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Grod Island

Population6.19 billion

LeaderSecretary Fiona Elesham
FaithSecular Humanism


The United Communes of Grod Island is a colossal, genial nation, ruled by Secretary Fiona Elesham with an even hand, and notable for its pith helmet sales, irreverence towards religion, and punitive income tax rates. The compassionate, democratic population of 6.19 billion Grodians enjoy extensive civil rights and enjoy a level of social equality free from the usual accompanying government corruption.

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 Domreis. The average income tax rate is 97.2%.

The frighteningly efficient Grodian economy, worth 885 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 quite specialized, is led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Tourism and Book Publishing. Average income is an impressive 143,127 Dollops, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Confessions don't count if suffixed with "izzle", kindergartners' favourite dance move is the stop-drop-and-roll, town nameplates frequently raise giggles from passing tourists, and murderers facing life in prison listen to long sermons on positive thinking. 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 234,628th in the world and 423rd in The Leftist Assembly for Largest Retail Industry, scoring -15.13 on the Shrinkwrap Consignment Productivity Index.

Most Valuable International Artwork: 944thMost Pacifist: 1,344thLargest Welfare Programs: 1,558thMost Compassionate Citizens: 1,693rdNicest Citizens: 1,973rdBest Weather: 1,993rdMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2,143rdMost Influential: 2,301stTop
Longest Average Lifespans: 2,454thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 2,471stSafest: 2,596thHealthiest Citizens: 2,661stMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 2,670thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 2,691stMost Inclusive: 2,750thLowest Crime Rates: 2,773rdMost Beautiful Environments: 2,913thHighest Average Tax Rates: 3,013thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 3,200thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 3,366thMost Developed: 3,747thMost Advanced Public Education: 3,791stLargest Governments: 4,811thSmartest Citizens: 5,576thMost Cultured: 6,312thHighest Poor Incomes: 6,567thLargest Publishing Industry: 7,142ndMost Cheerful Citizens: 8,596thMost Advanced Public Transport: 8,638thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 9,358thMost Subsidized Industry: 9,629thMost Efficient Economies: 10,539thTop
Least Corrupt Governments: 12,437thMost Secular: 14,702ndHighest Average Incomes: 15,841stMost Income Equality: 17,742ndMost Scientifically Advanced: 18,419thLargest Information Technology Sector: 19,193rdHighest Economic Output: 20,655th
Most Valuable International Artwork: 10th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 10th in the regionMost Pacifist: 20th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 21st in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 23rd in the regionSafest: 24th in the regionTop
Best Weather: 25th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 27th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 28th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 28th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 29th in the regionMost Influential: 29th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 29th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 31st in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 31st in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 31st in the regionNicest Citizens: 34th in the regionLargest Governments: 34th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 34th in the regionMost Developed: 38th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 38th in the regionMost Inclusive: 41st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 44th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 45th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 45th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 45th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 45th in the regionMost Cultured: 47th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Grod Island, murderers facing life in prison listen to long sermons on positive thinking.
  • : Following new legislation in Grod Island, town nameplates frequently raise giggles from passing tourists.
  • : Following new legislation in Grod Island, kindergartners' favourite dance move is the stop-drop-and-roll.
  • : Following new legislation in Grod Island, confessions don't count if suffixed with "izzle".
  • : Grod Island was reclassified from "Democratic Socialists" to "Scandinavian Liberal Paradise".
  • : Following new legislation in Grod Island, the government has declared its commitment to multilateralism.
  • : Following new legislation in Grod Island, atheists in the nation feel uneasy living in buildings where they were once vilified.
  • : Grod Island altered its national flag.
  • : Grod Island endorsed The People's Republic of Atis.
  • : Grod Island endorsed The Queendom of Western Drakonia.


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