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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 325thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 354thLargest Black Market: 422nd
The Evil Republic of
Psychotic Dictatorship
Official Puppet
Civil Rights
Political Freedom
Unheard Of

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Ghost Land

Population10.855 billion

LeaderKing Warlock Ghost VI

AnimalBlack Cat

The Evil Republic of Ghost Land is a gargantuan, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by King Warlock Ghost VI with an iron fist, and notable for its infamous sell-swords, prohibition of alcohol, and devotion to social welfare. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 10.855 billion Ghostlanders 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 large, corrupt, moralistic, socially-minded, well-organized government prioritizes Defense, with Law & Order, Education, and Administration also on the agenda, while Spirituality receives no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Spookville. The average income tax rate is 97.0%.

The frighteningly efficient Ghost Landian economy, worth a remarkable 3,512 trillion Pumpkins 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, quite specialized black market in Arms Manufacturing and Information Technology. 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 323,608 Pumpkins, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 4.2 times as much as the poorest.

Families consisting of more than three people are forced to split up, genetic screening weeds out citizens whose legs don't bend easily at the knee, the military refers to helpless combatants offering surrender as "sitting ducks", and public shaming has become the favoured form of punishment. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Ghost Land's national animal is the Black Cat, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Spookism.

Ghost Land is ranked 3,732nd in the world and 1st in Groovy for Highest Economic Output, with 3,512 trillion Standard Monetary Units.

Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 325thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 354thLargest Black Market: 422ndMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 426thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 547thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 575thMost Secular: 643rdMost Valuable International Artwork: 984thMost Corrupt Governments: 1,095thLargest Information Technology Sector: 1,546thHighest Average Incomes: 1,665thTop
Lowest Crime Rates: 2,468thMost Conservative: 2,690thHighest Average Tax Rates: 3,232ndMost Advanced Public Education: 3,356thLargest Governments: 3,378thHighest Economic Output: 3,732ndMost Subsidized Industry: 3,764thHighest Poor Incomes: 4,163rdHighest Wealthy Incomes: 4,188thNudest: 4,394thMost Authoritarian: 4,584thMost Developed: 5,082ndMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 5,212thMost Scientifically Advanced: 5,260thLongest Average Lifespans: 6,393rdMost Beautiful Environments: 6,456thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 7,737thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 7,850thSmartest Citizens: 8,499thMost Efficient Economies: 9,069thBest Weather: 9,093rdMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 9,358thLargest Welfare Programs: 10,768thLargest Agricultural Sector: 11,108thTop
Most Advanced Public Transport: 12,474thHealthiest Citizens: 14,015thMost Extreme: 19,169thMost Stationary: 20,447thMost Influential: 21,459th

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