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Largest Trout Fishing Sector: 283rdMost Primitive: 1,135thMost Ignorant Citizens: 1,809th
The Divine Republic of
Psychotic Dictatorship
Under His Eye
Civil Rights
Political Freedom
Unheard Of

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North Gilead

Population2.473 billion

CapitalWashington DC
LeaderSons of Jacob
FaithGileadean Christianity


The Divine Republic of North Gilead is a massive, efficient nation, ruled by Sons of Jacob with an iron fist, and remarkable for its complete lack of prisons, lack of airports, and stringent health and safety legislation. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless, devout population of 2.473 billion Gileadeans are ruled without fear or favor by a psychotic dictator, who outlaws just about everything and refers to the populace as "my little playthings."

The large, corrupt, moralistic, socially-minded, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Spirituality. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Washington DC. The average income tax rate is 79.2%.

The thriving North Gileadian economy, worth 268 trillion Tokens 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, quite specialized black market in Trout Farming, Arms Manufacturing, Woodchip Exports, 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 impressive 108,471 Tokens, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 4.1 times as much as the poorest.

Government officials are phoning up good-looking celebrities to say they want to breed with them, a new apartment is worth a thousand betrayals, school uniforms are compulsory, and immigrant teachers use fat stacks of cash as teaching aids. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. North Gilead's national animal is the Eagle, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies, and its national religion is Gileadean Christianity.

North Gilead is ranked 286,807th in the world and 94th in Liberal Democratic Union for Largest Gambling Industry, scoring -8.52 on the Kelly Criterion Productivity Index.

Largest Trout Fishing Sector: 283rdMost Primitive: 1,135thMost Ignorant Citizens: 1,809thMost Devout: 2,237thTop
Most Authoritarian: 5,756thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 7,383rdMost Conservative: 7,406thMost Patriotic: 7,461stMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 7,655thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 8,032ndLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 8,103rdMost Corrupt Governments: 9,657thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 13,600thLowest Crime Rates: 14,274thLargest Agricultural Sector: 15,023rdTop
Largest Welfare Programs: 16,696thHighest Average Tax Rates: 17,082ndLargest Black Market: 19,110thLargest Governments: 21,653rdMost Advanced Public Transport: 22,600thBest Weather: 26,769thMost Extreme: 29,117th
Largest Trout Fishing Sector: 1st in the regionMost Conservative: 1st in the regionMost Authoritarian: 1st in the regionTop
Most Ignorant Citizens: 2nd in the regionMost Primitive: 2nd in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 2nd in the regionMost Devout: 2nd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 4th in the regionMost Extreme: 5th in the regionTop
Most Patriotic: 6th in the regionLargest Black Market: 6th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 6th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 7th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 7th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 8th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 8th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 9th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 9th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 9th in the region

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