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Largest Insurance Industry: 841stMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1,496thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1,617th
The Fallen Empire of
Father Knows Best State
The strong have faith. The weak can only have hope.
Influence
Duckspeaker
Civil Rights
Below Average
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Outlawed

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The Galirandi

Population11.884 billion

CapitalKirion
LeaderIsavin of Merek
FaithI Varashii

Currencyuniversal standard
Animalwinged serpent

The Fallen Empire of The Galirandi is a gargantuan, orderly nation, ruled by Isavin of Merek with an iron fist, and notable for its public floggings, frequent executions, and sprawling nuclear power plants. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 11.884 billion Andari are ruled by a mostly-benevolent dictator, who grants the populace the freedom to live their own lives but watches carefully for anyone to slip up.

The relatively small, corrupt, well-organized government is primarily concerned with Defense, although Industry and Education are also considered important, while Spirituality and Environment are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Kirion. The average income tax rate is 63.7%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Gal'irandiru economy, worth a remarkable 3,331 trillion universal standards 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 Book Publishing. 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 280,337 universal standards, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.8 times as much as the poorest.

The government terminates employment with extreme prejudice, politicians can be seen taking candy from babies, statue-sitting has replaced the stake-out as the dullest form of police duty, and bemused citizens are encouraged to sing foreign-language hymns of religions they have never heard of. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. The Galirandi's national animal is the winged serpent, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is I Varashii.

The Galirandi is ranked 255,820th in the world and 19th in Lieux sans frontieres for Healthiest Citizens, with 0.47 bananas ingested per day.

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Largest Insurance Industry: 841stMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1,496thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1,617thLargest Black Market: 1,770thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1,814thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2,143rdMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2,523rdTop
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Largest Mining Sector: 2,768thHighest Average Incomes: 2,810thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 2,944thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2,986thMost Patriotic: 3,755thHighest Poor Incomes: 3,803rdMost Avoided: 4,585thHighest Economic Output: 4,926thLargest Agricultural Sector: 4,964thLargest Information Technology Sector: 5,129thFattest Citizens: 5,396thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 5,663rdHighest Disposable Incomes: 5,779thMost Efficient Economies: 6,426thMost Corrupt Governments: 6,890thLargest Publishing Industry: 7,199thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 7,212thMost Subsidized Industry: 7,402ndMost Scientifically Advanced: 8,021stHighest Wealthy Incomes: 8,312thLargest Governments: 10,935thMost Secular: 11,040thMost Armed: 12,971stTop
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Smartest Citizens: 13,057thMost Developed: 15,200thLargest Retail Industry: 16,317thMost Valuable International Artwork: 21,857thMost Advanced Public Education: 22,171stLargest Cheese Export Sector: 23,745th
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Largest Black Market: 2nd in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 3rd in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 3rd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in The Galirandi, bemused citizens are encouraged to sing foreign-language hymns of religions they have never heard of.
  • : Following new legislation in The Galirandi, statue-sitting has replaced the stake-out as the dullest form of police duty.
  • : Following new legislation in The Galirandi, politicians can be seen taking candy from babies.
  • : Following new legislation in The Galirandi, the government terminates employment with extreme prejudice.
  • : Following new legislation in The Galirandi, scientists are researching the best way to kill off humanity to prevent catastrophic war.
  • : The Galirandi was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Armed.
  • : The Galirandi was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Armed.
  • : Following new legislation in The Galirandi, small children are learning a lot of new words from a teacher with Tourette Syndrome.
  • : Following new legislation in The Galirandi, funeral mourners ridesharing with the deceased are encouraged to sit on the coffin to save room.
  • : Following new legislation in The Galirandi, citizens receive notices of disenfranchisement along with their parking tickets.

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