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The People's Republic of Garbelia in TLA

“All animals are equal!”

Category: Corrupt Dictatorship
Civil Rights:
Very Good
Economy:
Fragile
Political Freedoms:
Rare

Regional Influence: Nipper

Location: The Leftist Assembly

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Garbelia in TLA

Population243 million

CurrencyCryptoGarbel
AnimalOtter

The People's Republic of Garbelia in TLA is a huge, orderly nation, notable for its compulsory military service, frequent executions, and stringent health and safety legislation. The cynical population of 243 million Garbelia in TLAians are ruled with an iron fist by the dictatorship government, which ensures that no-one outside the party gets too rich. In their personal lives, however, citizens are relatively unoppressed; it remains to be seen whether this is because the government genuinely cares about its people, or if it hasn't gotten around to stamping out civil rights yet.

The enormous, socially-minded, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Welfare, Education, and Defense. The average income tax rate is 67.2%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The sizeable but sluggish Garbelia in TLAian economy, worth 6.04 trillion CryptoGarbels a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is quite specialized, is mostly made up of the Trout Farming industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology, Beef-Based Agriculture, and Arms Manufacturing. Average income is 24,866 CryptoGarbels, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The government is reining in public spending, hospitals have to sell their computers on vBay in order to afford the ransomware decryption payments, the death penalty has been reintroduced, and surveillance cameras are banned. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Garbelia in TLA's national animal is the Otter, which frolics freely in the nation's sparkling oceans.

Garbelia in TLA is ranked 224,633rd in the world and 403rd in The Leftist Assembly for Most Developed, scoring 47.46 on the Human Development Index.

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10%
Most Income Equality: 16,925thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 18,366th
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10%
Most Authoritarian: 37th in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 47th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Garbelia in TLA's influence in The Leftist Assembly rose from "Newcomer" to "Nipper".
  • : Garbelia in TLA's influence in The Leftist Assembly rose from "Hatchling" to "Newcomer".
  • : Following new legislation in Garbelia in TLA, surveillance cameras are banned.
  • : Following new legislation in Garbelia in TLA, the death penalty has been reintroduced.
  • : Following new legislation in Garbelia in TLA, hospitals have to sell their computers on vBay in order to afford the ransomware decryption payments.
  • : Following new legislation in Garbelia in TLA, the government is reining in public spending.
  • : Following new legislation in Garbelia in TLA, 100-year-old politicians are now a thing of the past.
  • : Garbelia in TLA's influence in The Leftist Assembly rose from "Unproven" to "Hatchling".
  • : Garbelia in TLA was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Trout Fishing Sector.
  • : Following new legislation in Garbelia in TLA, a well-funded social safety net protects the unfortunate.

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