by Max Barry

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The Matriarchy of Gryphons

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Category: Left-wing Utopia
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Regional Influence: Minnow

Location: the South Pacific



Population139 million


The Matriarchy of Gryphons is a very large, socially progressive nation, remarkable for its state-planned economy, rampant corporate plagiarism, and parental licensing program. The democratic population of 139 million Gryphis are free to do what they want with their own bodies, and vote for whomever they like in elections; if they go into business, however, they are regulated to within an inch of their lives.

The enormous, liberal government juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Welfare. The average income tax rate is 66.9%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The sizeable but inefficient Gryphonsian economy, worth 6.24 trillion Tokens a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector is led by the Tourism industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Arms Manufacturing, and Pizza Delivery. Average income is 44,906 Tokens, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Signatures have been replaced with illegible scribbles, court verdicts are predictable to within a hundredth of a percentage point, clowns are being rounded up and admitted to mental institutions, and internet trolls are considered valiant supporters of the right to free speech. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Gryphons's national animal is the Gryphon, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Gryphons is ranked 10,779th in the world and 326th in the South Pacific for Most Extensive Civil Rights, with 82.67 Martin Luther King, Jr. Units.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 3,432ndTop
Most Extensive Civil Rights: 10,779thHighest Drug Use: 13,566thMost Inclusive: 14,566thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 15,500thMost Influential: 16,105thMost Secular: 16,851st
Most Extensive Civil Rights: 326th in the regionTop
Highest Drug Use: 403rd in the regionMost Inclusive: 493rd in the regionMost Secular: 563rd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 599th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 600th in the region

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