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The Commonwealth of Gaeslan 702

“A puppet of Diljan Rikardsson”

Category: Iron Fist Socialists
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Regional Influence: Hermit

Location: Nobody likes a Commie


Gaeslan 702

Population4.189 billion


The Commonwealth of Gaeslan 702 is a massive, environmentally stunning nation, remarkable for its state-planned economy, irreverence towards religion, and stringent health and safety legislation. The cynical population of 4.189 billion Gaeslan 702ians are ruled with an iron fist by the socialist government, which grants its people the freedom to do whatever they like so long as it doesn't involve getting richer than anybody else or challenging the government.

The large, socially-minded, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Law & Order, Welfare, and Education. The average income tax rate is 50.9%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The sizeable but stagnant Gaeslan 702ian economy, worth 45.5 trillion kronor 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 slick, highly efficient, quite specialized black market in Trout Farming, Cheese Exports, Information Technology, and Soda Sales. 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 10,872 kronor, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Gaeslan 702's national animal is the gyrfalcon, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

Gaeslan 702 is ranked 182,871st in the world and 1st in Nobody likes a Commie for Most Advanced Defense Forces, scoring 401.53 on the Total War Preparedness Rating.

Most Income Equality: 4,225th

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