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Largest Insurance Industry: 148th Highest Economic Output: 259th Highest Disposable Incomes: 313th
The Supremely Utopian Empire of
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All Hail (fill in the blank, whomever leads today)!
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Gravlen

Population31.085 billion

CapitalGravlen MegaCity One
LeaderLord Gravlen the First
Faithworship of the great Penguin

CurrencyGravel
Animalfurious penguin

The Supremely Utopian Empire of Gravlen is a gargantuan, orderly nation, ruled by Lord Gravlen the First with an iron fist, and remarkable for its deadly medical pandemics, irreverence towards religion, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 31.085 billion Gravlenians are ruled by a mostly-benevolent dictator, who grants the populace the freedom to live their own lives but watches carefully for anyone to slip up.

The tiny, corrupt, well-organized government prioritizes Defense, with Law & Order, Industry, and Education also on the agenda, while Spirituality and Social Policy receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Gravlen MegaCity One. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Gravlenian economy, worth an astonishing 11,354 trillion Gravels a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Uranium Mining, and Book Publishing. Average income is an amazing 365,257 Gravels, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,404,351 per year while the poor average 65,419, a ratio of 21.5 to 1.

Atheists are heavily taxed, tourists avoid using the nation's bugged phones and monitored internet, long arduous trials are held for the most trivial of offences, and turning eighteen is often referred to as the 'Age of Aquarius'. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Gravlen's national animal is the furious penguin, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to heavy metals seepage into national waterways, and its national religion is worship of the great Penguin.

Gravlen is ranked 15,748th in the world and 3rd in The Isles O Chocolate Coatings for Most Cultured, scoring 91 on the Snufflebottom-Wiggendum Pentatonic Scale.

Top
1%
Largest Insurance Industry: 148thHighest Economic Output: 259thHighest Disposable Incomes: 313thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 430thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 525thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 539thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 619thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 705thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 718thLargest Mining Sector: 779thHighest Average Incomes: 805thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 913thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 958thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 980thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1,067thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1,416thLargest Populations: 1,463rdMost Scientifically Advanced: 1,559thTop
5%
Most Efficient Economies: 1,884thLargest Publishing Industry: 1,945thLargest Gambling Industry: 1,994thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 2,090thFattest Citizens: 2,138thSmartest Citizens: 2,480thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2,539thLargest Information Technology Sector: 2,844thLargest Retail Industry: 3,676thLowest Crime Rates: 3,870thMost Avoided: 3,884thMost Corrupt Governments: 4,137thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 4,877thMost Influential: 5,173rdLargest Governments: 6,273rdLargest Black Market: 6,427thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 7,247thRudest Citizens: 7,635thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 8,003rdTop
10%
Most Secular: 10,155thSafest: 10,407thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 14,451stLargest Agricultural Sector: 15,023rdMost Cultured: 15,748thMost Subsidized Industry: 16,151st

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Gravlen was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Subsidized Industry.
  • : Gravlen was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Cultured.
  • : Gravlen was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Scientifically Advanced.
  • : Gravlen was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Advanced Law Enforcement.
  • : Gravlen changed its national motto to "All Hail (fill in the blank, whomever leads today)!".
  • : Gravlen was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Cultured.
  • : Gravlen was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Cultured.
  • : Gravlen was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Survivors and Most Zombies.
  • : Gravlen was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Largest Populations and the Top 5% for Highest Unexpected Death Rate.
  • : Gravlen was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Largest Soda Pop Sector.

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