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Most Armed: 14,554thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 16,162ndLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 16,384th
The Haughty Idiot of
Moralistic Democracy
If you guess, remember to check after the test.
Influence
Shoeshiner
Dep. Minister of Culture
Civil Rights
Unheard Of
Economy
Very Strong
Political Freedom
Some

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Guess and Check

Population11.726 billion

CurrencyMoney
AnimalVulture

The Haughty Idiot of Guess and Check is a gargantuan, safe nation, renowned for its parental licensing program, keen interest in outer space, and suspicion of poets. The hard-nosed, hard-working population of 11.726 billion Guess and Checkians are highly moralistic and fiercely conservative, in the sense that they tend to believe most things should be outlawed. People who have good jobs and work quietly at them are lauded; others are viewed with suspicion.

The medium-sized, moralistic government juggles the competing demands of Law & Order, Defense, and Education. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 25.2%.

The very strong Guess and Checkian economy, worth 831 trillion Monies a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Furniture Restoration, and Automobile Manufacturing. Black market activity is notable. State-owned companies are common. Average income is 70,872 Monies, but there is an enormous disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 379,310 per year while the poor average 6,934, a ratio of 54.7 to 1.

Formerly fertile fields are being leached dry of nutrients by intensive farming, popular cartoon characters frequently appear in government-sponsored PSAs reminding students to say no to drugs, death row inmates cower in fear at the phrase "one-year anniversary", and nobody knows why the caged Vulture sings. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Guess and Check's national animal is the Vulture, which can occasionally be seen dodging aircraft in the nation's cities.

Guess and Check is ranked 72,623rd in the world and 29th in The Union of Democratic States for Most Pro-Market, scoring 60.22 on the Rand Index.

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Most Armed: 14,554thTop
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Highest Wealthy Incomes: 16,162ndLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 16,384thMost Influential: 27,008thMost Conservative: 27,371stGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 29,610thMost Stationary: 29,733rd
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Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 4th in the regionMost Armed: 7th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 9th in the regionTop
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Highest Wealthy Incomes: 11th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 14th in the regionMost Conservative: 14th in the regionLargest Black Market: 18th in the region

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