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Largest Trout Fishing Sector: 1,052ndMost Secular: 3,091stMost Pacifist: 9,851st
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Gorsbrook Bank

Population1.658 billion

CapitalRouen
LeaderPrime Minister Lord Sensible

CurrencyBrook Pound
AnimalLion

The Kingdom of Gorsbrook Bank is a massive, cultured nation, ruled by Prime Minister Lord Sensible with an even hand, and renowned for its keen interest in outer space, free-roaming dinosaurs, and irreverence towards religion. The compassionate population of 1.658 billion Brooks are prohibited from doing almost everything except voting, which they do timidly and conservatively.

The large, moralistic government juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Law & Order. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Rouen. The average income tax rate is 67.6%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The all-consuming Brook economy, worth 164 trillion Brook Pounds a year, is quite specialized and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Trout Farming, Tourism, and Book Publishing. Average income is 99,275 Brook Pounds, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Police officers catch up on their paperwork while handing their caseload to PIs, politicians can't accept birthday presents from their own children, every week is blindness awareness week, and customs officers pretend not to hear shouts of "HELP LET ME OUT!" emerging from diplomatic bags. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Gorsbrook Bank's national animal is the Lion, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Gorsbrook Bank is ranked 282,348th in the world and 3rd in The World As We Do Not Know It for Most Avoided, scoring 0.84 on the Kardashian Reflex Score.

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Most Secular: 3,091stMost Pacifist: 9,851stMost Compassionate Citizens: 13,387thSafest: 13,720thLargest Welfare Programs: 14,849thTop
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Nicest Citizens: 15,917thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 16,709thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 18,210thMost Beautiful Environments: 19,452ndMost Inclusive: 20,203rdLowest Crime Rates: 20,330thLargest Information Technology Sector: 21,000thHighest Food Quality: 21,411thLongest Average Lifespans: 22,262ndLargest Publishing Industry: 23,131stSmartest Citizens: 25,005thBest Weather: 25,666thHighest Poor Incomes: 26,128thHealthiest Citizens: 26,415thMost Advanced Public Education: 26,883rd

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