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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 351stHighest Poor Incomes: 483rdMost Advanced Defense Forces: 497th
The United Atheistic Tea Kingdom of
Democratic Socialists
La Capitale du thé du Pacifique Est
Influence
Squire
Civil Rights
Some
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Some

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Gorbastan

Population3.7 billion

CapitalHeathington
LeaderPrime Minister Jacques Legault
FaithAfternoon Tea

CurrencyCrown
AnimalBexford Deer

The United Atheistic Tea Kingdom of Gorbastan is a massive, cultured nation, ruled by Prime Minister Jacques Legault with an even hand, and renowned for its barren, inhospitable landscape, smutty television, and ban on automobiles. The hard-nosed, humorless population of 3.7 billion Gorbastanis are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The large, corrupt, socially-minded government is primarily concerned with Defense, with Education, Administration, and Industry also on the agenda, while Spirituality is ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Heathington. The average income tax rate is 96.6%.

The frighteningly efficient Gorbastani economy, worth a remarkable 1,088 trillion Crowns 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, fairly diversified black market in Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, and Book Publishing. 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 294,290 Crowns, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Frat-house partying has become the national pastime, tourists need only sign on the dotted line to become citizens, foreign leaders who don't applaud Prime Minister Jacques Legault's speeches are regarded as enemies of Gorbastan, and pocket calculators are seen as status symbols for the ostentatiously wealthy. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Gorbastan's national animal is the Bexford Deer, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is Afternoon Tea.

Gorbastan is ranked 169,876th in the world and 7,826th in The East Pacific for Most Ignorant Citizens, with 0.7 Missed References Per Hour.

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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 351stHighest Poor Incomes: 483rdMost Advanced Defense Forces: 497thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 550thMost Secular: 627thMost Armed: 1,057thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 1,082ndMost Influential: 1,412thTop
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Highest Average Incomes: 1,960thLargest Black Market: 2,241stLargest Governments: 2,617thHighest Average Tax Rates: 3,166thMost Corrupt Governments: 3,568thMost Advanced Public Education: 3,664thMost Developed: 3,831stLargest Information Technology Sector: 3,961stLowest Crime Rates: 4,851stMost Subsidized Industry: 5,196thSmartest Citizens: 5,204thMost Advanced Public Transport: 5,965thMost Efficient Economies: 6,231stMost Scientifically Advanced: 6,653rdMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 7,480thLargest Welfare Programs: 7,672ndLongest Average Lifespans: 7,786thTop
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Most Valuable International Artwork: 9,639thLargest Publishing Industry: 12,004thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 12,084thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 12,249thMost Inclusive: 12,726thRudest Citizens: 14,075thHighest Economic Output: 14,206thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 15,115thMost Income Equality: 16,291stLargest Mining Sector: 17,290th
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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 5th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 9th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 10th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 14th in the regionMost Secular: 21st in the regionMost Armed: 21st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 45th in the regionLargest Black Market: 48th in the regionMost Influential: 63rd in the regionLargest Governments: 64th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 66th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 72nd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 74th in the regionTop
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Most Advanced Public Education: 90th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 102nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 103rd in the regionMost Developed: 106th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 118th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 119th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 140th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 150th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 170th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 186th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 190th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 211th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 224th in the regionRudest Citizens: 248th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 303rd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 306th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 315th in the regionMost Inclusive: 362nd in the regionMost Stationary: 383rd in the regionTop
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Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 401st in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 438th in the regionMost Cultured: 447th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 463rd in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 531st in the regionLargest Populations: 538th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Gorbastan voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Commend Benevolent Thomas".
  • : Gorbastan voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Ensuring Safe Syringe Use".
  • : Gorbastan lodged a message on the The East Pacific Regional Message Board.
  • : Gorbastan was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Mining Sector.
  • : Following new legislation in Gorbastan, pocket calculators are seen as status symbols for the ostentatiously wealthy.
  • : Following new legislation in Gorbastan, foreign leaders who don't applaud Prime Minister Jacques Legault's speeches are regarded as enemies of Gorbastan.
  • : Following new legislation in Gorbastan, tourists need only sign on the dotted line to become citizens.
  • : Gorbastan lodged a message on the The East Pacific Regional Message Board.
  • : Following new legislation in Gorbastan, frat-house partying has become the national pastime.
  • : Gorbastan lodged a message on the The East Pacific Regional Message Board.

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World Assembly

Endorsements Received: 139 » Republic of Monarchists, H-Zhena, A Slanted Black Stripe, Riveraland, Am Echad, Socialist Holy American Empire, Wiranath, Brotherland, Qui sequuntur somnia, Galve, Peatiktist, Headpat Central, Dark Edgyness, British Calradia, United China Nation, New Birblands, Shinnokawa, Dreamersistan, Hizuru, Broengtopia, Squid Ruinosa, Arkantis, Eagas, Axdel, Endertopias, Roissyland, Terrabis-Seran, Enlil, Republic of Berzerkistan, The Holy Empire of Moronica, Ridann, Neruch, VW53Aland, Dragonia, The New Wisconsin Empire, Asendavia, Free sovereign Soviet socialist republic, The Soviet Space Commie Union, Kelsyth, Osterreich und Ungarn, Pakitsk, Avalon Ascendancy, Harro Waarudho, Imperial Akatsuki, Kublam, Adavan, Outer Verron Swicia Islands, Kampf Empire, Tshana, Federated States of Zootron, and 89 others.Tuvaltastan, Slui, Kagorg Bra Corna, Shavara, Lorynia, Drunken Seal Islands, Ellsonian Dominion, Amanthaya, Southern Yugoslavia, Norgsveldet, New Leganes, Taurora, Solestia, Kelssek, Sufjan Stevens Fans, Amjedia, Slys Paws, Lyontisia, Bullpups, Blobbo, The Angel of Charity, Bytes, Indrapore, BearStackof2015, Kangarawa, Akorial, Nova-Columbia, Just Vale 2, The United Asian Republics, Talitoa, Someseni, The Holy Utopian Republic, The Cult of the Great Cthulhu, Atlia Sonis, Bakaworld, Abadong, Acheronn, Bai Lung, Barfleur, Aeljae, Archooli, Adolanta, America Mjolnir, AngusEssa, ArenaC, Kilkire, Abtracnt, Kalaratri, The United Neo American Union, Arpino, Libertanny, Dragons Blood, Grossvietnam, Stellaire Imperiale, Magosconity, Stanisiti, The Green Blade, La xinga, Servants of Gizmo, Danelaw Scandinavia, Firenation91, Zukchiva, Matdor, Restoration of Eastern Kaiserreich, Brethren, Valdwall, Cantonese Union, Rhineheart, Iodinia, Ramaeus, Trimmania, Rage Mage, Marrabuk, Stellar Colonies, Liberstankonia, Aveyona, Tretrid, Plazland, Dratava, The Militarius Imperium, Meddacah, Oofery, Evrigenis, Rainbow Vests, Rhealaliit, Kucia, Montagne Blanc de Saint George, Volkarai, and Didysis Vilnius.

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