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The Most Serene Republic of Gymnostan

“Man came from apes; society came from man.”

Category: Liberal Democratic Socialists
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Regional Influence: Squire

Location: the South Pacific



Population17.282 billion

CapitalGodiva City
LeaderPrime Minister Archimedes D'Siracusa

AnimalGymnostani Mastiff

The Most Serene Republic of Gymnostan is a gargantuan, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Prime Minister Archimedes D'Siracusa with a fair hand, and renowned for its museums and concert halls, anti-smoking policies, and punitive income tax rates. The democratic, humorless population of 17.282 billion Gymnostanis love a good election, and the government gives them plenty of them. Universities tend to be full of students debating the merits of various civil and political rights, while businesses are tightly regulated and the wealthy viewed with suspicion.

The enormous, socially-minded government juggles the competing demands of Environment, Education, and Law & Order. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Godiva City. The average income tax rate is 82.6%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The large but inefficient Gymnostani economy, worth 931 trillion verduroes a year, is extremely specialized and mostly made up of the Book Publishing industry, with significant contributions from Tourism. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is 53,892 verduroes, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Suburban backyards are seized by the government and turned into national parks, homophobia is off the menu, the sanitised and dull music festivals of Gymnostan are famed for their reasonable volume levels, and soldiers find that home gadgets and power tools are more effective as improvised weapons than the guns they've been issued. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Gymnostan's national animal is the Gymnostani Mastiff, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Naturism.

Gymnostan is ranked 137,120th in the world and 5,472nd in the South Pacific for Lowest Overall Tax Burden, scoring -105.85 on the Hayek Index.

Nudest: 183rdMost World Assembly Endorsements: 1,251stMost Beautiful Environments: 1,429thTop
Most Stationary: 1,569thMost Influential: 1,625thBest Weather: 1,984thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 2,813thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 3,024thLongest Average Lifespans: 3,404thLargest Populations: 7,059thTop
Largest Publishing Industry: 8,593rdLeast Corrupt Governments: 9,287thMost Cultured: 9,436thSafest: 9,768thHighest Average Tax Rates: 11,223rdSmartest Citizens: 11,227thMost Advanced Public Education: 11,617thLargest Black Market: 14,828th
Nudest: 2nd in the regionMost Stationary: 35th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 42nd in the regionTop
Largest Populations: 65th in the regionBest Weather: 66th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 82nd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 87th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 110th in the regionMost Influential: 143rd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 182nd in the regionLargest Black Market: 216th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 242nd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 251st in the regionMost Cultured: 265th in the regionTop
Highest Average Tax Rates: 296th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 336th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 340th in the regionSafest: 354th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 364th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 457th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 485th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 501st in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 568th in the region

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