by Max Barry

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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 529th Most Influential: 1,142nd Most Advanced Defense Forces: 1,875th
The Zombie Doom Snake of
Iron Fist Consumerists
It's all over
Civil Rights
Unheard Of
Political Freedom

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Population2.095 billion

FaithWorship of Omnipotent Danger Noodle

AnimalDeadly Garden Snake

The Zombie Doom Snake of Gurou is a massive, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Simoji with an iron fist, and notable for its frequent executions, ban on automobiles, and ritual sacrifices. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 2.095 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 aren't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of WiyNei. The average income tax rate is 78.1%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The strong Gurouan economy, worth 230 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 109,921 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 155,997th in the world and 8,429th in The North Pacific for Lowest Overall Tax Burden, scoring -107.13 on the Hayek Index.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 529thMost Influential: 1,142ndTop
Most Advanced Defense Forces: 1,875thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 1,922ndLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 3,632ndMost Secular: 4,200thLargest Black Market: 5,133rdMost Corrupt Governments: 6,192ndLargest Manufacturing Sector: 6,306thMost Authoritarian: 8,219thTop
Most Conservative: 9,191stHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 11,040thHighest Average Tax Rates: 14,787thLowest Crime Rates: 16,198thLargest Governments: 16,512th
Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 61st in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 75th in the regionTop
Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 135th in the regionLargest Black Market: 156th in the regionMost Secular: 223rd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 229th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 236th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 394th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 395th in the regionTop
Most Influential: 481st in the regionMost Authoritarian: 501st in the regionMost Conservative: 541st in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 636th in the regionLargest Governments: 785th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 802nd in the region

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