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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 1,020th Lowest Crime Rates: 2,107th Most Advanced Defense Forces: 2,495th
The Kakistocracy of
Psychotic Dictatorship
Those who choose death for glory are foolish.
Civil Rights
Unheard Of
Political Freedom
Unheard Of

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Population12.858 billion

LeaderRevter Trochev


The Kakistocracy of Grothbord is a gargantuan, orderly nation, ruled by Revter Trochev with an iron fist, and renowned for its sprawling nuclear power plants, compulsory military service, and anti-smoking policies. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 12.858 billion Grothbordians are ruled without fear or favor by a psychotic dictator, who outlaws just about everything and refers to the populace as "my little playthings."

The large, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Volkstadt. The average income tax rate is 95.0%.

The frighteningly efficient Grothic economy, worth a remarkable 2,458 trillion Adlermarks a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is broadly diversified, is led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Uranium Mining, and Retail. Average income is an impressive 191,204 Adlermarks, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.8 times as much as the poorest.

There's sophisticated talk of revolution within the ever-expanding mining colonies, a rusted hulk in Volkstadt harbour has been voted the worst eyesore in International Northwestern Union, gangs have taken to secret handshakes after tattoos were banned, and the diplomatic corps tends to open negotiations by insulting all the foreigners in the room. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Grothbord's national animal is the Eagle, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to toxic air pollution, and its national religion is Anti-Vayonism.

Grothbord is ranked 27,226th in the world and 24th in International Northwestern Union for Largest Publishing Industry, scoring 6,046.57 on the Bella Potter Productivity e-Index.

Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 1,020thTop
Lowest Crime Rates: 2,107thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 2,495thMost Advanced Public Transport: 3,798thMost Corrupt Governments: 3,862ndLargest Governments: 3,879thMost Secular: 4,132ndLargest Mining Sector: 4,577thHighest Economic Output: 4,629thHighest Average Tax Rates: 4,754thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 4,790thMost Influential: 5,697thLargest Insurance Industry: 6,213thHighest Average Incomes: 6,536thSafest: 6,670thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 7,103rdHighest Poor Incomes: 7,323rdLargest Manufacturing Sector: 7,385thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 7,610thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 7,996thTop
Most Subsidized Industry: 8,965thMost Scientifically Advanced: 9,662ndMost Authoritarian: 10,526thMost Advanced Public Education: 12,280thLargest Retail Industry: 13,243rdSmartest Citizens: 13,994thLargest Information Technology Sector: 14,167thLargest Populations: 14,845thMost Conservative: 15,251st
Largest Mining Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1st in the regionMost Authoritarian: 2nd in the regionTop
Most Extreme: 3rd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 3rd in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 3rd in the regionMost Conservative: 3rd in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 3rd in the regionMost Secular: 4th in the region

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