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Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 3,218thMost Armed: 4,095thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 4,540th
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Neo-Western East Korea

Population533 million

CapitalThe Bunker-City of Omiskan

CurrencyCyber Bats
AnimalNuclear Combusting Crocodile

The Rogue Nation of Neo-Western East Korea is a huge, orderly nation, remarkable for its national health service, pith helmet sales, and punitive income tax rates. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 533 million Neo-Western East Koreans 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 medium-sized, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government prioritizes Defense, with Law & Order, Administration, and Healthcare also on the agenda, while Welfare and Environment aren't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of The Bunker-City of Omiskan. The average income tax rate is 66.3%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The all-consuming Neo-Western East Korean economy, worth 81.0 trillion Cyber Bats 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, broadly diversified black market in Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, Uranium Mining, and Retail. 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 151,992 Cyber Bats, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.7 times as much as the poorest.

Roads are often attended by round-the-clock construction crews, people seem disproportionately distraught when told a museum has a phones-off policy, the navy is chrome-plating its battleships to prevent rust, and the Ministry of Health has reported a sharp increase in the incidence of delayed menopause. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Neo-Western East Korea's national animal is the Nuclear Combusting Crocodile, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to heavy metals seepage into national waterways.

Neo-Western East Korea is ranked 51,771st in the world and 1,621st in The East Pacific for Largest Furniture Restoration Industry, scoring 3,693.18 on the Spitz-Pollish Productivity Index.

Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 3,218thMost Armed: 4,095thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 4,540thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 4,790thMost Patriotic: 5,108thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 5,187thMost Avoided: 5,772ndFattest Citizens: 6,194thLargest Mining Sector: 6,577thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 7,262ndMost Corrupt Governments: 7,763rdLargest Manufacturing Sector: 8,458thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 8,529thMost Influential: 9,558thTop
Largest Retail Industry: 12,011thMost Scientifically Advanced: 13,436thHighest Average Incomes: 13,588thMost Authoritarian: 13,734thHighest Poor Incomes: 14,514thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 14,911thLargest Black Market: 15,190thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 17,254thLargest Information Technology Sector: 19,182ndMost Secular: 19,674thLargest Governments: 23,698th
Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 75th in the regionTop
Most Armed: 85th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 87th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 94th in the regionMost Patriotic: 124th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 125th in the regionFattest Citizens: 150th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 157th in the regionMost Avoided: 157th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 167th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 168th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 170th in the regionLargest Black Market: 211th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 331st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 347th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 392nd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 410th in the regionTop
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 500th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 535th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 562nd in the regionMost Influential: 564th in the regionLargest Governments: 630th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 633rd in the regionMost Secular: 645th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 662nd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 746th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 779th in the region

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