by Max Barry

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Largest Agricultural Sector: 659th Most Secular: 678th Most Advanced Defense Forces: 2,265th
The Republic of
Corrupt Dictatorship
Broken from the Start
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Population4.393 billion



The Republic of Kurnugia is a massive, cultured nation, ruled by Alunya with an iron fist, and renowned for its museums and concert halls, ubiquitous missile silos, and vat-grown people. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 4.393 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 medium-sized, corrupt, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Education, and Environment. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Jungle. The average income tax rate is 95.9%.

The frighteningly efficient Kurnugian economy, worth 966 trillion Yuan 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 slick, highly efficient, quite specialized 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 220,012 Yuan, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 3.2 times as much as the poorest.

Buses are widely regarded as the safest way to travel, employers are finding it hard to screen candidates now that everyone gets A grades in their exams, meat-eating is frowned upon, and organised sports are frowned upon as frivolous. 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 Crane, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Atheism.

Kurnugia is ranked 8,678th in the world and 319th in the South Pacific for Most Inclusive, scoring 185.11 on the Mandela-Wollstonecraft Non-Discrimination Index.

Largest Agricultural Sector: 659thMost Secular: 678thTop
Most Advanced Defense Forces: 2,265thMost Scientifically Advanced: 2,489thLargest Information Technology Sector: 2,582ndMost Developed: 2,653rdLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2,842ndLargest Governments: 3,021stSmartest Citizens: 3,576thHighest Average Tax Rates: 3,767thHighest Average Incomes: 4,188thMost Corrupt Governments: 4,563rdLowest Crime Rates: 4,800thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 4,919thMost Advanced Public Education: 4,999thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 5,409thMost Beautiful Environments: 5,487thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 5,674thHighest Poor Incomes: 5,951stMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 7,161stMost Influential: 7,715thMost Efficient Economies: 7,817thMost Subsidized Industry: 7,985thLongest Average Lifespans: 8,443rdTop
Most Inclusive: 8,678thMost Cultured: 9,135thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 9,895thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 10,030thLargest Black Market: 10,491stHighest Wealthy Incomes: 12,042ndMost Advanced Public Transport: 12,883rdHighest Economic Output: 14,210thLargest Welfare Programs: 16,659th
Largest Agricultural Sector: 23rd in the regionMost Secular: 29th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 33rd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 56th in the regionLargest Governments: 72nd in the regionTop
Highest Average Tax Rates: 86th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 87th in the regionMost Developed: 87th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 88th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 93rd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 101st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 110th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 110th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 134th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 135th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 140th in the regionLargest Black Market: 142nd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 152nd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 158th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 167th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 169th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 170th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 172nd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 236th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 255th in the regionMost Cultured: 267th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 273rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 284th in the regionMost Inclusive: 319th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 326th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 357th in the regionTop
Largest Welfare Programs: 444th in the regionLargest Populations: 489th in the regionMost Influential: 551st in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 600th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Kurnugia changed its national motto to "Broken from the Start".
  • : Following new legislation in Kurnugia, organised sports are frowned upon as frivolous.
  • : Following new legislation in Kurnugia, meat-eating is frowned upon.
  • : Following new legislation in Kurnugia, employers are finding it hard to screen candidates now that everyone gets A grades in their exams.
  • : Following new legislation in Kurnugia, buses are widely regarded as the safest way to travel.
  • : Kurnugia changed its national nation type to "Republic".
  • : Kurnugia altered its national flag.
  • : Kurnugia was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Longest Average Lifespans.
  • : Following new legislation in Kurnugia, mountains of VHS tapes of police actions are stacking up in the National Library.
  • : Following new legislation in Kurnugia, the saying 'break a leg' is now taken literally.


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