by Max Barry

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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 376thMost Ignorant Citizens: 589thMost Primitive: 646th
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The Gatekeeper

Population27.561 billion

CapitalDana Barrett's Apartment

AnimalTerror Dog

The Ghastly Expanse of The Gatekeeper is a gargantuan, orderly nation, ruled by Zuul with an iron fist, and remarkable for its frequent executions, complete lack of public education, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless, devout population of 27.561 billion Gatekeeperians 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 government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked, corrupt, moralistic, socially-minded, well-organized morass — juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Spirituality. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Dana Barrett's Apartment. The average income tax rate is 96.0%.

The frighteningly efficient Gatekeeperian economy, worth a remarkable 3,739 trillion Padlocks a year, is extremely specialized and mostly made up of the Arms Manufacturing industry. Black market activity is rampant. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 135,667 Padlocks, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 3.8 times as much as the poorest.

Phone taps are frequently carried out by the police, groups of government workers are declared protected tribes if they venture too deep into the Capitol, the nation's orphanages and maternity wards have been nicknamed 'the Killbot Factories', and the military's primary weapons are fear, surprise, ruthless efficiency, and a fanatical devotion to Obedience. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force. The Gatekeeper's national animal is the Terror Dog, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Obedience.

The Gatekeeper is ranked 12,111th in the world and 3rd in The New Meritocracy for Most Patriotic, with 42.74 flags saluted per person per day.

Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 376thMost Ignorant Citizens: 589thMost Primitive: 646thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 921stMost Devout: 1,491stTop
Largest Black Market: 3,733rdMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 3,823rdHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 3,864thLargest Populations: 3,934thHighest Economic Output: 4,117thHighest Average Tax Rates: 4,432ndLowest Crime Rates: 4,555thMost Authoritarian: 5,491stMost Corrupt Governments: 5,919thMost Conservative: 6,099thLargest Governments: 6,343rdLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 7,238thMost Beautiful Environments: 8,305thMost Advanced Public Transport: 8,601stMost Subsidized Industry: 10,279thSafest: 10,690thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 11,652ndMost Patriotic: 12,111thBest Weather: 12,804thTop
Most Popular Tourist Destinations: 14,699thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 16,156thHighest Average Incomes: 19,636thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 25,966thMost Extreme: 26,337thHighest Poor Incomes: 26,965th
Most Devout: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1st in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 1st in the regionMost Conservative: 1st in the regionMost Primitive: 1st in the regionLargest Governments: 1st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 1st in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 1st in the regionLargest Black Market: 1st in the regionMost Authoritarian: 1st in the regionMost Extreme: 1st in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1st in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 1st in the region

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