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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 553rd Most Influential: 1,375th Most Advanced Defense Forces: 1,981st
The Zombie Doom Snake of
Iron Fist Consumerists
It's all over
Influence
Shoeshiner
Civil Rights
Unheard Of
Economy
Strong
Political Freedom
Outlawed

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Gurou

Population1.313 billion

CapitalWiyNei
LeaderSimoji
FaithWorship of Omnipotent Danger Noodle

CurrencyIousy
AnimalDeadly Garden Snake

The Zombie Doom Snake of Gurou is a massive, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Simoji with an iron fist, and renowned for its compulsory military service, anti-smoking policies, and ubiquitous missile silos. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 1.313 billion Gurouans are kept under strict control by the oppressive government, which measures its success by the nation's GDP and refers to individual citizens as "human resources."

The large, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government prioritizes Defense, although Law & Order, Administration, and Education are also considered important, while Welfare and International Aid receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of WiyNei. The average income tax rate is 77.1%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The strong Gurouan economy, worth 141 trillion Iousies a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is an enormous, deeply entrenched, quite specialized black market in Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, and Uranium Mining. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is an impressive 107,674 Iousies, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.3 times as much as the poorest.

The fate of the world literally rests on Simoji's fingers, singing in public is only allowed if you are singing the praise of the Motherland, the might of the entire Gurouan Navy is focused on fifty bemused spear-throwing islanders, and WiyNei has become the number one destination for urban exploration in The North Pacific. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Gurou's national animal is the Deadly Garden Snake, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Worship of Omnipotent Danger Noodle.

Gurou is ranked 160,759th in the world and 8,226th in The North Pacific for Most Cultured, scoring 27 on the Snufflebottom-Wiggendum Pentatonic Scale.

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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 553rdMost Influential: 1,375thTop
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Most Advanced Defense Forces: 1,981stMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 1,986thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 3,517thMost Secular: 4,088thMost Corrupt Governments: 5,799thLargest Black Market: 6,134thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 6,342ndMost Authoritarian: 6,911thMost Conservative: 6,916thTop
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Highest Unexpected Death Rate: 9,081stHighest Average Tax Rates: 15,733rdLowest Crime Rates: 16,181st
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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 68th in the regionTop
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Most Advanced Defense Forces: 83rd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 136th in the regionLargest Black Market: 183rd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 208th in the regionMost Secular: 212th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 230th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 303rd in the regionMost Authoritarian: 373rd in the regionTop
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Most Conservative: 420th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 430th in the regionMost Influential: 536th in the regionMost Extreme: 692nd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 692nd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 794th in the regionLargest Governments: 794th in the region

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