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The People's Republic of Cumbraterre

“Virouis en Ounite”

Category: New York Times Democracy
Civil Rights:
Some
Economy:
Good
Political Freedoms:
Superb

Regional Influence: Squire

Location: Union of Nationalists

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Cumbraterre

Population217 million

CurrencyMarque Cumbreqouis
AnimalOx

The People's Republic of Cumbraterre is a huge, cultured nation, renowned for its compulsory military service, unlimited-speed roads, and state-planned economy. The hard-nosed, democratic, devout population of 217 million Cumbraterreans enjoy a sensible mix of personal and economic freedoms, while the political process is open and the people's right to vote held sacrosanct.

The large government juggles the competing demands of Education, Spirituality, and Law & Order. The average income tax rate is 45.3%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The Cumbraterrean economy, worth 12.2 trillion Marque Cumbreqouis a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is fairly diversified, is led by the Tourism industry, with major contributions from Cheese Exports, Woodchip Exports, and Furniture Restoration. Average income is 56,184 Marque Cumbreqouis, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.8 times as much as the poorest.

Major cities shut down as their local sports team takes to the field every day, even snitches get stitches, invasive drug testing is now performed at elementary school sports days, and left-wing militias train children how to properly burn down banks. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Cumbraterre's national animal is the Ox, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Cumbraterre is ranked 139,704th in the world and 22nd in Union of Nationalists for Most Pro-Market, scoring -64.75 on the Rand Index.

Top
10%
Most Primitive: 9,407thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 12,458thMost Devout: 12,673rdLargest Cheese Export Sector: 14,137th
Top
10%
Largest Cheese Export Sector: 2nd in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 2nd in the regionMost Politically Free: 2nd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Cumbraterre, left-wing militias train children how to properly burn down banks.
  • : Following new legislation in Cumbraterre, invasive drug testing is now performed at elementary school sports days.
  • : Following new legislation in Cumbraterre, even snitches get stitches.
  • : Following new legislation in Cumbraterre, major cities shut down as their local sports team takes to the field every day.
  • : Following new legislation in Cumbraterre, old dogs don't have to learn new tricks but they have to prove they haven't forgotten old ones.
  • : Following new legislation in Cumbraterre, park rangers struggle to deal with a rash of stolen pic-a-nic baskets.
  • : Following new legislation in Cumbraterre, some are born loving old plays and some have old plays thrust upon them.
  • : Following new legislation in Cumbraterre, park rangers perform full-body searches on suspected fungus smugglers.
  • : Cumbraterre's influence in Union of Nationalists rose from "Page" to "Squire".
  • : Following new legislation in Cumbraterre, cotton candy made from genuine cotton cellulose doesn't quite satisfy.

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