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Fattest Citizens: 1,013thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1,026thLargest Retail Industry: 1,321st
The Thanatocracy of
Compulsory Consumerist State
Liberty is immortal. Kings are not.
Grand Duke Ludwig Von Geisterwald
Influence
Duckspeaker
Region
Civil Rights
Excellent
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Rare

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Geisterwald

Population8.886 billion

CapitalCastle Konigsgrab
LeaderGrand Duke Ludwig Von Geisterwald
FaithNone

CurrencyGolden Schadel-Kront
AnimalRam

The Thanatocracy of Geisterwald is a colossal, socially progressive nation, ruled by Grand Duke Ludwig Von Geisterwald with an iron fist, and renowned for its deadly medical pandemics, public floggings, and irreverence towards religion. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical population of 8.886 billion Geisterwalders are rabid consumers, partly through choice and partly because the government tells them to and dissenters tend to vanish from their homes at night.

The relatively small, corrupt, well-organized government prioritizes Defense, with Environment, Industry, and Education also on the agenda, while Welfare and Social Policy are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Castle Konigsgrab. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 15.2%.

The frighteningly efficient Geisterwaldan economy, worth a remarkable 1,821 trillion Golden Schadel-Kronts a year, is fairly diversified and led by the Retail industry, with major contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, and Tourism. Black market activity is frequent. Average income is an amazing 204,935 Golden Schadel-Kronts, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 892,202 per year while the poor average 29,794, a ratio of 29.9 to 1.

Families must live in a village for a century before they get any say in how it runs, school uniforms are compulsory, the military maintains a fierce arsenal of 'Cure Missiles', and the term cold case has taken on a very literal meaning. Crime is a major problem, with the police force struggling against a lack of funding and a high mortality rate. Geisterwald's national animal is the Ram, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is None.

Geisterwald is ranked 9,480th in the world and 2nd in Galts Gulch for Largest Gambling Industry, scoring 8,936.18 on the Kelly Criterion Productivity Index.

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Fattest Citizens: 1,013thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1,026thLargest Retail Industry: 1,321stMost Cultured: 1,440thRudest Citizens: 1,598thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1,918thHighest Disposable Incomes: 2,146thTop
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Highest Wealthy Incomes: 2,667thMost Beautiful Environments: 5,056thHighest Crime Rates: 5,257thLargest Publishing Industry: 5,401stMost Efficient Economies: 6,570thHighest Average Incomes: 6,988thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 7,094thMost Secular: 7,451stMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 7,768thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 7,985thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 8,232ndMost Scientifically Advanced: 8,504thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 8,562ndLargest Gambling Industry: 9,480thLargest Black Market: 9,845thMost Armed: 9,917thLargest Information Technology Sector: 10,299thMost Patriotic: 10,608thHighest Economic Output: 10,888thSmartest Citizens: 11,815thTop
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Largest Soda Pop Sector: 14,122ndMost Corrupt Governments: 16,919thHighest Food Quality: 17,395thLargest Governments: 19,531stMost Subsidized Industry: 19,773rdMost Stationary: 24,772ndLargest Insurance Industry: 25,928th

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Geisterwald, the term cold case has taken on a very literal meaning.
  • : Following new legislation in Geisterwald, the military maintains a fierce arsenal of 'Cure Missiles'.
  • : Following new legislation in Geisterwald, school uniforms are compulsory.
  • : Following new legislation in Geisterwald, families must live in a village for a century before they get any say in how it runs.
  • : Following new legislation in Geisterwald, train stations can be 'armful places.
  • : Following new legislation in Geisterwald, children are seen fighting in the playground for bread scraps that fall out of diamond-encrusted lunchboxes.
  • : Following new legislation in Geisterwald, the fate of the world literally rests on Grand Duke Ludwig Von Geisterwald's fingers.
  • : Following new legislation in Geisterwald, treaties are taken to be mere rules of thumb.
  • : Geisterwald's influence in Galts Gulch rose from "Truckler" to "Duckspeaker".
  • : Following new legislation in Geisterwald, parole board directors light up a joint before telling hash-brownie baking grannies that they have to stay behind bars.

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