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Most Advanced Defense Forces: 366thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 388thLargest Black Market: 424th
The Evil Republic of
Psychotic Dictatorship
MWAHAHAHAHA!
Influence
Hegemony
Official Puppet
Region
Civil Rights
Outlawed
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Unheard Of

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Ghost Land

Population12.019 billion

CapitalSpookville
LeaderKing Warlock Ghost VI
FaithSpookism

CurrencyPumpkin
AnimalBlack Cat

The Evil Republic of Ghost Land is a gargantuan, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by King Warlock Ghost VI with an iron fist, and remarkable for its prohibition of alcohol, irreverence towards religion, and punitive income tax rates. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 12.019 billion Ghostlanders are ruled without fear or favor by a psychotic dictator, who outlaws just about everything and refers to the populace as "my little playthings."

The large, corrupt, moralistic, socially-minded, well-organized government prioritizes Defense, with Law & Order and Education also on the agenda, while Spirituality is ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Spookville. The average income tax rate is 97.1%.

The frighteningly efficient Ghost Landian economy, worth a remarkable 3,926 trillion Pumpkins 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 an enormous, deeply entrenched, quite specialized black market in Arms Manufacturing and Information Technology. 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 amazing 326,652 Pumpkins, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 4.2 times as much as the poorest.

Using "inspect element" is grounds for espionage charges, government fact-checkers use surprising amounts of high explosive, teachers are dying as they attempt to read 500 word essays without pausing for breath, and creating cardboard imitations of missiles is a new top-secret military project. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Ghost Land's national animal is the Black Cat, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Spookism.

Ghost Land is ranked 137,304th in the world and 1st in Groovy for Rudest Citizens, with 44.71 insults per minute.

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Most Advanced Defense Forces: 366thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 388thLargest Black Market: 424thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 434thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 588thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 647thMost Secular: 703rdMost Corrupt Governments: 1,157thMost Valuable International Artwork: 1,433rdLargest Information Technology Sector: 1,568thHighest Average Incomes: 1,679thTop
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Lowest Crime Rates: 2,501stHighest Average Tax Rates: 3,207thMost Advanced Public Education: 3,239thMost Conservative: 3,333rdHighest Economic Output: 3,397thLargest Governments: 3,441stMost Subsidized Industry: 3,601stNudest: 3,935thHighest Poor Incomes: 4,203rdHighest Wealthy Incomes: 4,254thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 4,847thMost Authoritarian: 4,916thMost Developed: 5,057thMost Scientifically Advanced: 5,140thMost Patriotic: 5,450thMost Beautiful Environments: 6,019thLongest Average Lifespans: 6,516thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 7,231stMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 7,757thBest Weather: 8,142ndSmartest Citizens: 8,315thMost Efficient Economies: 9,082ndLargest Welfare Programs: 9,893rdMost Advanced Public Transport: 11,667thTop
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Largest Agricultural Sector: 12,539thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 12,889thHealthiest Citizens: 14,445thMost Stationary: 17,661stMost Influential: 20,368thMost Extreme: 20,417th

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