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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 270thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 317thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 328th
The Number 341 Military Power of
Psychotic Dictatorship
MWAHAHAHAHA!
Influence
Superpower
Official Puppet
Region
Civil Rights
Outlawed
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Unheard Of

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Ghost Land

Population9.131 billion

CapitalSpookville
LeaderKing Warlock Ghost VI
FaithSpookism

CurrencyPumpkin
AnimalBlack Cat

The Number 341 Military Power of Ghost Land is a colossal, efficient nation, ruled by King Warlock Ghost VI with an iron fist, and renowned for its prohibition of alcohol, frequent executions, and devotion to social welfare. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 9.131 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, although Law & Order and Education are also considered important, while Spirituality is ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Spookville. The average income tax rate is 96.9%.

The frighteningly efficient Ghost Landian economy, worth a remarkable 2,906 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 318,265 Pumpkins, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 4.2 times as much as the poorest.

Crooks and people with too many kids are being kicked out of the country, vacationing Ghostlanders expect to be treated as royalty, bilingual Ghostlanders are viewed with suspicion, and foreign leaders who don't applaud King Warlock Ghost VI's speeches are regarded as enemies of Ghost Land. 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 15,172nd in the world and 1st in Groovy for Most Extreme, scoring 40.4 on the Paul-Nader Subjective Decentrality Index.

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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 270thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 317thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 328thLargest Black Market: 450thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 501stMost Secular: 580thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 613thMost Corrupt Governments: 1,034thLargest Information Technology Sector: 1,427thHighest Average Incomes: 1,620thTop
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Lowest Crime Rates: 2,468thMost Subsidized Industry: 2,937thMost Conservative: 2,951stHighest Average Tax Rates: 3,030thMost Advanced Public Education: 3,073rdLargest Governments: 3,290thHighest Poor Incomes: 3,481stNudest: 4,189thHighest Economic Output: 4,337thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 4,339thMost Authoritarian: 4,730thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 4,867thMost Developed: 4,908thMost Scientifically Advanced: 5,291stMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 5,707thMost Beautiful Environments: 5,713thLongest Average Lifespans: 5,720thBest Weather: 7,395thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 7,862ndMost Efficient Economies: 8,107thSmartest Citizens: 8,347thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 8,449thLargest Welfare Programs: 9,462ndTop
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Most Advanced Public Transport: 11,939thLargest Agricultural Sector: 12,563rdHealthiest Citizens: 12,647thMost Extreme: 15,172nd

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Ghost Land proposed constructing embassies between Groovy and Gypsy Lands.
  • : Ghost Land agreed to construct embassies between Groovy and Raven Brook.
  • : Following new legislation in Ghost Land, foreign leaders who don't applaud King Warlock Ghost VI's speeches are regarded as enemies of Ghost Land.
  • : Following new legislation in Ghost Land, bilingual Ghostlanders are viewed with suspicion.
  • : Following new legislation in Ghost Land, vacationing Ghostlanders expect to be treated as royalty.
  • : Following new legislation in Ghost Land, crooks and people with too many kids are being kicked out of the country.
  • : Ghost Land banned The Victory of ETC from Groovy.
  • : Ghost Land agreed to construct embassies between Groovy and Greater Cyngland.
  • : Ghost Land agreed to construct embassies between Groovy and SECFanatics.
  • : Following new legislation in Ghost Land, popular cartoon characters frequently appear in government-sponsored PSAs reminding students to say no to drugs.

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