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Grod Island

Population7.528 billion

LeaderSecretary Fiona Elesham
FaithSecular Humanism


The People's Confederacy of Grod Island is a colossal, efficient nation, ruled by Secretary Fiona Elesham with a fair hand, and notable for its daily referendums, zero percent divorce rate, and stringent health and safety legislation. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 7.528 billion Grodians love a good election, and the government gives them plenty of them. Universities tend to be full of students debating the merits of various civil and political rights, while businesses are tightly regulated and the wealthy viewed with suspicion.

The enormous, socially-minded government juggles the competing demands of Administration, Education, and Environment. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Domris. The average income tax rate is 97.8%.

The frighteningly efficient Grodian economy, worth a remarkable 1,209 trillion Dollops a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is highly specialized, is led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing and Tourism. Average income is an impressive 160,676 Dollops, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The police crack down on tax evaders without mercy, search and rescue forces now accept cheques and all major credit cards, community organizers have given up going door to door because nobody is home, and atheistic refugees haven't got a prayer of being granted asylum. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Grod Island's national animal is the Bear, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Secular Humanism.

Grod Island is ranked 2,541st in the world and 17th in The Leftist Assembly for Lowest Crime Rates, with 128.64 law-abiding acts per hour.

Most Influential: 1,066thMost Pacifist: 1,278thMost Compassionate Citizens: 1,471stBest Weather: 1,531stLargest Welfare Programs: 1,586thNicest Citizens: 1,656thLongest Average Lifespans: 1,912thHealthiest Citizens: 2,027thSafest: 2,174thMost Valuable International Artwork: 2,220thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2,260thMost Beautiful Environments: 2,379thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 2,382ndMost Inclusive: 2,440thTop
Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 2,490thLowest Crime Rates: 2,541stHighest Average Tax Rates: 2,715thHighest Food Quality: 2,761stHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 2,863rdMost Secular: 2,910thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 2,929thMost Developed: 2,932ndMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 3,020thMost Advanced Public Education: 3,423rdLargest Governments: 3,940thSmartest Citizens: 4,185thLargest Publishing Industry: 4,349thMost Cheerful Citizens: 4,721stLeast Corrupt Governments: 4,745thHighest Poor Incomes: 4,839thMost Cultured: 5,514thMost Efficient Economies: 7,586thMost Subsidized Industry: 7,775thMost Advanced Public Transport: 7,796thMost Scientifically Advanced: 10,585thLargest Information Technology Sector: 10,644thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 11,877thHighest Average Incomes: 11,937thTop
Highest Economic Output: 15,776thMost Income Equality: 15,847th
Most Valuable International Artwork: 13th in the regionBest Weather: 16th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 16th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 17th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 17th in the regionMost Influential: 18th in the regionMost Pacifist: 19th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 21st in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 21st in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 21st in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 22nd in the regionSafest: 23rd in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 24th in the regionNicest Citizens: 25th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 26th in the regionMost Developed: 30th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 30th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 31st in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 31st in the regionHighest Food Quality: 32nd in the regionTop
Largest Governments: 34th in the regionMost Secular: 34th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 35th in the regionMost Inclusive: 36th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 37th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 38th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 39th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 39th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 42nd in the regionMost Cultured: 42nd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 43rd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 43rd in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 46th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 46th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 50th in the regionMost Stationary: 54th in the regionLargest Populations: 59th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 65th in the region

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