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Gig em Aggies

Population27.932 billion

CapitalReveille City
LeaderChief Justice D R Pepper


The Galactic Empire of Gig em Aggies is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Chief Justice D R Pepper with an iron fist, and renowned for its keen interest in outer space, state-planned economy, and otherworldly petting zoo. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 27.932 billion Aggies are kept under strict control by the oppressive government, which measures its success by the nation's GDP and refers to individual citizens as "human resources."

The large, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government is dominated by the Department of Defense, with Industry, Education, and Healthcare also on the agenda, while Social Policy and International Aid receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Reveille City. The average income tax rate is 99.5%.

The frighteningly efficient Gig em Aggiesian economy, worth an astonishing 14,017 trillion Reveilles 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, broadly diversified 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 a breathtaking 501,855 Reveilles, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.5 times as much as the poorest.

Citizens are regularly arrested in queues for 'loitering', shipping canals are a bit like unimaginative cheese shops -- filled with debris, citizens have an obligation to remain silent and anything they say may be used against them, and 13-year-old internet trolls are treated as a threat on par with terrorists. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, despite the fact that it is difficult to make it through a day without breaking one of the country's many laws. Gig em Aggies's national animal is the Sauroposeidon, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Christianity.

Gig em Aggies is ranked 2,526th in the world and 5th in Texas for Most Advanced Public Education, scoring 18,557.84 on the Edu-tellignce® Test Score.

Largest Black Market: 59thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 119thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 161stLargest Manufacturing Sector: 206thHighest Economic Output: 271stMost Advanced Public Transport: 352ndHighest Average Incomes: 375thHighest Poor Incomes: 401stMost Subsidized Industry: 431stMost Corrupt Governments: 485thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 642ndMost Patriotic: 661stMost Stationary: 697thLowest Crime Rates: 755thLargest Governments: 865thMost Beautiful Environments: 983rdMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1,171stMost Influential: 1,188thMost Efficient Economies: 1,199thHighest Average Tax Rates: 1,322ndBest Weather: 1,359thMost Scientifically Advanced: 1,467thLargest Insurance Industry: 1,500thLargest Information Technology Sector: 1,845thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1,892ndMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 2,116thMost Devout: 2,296thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 2,441stMost Advanced Public Education: 2,526thTop
Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 3,107thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 3,299thLargest Populations: 3,777thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 3,812thMost Valuable International Artwork: 3,951stLargest Gambling Industry: 4,399thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 5,364thSmartest Citizens: 5,509thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 7,951stMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 8,476thLargest Agricultural Sector: 8,949thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 9,090thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 9,956thMost Conservative: 9,967thRudest Citizens: 11,220thTop
Most Developed: 15,155thMost Authoritarian: 21,479thLargest Retail Industry: 25,038th
Most Advanced Defense Forces: 1st in the regionMost Patriotic: 1st in the regionLargest Black Market: 1st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionMost Conservative: 1st in the regionTop
Most Corrupt Governments: 2nd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 2nd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 2nd in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 2nd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 2nd in the regionMost Influential: 3rd in the regionBest Weather: 3rd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 3rd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 3rd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 4th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 4th in the regionLargest Governments: 4th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 4th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 4th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 4th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 5th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 5th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 5th in the regionMost Stationary: 6th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 6th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 6th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 6th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 6th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 7th in the regionMost Devout: 8th in the regionTop
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 9th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 9th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 11th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 11th in the regionMost Extreme: 12th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 15th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 17th in the region

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