by Max Barry

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Most Secular: 200th Largest Agricultural Sector: 911th Most Efficient Economies: 1,198th
The Grand Corporatocracy of
Father Knows Best State
Mercatus Super Omnia.
Civil Rights
Below Average
Political Freedom
Unheard Of

Overview Policies People Government Economy Rank Trend Cards


Population10.507 billion

CapitalAdonia City

AnimalCladosporium Sphaerospermum

The Grand Corporatocracy of Gawdzendia is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by XANDER with an iron fist, and notable for its national health service, sprawling nuclear power plants, and ubiquitous missile silos. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 10.507 billion Gawdzendians 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 tiny, corrupt, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Education, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Adonia City. The average income tax rate is 3.5%.

The frighteningly efficient Gawdzendian economy, worth a remarkable 2,379 trillion GZDS a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Tourism, and Retail. Black market activity is frequent. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an amazing 226,507 GZDS, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 3.2 times as much as the poorest.

The "daily grind" consists of levelling up in tedious video games, the nation has nearly as many history museums as Gawdzendians, escargots have lost their charm ever since they started to be called 'cooked land snails', and Pinkerton agents are called in to forcibly break up white collar strikes. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Gawdzendia's national animal is the Cladosporium Sphaerospermum, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is nonexistant.

Gawdzendia is ranked 1,198th in the world and 42nd in The North Pacific for Most Efficient Economies, scoring 100 on the Krugman-Greenspan Business Outlook Index.

Most Secular: 200thLargest Agricultural Sector: 911thMost Efficient Economies: 1,198thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 1,228thLargest Information Technology Sector: 1,324thHighest Disposable Incomes: 1,384thMost Scientifically Advanced: 1,648thTop
Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 2,372ndLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2,466thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 3,058thLargest Black Market: 3,159thMost Influential: 3,189thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 3,394thHighest Average Incomes: 3,870thHighest Economic Output: 4,648thMost Corrupt Governments: 5,284thLargest Retail Industry: 5,392ndHighest Poor Incomes: 5,533rdSmartest Citizens: 7,071stMost Developed: 8,237thTop
Most Beautiful Environments: 10,266thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 11,380thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 11,884thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 12,964thLongest Average Lifespans: 14,925thHighest Drug Use: 15,999th
Most Secular: 7th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 37th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 42nd in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 48th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 51st in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 63rd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 67th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 84th in the regionLargest Black Market: 94th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 95th in the regionTop
Largest Furniture Restoration Industry: 109th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 113th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 119th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 172nd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 180th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 264th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 279th in the regionLargest Populations: 359th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 383rd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 444th in the regionTop
Most Developed: 497th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 555th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 598th in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 741st in the regionHighest Drug Use: 817th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 837th in the regionMost Armed: 864th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 891st in the regionMost Influential: 926th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 949th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Gawdzendia was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Healthiest Citizens.
  • : Following new legislation in Gawdzendia, Pinkerton agents are called in to forcibly break up white collar strikes.
  • : Following new legislation in Gawdzendia, escargots have lost their charm ever since they started to be called 'cooked land snails'.
  • : Following new legislation in Gawdzendia, the nation has nearly as many history museums as Gawdzendians.
  • : Following new legislation in Gawdzendia, the "daily grind" consists of levelling up in tedious video games.
  • : Following new legislation in Gawdzendia, schoolchildren must pass a six-month Ethics and Safety Committee Assessment before they are allowed to mix baking soda and vinegar.
  • : Gawdzendia's influence in The North Pacific fell from "Shoeshiner" to "Sprat".
  • : Following new legislation in Gawdzendia, only vaccinated citizens may have free healthcare.
  • : Following new legislation in Gawdzendia, cash-strapped junkies lick rabbits for a cheap high.
  • : Following new legislation in Gawdzendia, eight-year-olds can be seen lighting up in public areas.


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