We've been through a lot, but we pog through it all!
Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 3,323rdMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3,856thMost Patriotic: 5,436th
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Pogging Through The Pain

Population1.111 billion

CapitalNew Pogtopia
LeaderOur Glorious Emperor Jacob Snykenhower


The Empire of Pogging Through The Pain is a massive, orderly nation, ruled by Our Glorious Emperor Jacob Snykenhower with an iron fist, and remarkable for its prohibition of alcohol, ubiquitous missile silos, and zero percent divorce rate. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 1.111 billion Pogging Through The Painians 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 large, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government prioritizes Defense, with Law & Order, Administration, and Healthcare also on the agenda, while Spirituality and International Aid aren't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of New Pogtopia. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 66.7%.

The all-consuming Pogging Through The Painian economy, worth 148 trillion dollars 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, Uranium Mining, Woodchip Exports, and Trout Farming. 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 133,938 dollars, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 383,472 per year while the poor average 37,242, a ratio of 10.3 to 1.

The Pogging Through The Painian delegation to the World Assembly is having a hard time convincing people that international law will "pay for itself somehow...", the nation is committed to nuclear rearmament, people think "siege mentality" is a positive trait, and exorbitant spending on icebreakers breaks the ice at every budget meeting. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Pogging Through The Pain's national animal is the dragon, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Pogism.

Pogging Through The Pain is ranked 238,995th in the world and 1,267th in The Communist Bloc for Lowest Overall Tax Burden, scoring -32.65 on the Hayek Index.

Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 3,323rdMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3,856thMost Patriotic: 5,436thMost Conservative: 5,592ndLargest Mining Sector: 5,687thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 5,770thMost Secular: 5,850thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 7,865thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 8,145thMost Corrupt Governments: 8,403rdMost Authoritarian: 9,479thMost Influential: 10,135thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 11,905thLargest Black Market: 13,233rdTop
Highest Unexpected Death Rate: 14,911thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 16,923rdMost Advanced Public Transport: 18,106thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 18,282ndMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 19,411thHighest Average Incomes: 20,234thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 21,398th
Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 9th in the regionTop
Largest Mining Sector: 20th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 22nd in the regionMost Conservative: 28th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 36th in the regionLargest Black Market: 46th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 47th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 53rd in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 65th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 66th in the regionMost Patriotic: 66th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 86th in the regionTop
Largest Manufacturing Sector: 100th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 102nd in the regionMost Authoritarian: 107th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 125th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 130th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 141st in the regionMost Extreme: 142nd in the regionMost Avoided: 160th in the regionMost Secular: 166th in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 179th in the region

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