by Max Barry

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Most Advanced Defense Forces: 394thLargest Black Market: 432ndLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 456th
The Evil Republic of
Psychotic Dictatorship
Official Puppet
Civil Rights
Political Freedom
Unheard Of

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Ghost Land

Population13.71 billion

LeaderKing Warlock Ghost VI

AnimalBlack Cat

The Evil Republic of Ghost Land is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by King Warlock Ghost VI with an iron fist, and remarkable for its ubiquitous missile silos, compulsory vegetarianism, and devotion to social welfare. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 13.71 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 4,478 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 182,671st in the world and 2nd in Groovy for Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry, scoring -1.41 on the Tasmanian Pulp Environmental Export Index.

Most Advanced Defense Forces: 394thLargest Black Market: 432ndLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 456thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 509thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 693rdLargest Manufacturing Sector: 748thMost Secular: 766thMost Corrupt Governments: 1,370thLargest Information Technology Sector: 1,670thHighest Average Incomes: 1,814thTop
Lowest Crime Rates: 2,688thHighest Economic Output: 3,107thMost Valuable International Artwork: 3,109thMost Conservative: 3,408thMost Advanced Public Education: 3,461stHighest Average Tax Rates: 3,475thLargest Governments: 3,760thNudest: 3,932ndMost Subsidized Industry: 4,072ndHighest Poor Incomes: 4,594thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 4,780thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 4,815thMost Authoritarian: 5,083rdMost Developed: 5,355thMost Scientifically Advanced: 5,460thMost Beautiful Environments: 6,094thLongest Average Lifespans: 7,167thMost Patriotic: 7,172ndHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 7,583rdBest Weather: 8,481stSmartest Citizens: 8,600thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 9,508thMost Efficient Economies: 9,684thLargest Welfare Programs: 10,229thMost Advanced Public Transport: 11,718thLargest Agricultural Sector: 13,144thTop
Most Popular Tourist Destinations: 13,211thMost Stationary: 15,758thHealthiest Citizens: 15,857thMost Influential: 18,723rdLargest Populations: 23,272nd

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