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Most Armed: 3,715thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 4,167thMost Patriotic: 4,561st
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The State of the Greater Gothic Empire

Population1.689 billion

LeaderHIM God-Emperor Petrus I Chalubeius
FaithImperial Cult

Currencypenny dreadful

The Most Omnipotent Government of The State of the Greater Gothic Empire is a massive, orderly nation, ruled by HIM God-Emperor Petrus I Chalubeius with an iron fist, and remarkable for its keen interest in outer space, ubiquitous missile silos, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless, devout population of 1.689 billion Goths are kept under strict control by the oppressive government, which measures its success by the nation's GDP and refers to individual citizens as "human resources."

The medium-sized, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government prioritizes Defense, although Law & Order, Spirituality, and Education are also considered important, while International Aid and Welfare are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Hemiselenople. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 62.7%.

The powerhouse Gothic economy, worth 241 trillion penny dreadfuls 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 Woodchip Exports. 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 143,195 penny dreadfuls, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 443,508 per year while the poor average 35,620, a ratio of 12.5 to 1.

A government program is underway to revitalize The State of the Greater Gothic Empire's beaches, extraordinary rendition is nothing out of the ordinary, the new Grand Inquisitor of Righteous Scientific Inquiry has ordered a surprising amount of hemlock, and state officials tend to disappear after they forget to salute HIM God-Emperor Petrus I Chalubeius's portrait. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. The State of the Greater Gothic Empire's national animal is the raven, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to toxic air pollution, and its national religion is Imperial Cult.

The State of the Greater Gothic Empire is ranked 152,707th in the world and 1,029th in Europe for Smartest Citizens, with 25.91 quips per hour.

Most Armed: 3,715thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 4,167thMost Patriotic: 4,561stMost Devout: 4,981stMost Advanced Defense Forces: 4,991stLargest Manufacturing Sector: 5,158thLargest Insurance Industry: 6,134thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 6,209thMost Corrupt Governments: 8,040thLargest Mining Sector: 8,240thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 8,772ndMost Conservative: 8,976thMost Authoritarian: 9,519thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 10,426thLargest Black Market: 11,447thTop
Highest Average Incomes: 17,117thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 20,478thLowest Crime Rates: 24,756th
Most Conservative: 31st in the regionMost Armed: 32nd in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 34th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 34th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 35th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 39th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 43rd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 43rd in the regionMost Devout: 45th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 51st in the regionMost Patriotic: 52nd in the regionTop
Largest Black Market: 65th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 68th in the regionMost Extreme: 70th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 74th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 83rd in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 110th in the region

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