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Highest Poor Incomes: 895thLargest Agricultural Sector: 974thMost Secular: 985th
The Transitional State of
Corrupt Dictatorship
Big Sister has always been Big Sister
Influence
Minnow
Region
Civil Rights
Some
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Outlawed

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Kurnugia

Population7.973 billion

CapitalBern
LeaderBig Sister
FaithGenderbending

CurrencyYen
AnimalClownfish

The Transitional State of Kurnugia is a colossal, cultured nation, ruled by Big Sister with an iron fist, and remarkable for its compulsory military service, infamous sell-swords, and stringent health and safety legislation. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 7.973 billion Kurnugians are ruled with an iron fist by the dictatorship government, which ensures that no-one outside the party gets too rich. In their personal lives, however, citizens are relatively unoppressed; it remains to be seen whether this is because the government genuinely cares about its people, or if it hasn't gotten around to stamping out civil rights yet.

The large, corrupt, socially-minded, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Education, and Law & Order. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Bern. The average income tax rate is 97.6%.

The frighteningly efficient Kurnugian economy, worth a remarkable 2,136 trillion Yen 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 a large, well-organized black market in Information Technology, Arms Manufacturing, Tourism, and Beef-Based Agriculture. 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 amazing 268,006 Yen, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Running away is an essential part of the elite forces' hand-to-hand training, the best spies are positively radiant after completing a big mission, Kurnugians believe manners maketh the leader, and taxpayers cringe whenever someone brings up the Former Antagonist Reparations Treaty. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Kurnugia's national animal is the Clownfish, which frolics freely in the nation's sparkling oceans, and its national religion is Genderbending.

Kurnugia is ranked 61,438th in the world and 1,643rd in the Pacific for Largest Retail Industry, scoring 3,623.23 on the Shrinkwrap Consignment Productivity Index.

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Highest Poor Incomes: 895thLargest Agricultural Sector: 974thMost Secular: 985thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1,536thLargest Information Technology Sector: 1,613thMost Valuable International Artwork: 1,974thLargest Governments: 2,411thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2,422ndTop
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Most Developed: 2,559thMost Scientifically Advanced: 2,763rdHighest Average Tax Rates: 2,776thHighest Average Incomes: 2,907thMost Advanced Public Education: 3,231stLargest Black Market: 3,327thSmartest Citizens: 3,498thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 3,704thLowest Crime Rates: 3,747thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 4,028thMost Corrupt Governments: 4,070thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 4,205thMost Efficient Economies: 4,635thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 4,663rdMost Beautiful Environments: 4,788thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 5,759thMost Subsidized Industry: 6,672ndMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 6,763rdHighest Economic Output: 7,541stMost Inclusive: 7,740thMost Advanced Public Transport: 8,218thMost Cultured: 8,227thLargest Welfare Programs: 8,628thLongest Average Lifespans: 9,332ndMost Authoritarian: 9,830thTop
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Most Income Equality: 15,437thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 22,739th
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Largest Agricultural Sector: 25th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 27th in the regionMost Secular: 33rd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 43rd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 58th in the regionLargest Governments: 63rd in the regionTop
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Highest Average Tax Rates: 64th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 65th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 65th in the regionMost Developed: 72nd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 78th in the regionLargest Black Market: 79th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 79th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 87th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 88th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 88th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 89th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 102nd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 106th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 106th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 108th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 111th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 112th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 117th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 144th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 146th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 154th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 171st in the regionMost Cultured: 183rd in the regionMost Inclusive: 208th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 215th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 265th in the regionLargest Populations: 295th in the regionTop
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Most Authoritarian: 379th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 521st in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 571st in the regionMost Income Equality: 592nd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Kurnugia was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Largest Governments.
  • : Kurnugia was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Largest Governments.
  • : Following new legislation in Kurnugia, taxpayers cringe whenever someone brings up the Former Antagonist Reparations Treaty.
  • : Following new legislation in Kurnugia, Kurnugians believe manners maketh the leader.
  • : Following new legislation in Kurnugia, the best spies are positively radiant after completing a big mission.
  • : Kurnugia was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector.
  • : Following new legislation in Kurnugia, running away is an essential part of the elite forces' hand-to-hand training.
  • : Following new legislation in Kurnugia, the contraband cigarette trade is lighting up across Kurnugia.
  • : Following new legislation in Kurnugia, rural Kurnugians stare in awe at the bright lights of the big cities.
  • : Kurnugia was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector and Largest Governments.

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