime Rates: 616thMost Armed: 941stLargest Soda Pop Sector: 958thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 985thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1,051stFattest Citizens: 1,127thMost Avoided: 1,218thHighest Disposable Incomes: 1,564thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1,570thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2,057thTop
Most Influential: 2,119thMost Rebellious Youth: 2,386thLargest Gambling Industry: 2,589thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 2,682ndLargest Mining Sector: 2,799thMost Efficient Economies: 3,325thMost Scientifically Advanced: 4,452ndLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 4,667thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 4,805thMost Secular: 5,014thHighest Average Incomes: 5,509thHighest Drug Use: 5,761stLargest Insurance Industry: 7,519thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 8,003rdMost Corrupt Governments: 8,180thMost Valuable International Artwork: 8,724thLargest Information Technology Sector: 9,878thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 9,977thTop
Most Subsidized Industry: 10,652ndLargest Manufacturing Sector: 10,909thLargest Publishing Industry: 12,339thSmartest Citizens: 13,621stMost Cultured: 13,846thMost Pro-Market: 14,075thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 14,570thMost Extensive Civil Rights: 17,222ndLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 18,447th
Rudest Citizens: 8th in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 8th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 12th in the regionMost Armed: 18th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 18th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 20th in the regionFattest Citizens: 21st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 24th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 25th in the regionMost Avoided: 26th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 34th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 34th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 40th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 44th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 44th in the regionTop
Most Influential: 59th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 64th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 70th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 70th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 73rd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 112th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 116th in the regionMost Secular: 145th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 148th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 164th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 166th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 169th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 170th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 181st in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 182nd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 186th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 201st in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 219th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 250th in the regionNudest: 263rd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 279th in the regionTop
Most Extensive Civil Rights: 311th in the regionMost Cultured: 311th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 312th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 319th in the regionLargest Black Market: 484th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 540th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Gastenburg was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most World Assembly Endorsements.
  • : Following new legislation in Gastenburg, nobody brings rolls of coins to the laundromat anymore.
  • : Following new legislation in Gastenburg, mathematicians are gathering an infinite number of Thrushes and typewriters to see if they can recreate the works of Max Barry.
  • : Following new legislation in Gastenburg, scientific progress marches ever forward with the first ever launch of a cheeseburger into space.
  • : Following new legislation in Gastenburg, grannies get pulled over for knitting pullovers while driving.
  • : Following new legislation in Gastenburg, competing private ambulances racing to be the first to traffic accidents are a major cause of road accidents.
  • : Gastenburg voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Commend Trotterdam".
  • : Gastenburg voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Protecting Legal Rights of Workers".
  • : Gastenburg endorsed The Most Serene Republic of Zollipsia.
  • : Following new legislation in Gastenburg, theft is considered to be okay if the crime happened a long time ago.


World Assembly

Endorsements Received: 118 » Bran Astor, Greynne, Bhang Bhang Duc, Fujai, Dilber, The Unified Missourtama States, The United Republic of Westend, Albyion Kingdom, Arnic, Divina Patriae, Redenya, Recuecn, Akshireuya, Psikuta, Tropical Isles, Greg Tucker, Sindria, Wickedly evil people, Mathematania, Condonohia, Mirchusko, Westwind, Starblazer, Kisovec, Cro Magnon, Moriari, United Adaikes, Fuentana, Loegries, Pandaland II, The Fourth Redoubt, Gryphonian Alliance, Pernacyvokya, Win Mints, Atheist States of Philippines, Sensorland, Fielure, Cryland, Euarsia, Q The Almighty, Shaktirajya, New Democratic Republic of Russia, Oronia, Quevilis, Surroosia, Kittenlicious, Scationtanland, The Northeastern Confederation, Ferroia, Ellcrys, and 68 others.San Mazer, Papercuts and Skittles, BoxcarJim, Bigstickistan, Fallgriffin, Pandaland III, Kiensu, Nieubasria, Pi Island, Einherfell, Fumafuma, Holmani, Constantinopolisia, Kalla, Arracrania, Democratic Peoples Freedonia, The Undivided, Twisted Duality, Shirwan, New Kigali, IndyCar Racing, Liberillia, Av Libertas Vindex, Zoran, Eienn, Plankstein, Numpties, Comia Noracon, United Auroran Republic, Mediobogdum, Reklim, Hiems, Mercia Regnum, Nedtherland, DiscGolfLand, Durtoss, The Antarctic Empires, Anuubis, Saransh, The Free States of Gotham, Eleftherios venizelos, Western End Them Son, Acropylae, Marshalia, Eskaton, Neon Sweden, The Paradise of Jeff Bezos, Volkason, Fallen Iron Duke, Wyndward, Oometz, Willow Gate, The Citizens of Victoria, Dankinsted, Santos-Dominius, Emark, Giovanniland, Archonina, Samueliebox, Gracelantia, Fhaengshia, Pepinooo, Rikanhimel, Hamburg Neo, Hertfordshire and Jammbo, Bobki, Nas Crustium, and Zollipsia.

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