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The Grim Reaper

Population21.652 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 remarkable for its barren, inhospitable landscape, flagrant waste-dumping, and state-planned economy. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, cheerful, devout population of 21.652 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, outspoken government prioritizes Education, although Healthcare, Social Policy, and Welfare are also considered important, while Law & Order and Defense aren't funded at all. 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 2,212 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 102,167 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 244,291st in the world and 6,296th in the Rejected Realms for Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry, scoring -9.27 on the Tasmanian Pulp Environmental Export Index.

Most Valuable International Artwork: 524thHighest Crime Rates: 766thMost Rebellious Youth: 1,000thMost Armed: 1,576thMost Avoided: 2,282ndFattest Citizens: 2,416thTop
Highest Unexpected Death Rate: 2,790thMost Cheerful Citizens: 3,072ndLargest Publishing Industry: 3,979thLeast Corrupt Governments: 4,322ndLargest Black Market: 4,441stHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 5,191stMost Advanced Public Education: 6,134thMost Cultured: 6,250thLargest Information Technology Sector: 6,976thMost Inclusive: 8,192ndLargest Populations: 8,355thHighest Economic Output: 8,602ndMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 11,352ndLargest Welfare Programs: 11,642ndHighest Food Quality: 12,187thTop
Smartest Citizens: 15,427thMost Devout: 19,102ndLargest Cheese Export Sector: 22,041stHighest Poor Incomes: 22,563rd
Most Valuable International Artwork: 16th in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 32nd in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 43rd in the regionMost Armed: 48th in the regionTop
Most Avoided: 77th in the regionFattest Citizens: 84th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 90th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 92nd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 95th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 106th in the regionLargest Black Market: 122nd in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 133rd in the regionLargest Populations: 140th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 155th in the regionMost Cultured: 156th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 189th in the regionMost Inclusive: 195th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 232nd in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 247th in the regionHighest Food Quality: 276th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 285th in the regionNudest: 310th in the regionTop
Most Politically Free: 344th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 345th in the regionMost Devout: 349th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 486th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 540th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 625th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 657th in the region

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