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Most Ignorant Citizens: 7th Most Devout: 11th Most Corrupt Governments: 16th
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Economy
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The Goggles

Population14.445 billion

CapitalLamuella
LeaderWonko the Sane
FaithSaneism

CurrencyTriganic Pu
AnimalBugblatter Beast

The Confederacy of The Goggles is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Wonko the Sane with an iron fist, and remarkable for its compulsory military service, parental licensing program, and suspicion of poets. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 14.445 billion Gogglesians are ruled with an iron fist by the corrupt, dictatorship government, which oppresses anyone who isn't on the board of a Fortune 500 company. Large corporations tend to be above the law, and use their financial clout to gain ever-increasing government benefits at the expense of the poor and unemployed.

The minute, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government, or what there is of one, prioritizes Defense, with Law & Order also on the agenda, while Environment and Welfare aren't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Lamuella. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Gogglesian economy, worth a remarkable 6,670 trillion Triganic Pus 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, broadly diversified black market in Arms Manufacturing, Uranium Mining, Woodchip Exports, 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 amazing 461,759 Triganic Pus, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,980,236 per year while the poor average 68,919, a ratio of 28.7 to 1.

A girl's success in life is often linked to her performance in beauty pageants, both illness and poverty are seen as signs of low moral worth, three-year-olds have tantrums because they don't want to be drainage technicians when they grow up, and obesity is a thing of the past due to the nation's sickening cuisine. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, despite the fact that it is difficult to make it through a day without breaking one of the country's many laws. The Goggles's national animal is the Bugblatter Beast, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Saneism.

The Goggles is ranked 169,008th in the world and 4th in The New Old South for Smartest Citizens, with 0.13 Quips Per Hour.

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Most Ignorant Citizens: 7thMost Devout: 11thMost Corrupt Governments: 16thMost Primitive: 19thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 25thLargest Mining Sector: 33rdLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 36thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 37thMost Avoided: 48thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 75thLargest Insurance Industry: 77thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 93rdMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 101stLowest Overall Tax Burden: 109thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 131stFattest Citizens: 135thLargest Retail Industry: 151stHighest Average Incomes: 260thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 313thRudest Citizens: 320thLargest Agricultural Sector: 586thHighest Economic Output: 622ndLowest Crime Rates: 1,093rdLargest Cheese Export Sector: 1,324thTop
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Most Efficient Economies: 2,110thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 3,331stLargest Black Market: 3,813thMost Conservative: 4,356thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 5,671stLargest Populations: 7,567thTop
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Most Stationary: 8,888thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 9,830thMost Extreme: 11,949thMost Influential: 12,214th

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in The Goggles, obesity is a thing of the past due to the nation's sickening cuisine.
  • : Following new legislation in The Goggles, three-year-olds have tantrums because they don't want to be drainage technicians when they grow up.
  • : Following new legislation in The Goggles, both illness and poverty are seen as signs of low moral worth.
  • : Following new legislation in The Goggles, a girl's success in life is often linked to her performance in beauty pageants.
  • : Following new legislation in The Goggles, the national anthem is considered broadly offensive to those who don't believe in Saneism.
  • : Following new legislation in The Goggles, citizens know not to ask what their country can do for them but what they can do as chained slaves for their country.
  • : Following new legislation in The Goggles, sports journals are full of uplifting puff-pieces on professional boxers.
  • : Following new legislation in The Goggles, Animal Liberationists are regularly arrested.
  • : Following new legislation in The Goggles, bands of paramedics walk the streets looking for suspicious medical activity.
  • : Following new legislation in The Goggles, colonial citizens are forced to sing the praise of the "Great Gogglesian Liberator".

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