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The Grim Reaper

Population19.365 billion

Leaderthe Grim Reaper


The Havent you people ever heard of The Grim Reaper is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by the Grim Reaper with a fair hand, and notable for its museums and concert halls, barren, inhospitable landscape, and complete lack of prisons. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, cheerful, devout population of 19.365 billion Reapers hold their civil and political rights very dear, although the wealthy and those in business tend to be viewed with suspicion.

The large, liberal, outspoken government prioritizes Education, with Healthcare, Social Policy, and Welfare also on the agenda, while Law & Order and Defense receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Necropolis. The average income tax rate is 48.7%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The all-consuming undead economy, worth a remarkable 1,984 trillion souls 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, highly specialized black market in Information Technology, Book Publishing, Cheese 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 impressive 102,496 souls, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Government adverts say that twelve lashes a day keeps divine wrath at bay, community-designed sword prostheses are becoming dangerously common, people can't decide between preserving forests and buying print copies of 'Dogman Versus The Giggler', and military officials are questioning the policy of ceding the nation's territory in exchange for promises not to invade it. Crime, especially youth-related, is all-pervasive, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. The Grim Reaper's national animal is the zombie, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

The Grim Reaper is ranked 56,832nd in the world and 3,010th in Osiris for Most Developed, scoring 63.17 on the Human Development Index.

Most Valuable International Artwork: 285thHighest Crime Rates: 675thMost Rebellious Youth: 919thMost Armed: 1,375thFattest Citizens: 2,343rdTop
Highest Unexpected Death Rate: 2,778thMost Cheerful Citizens: 2,863rdLargest Publishing Industry: 3,691stLeast Corrupt Governments: 4,304thLargest Black Market: 4,332ndMost Avoided: 4,525thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 5,268thMost Advanced Public Education: 5,844thMost Cultured: 6,039thLargest Information Technology Sector: 6,575thMost Inclusive: 7,769thLargest Populations: 8,283rdHighest Economic Output: 8,389thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 9,490thNudest: 11,848thLargest Welfare Programs: 11,989thTop
Smartest Citizens: 15,216thMost Devout: 16,810thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 17,994thHighest Poor Incomes: 20,953rdMost Politically Free: 23,418th
Most Valuable International Artwork: 8th in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 25th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 31st in the regionMost Armed: 48th in the regionTop
Fattest Citizens: 111th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 140th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 144th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 158th in the regionLargest Black Market: 182nd in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 208th in the regionLargest Populations: 215th in the regionMost Avoided: 245th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 265th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 274th in the regionMost Cultured: 284th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 299th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 357th in the regionMost Inclusive: 370th in the regionTop
Most Politically Free: 396th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 447th in the regionNudest: 456th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 517th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 608th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 659th in the regionMost Devout: 764th in the region

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