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The Oppressed Peoples of Gyp Land

“From One, for the Good of Many”

Category: Corrupt Dictatorship
Civil Rights:
Below Average
Political Freedoms:

Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: The East Pacific


Gyp Land

Population536 million

CapitalCaravan Camp

Currencygold coins
AnimalBlack Cat

The Oppressed Peoples of Gyp Land is a huge, orderly nation, renowned for its parental licensing program, digital currency, and lack of airports. The compassionate, cynical population of 536 million Gypsies 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, corrupt, socially-minded, well-organized government prioritizes Education, with Healthcare, Law & Order, and Administration also on the agenda, while Defense and Spirituality receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Caravan Camp. The average income tax rate is 82.3%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The Gypsy economy, worth 35.3 trillion gold coins a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is extremely specialized, is mostly made up of the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Trout Farming. Average income is 65,801 gold coins, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The nation is currently revamping its entire education system, the latest Harry Potter book is a bestseller, 3D printed organs are a breath of new life for the sick and elderly, and signatures have been replaced with illegible scribbles. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Gyp Land's national animal is the Black Cat, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Gyp Land is ranked 222,908th in the world and 8,933rd in The East Pacific for Largest Gambling Industry, scoring -17.49 on the Kelly Criterion Productivity Index.

Most Secular: 2,256thTop
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 2,272ndMost Pacifist: 5,052ndMost Influential: 5,536thNudest: 5,597thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 7,276thMost Compassionate Citizens: 9,324thHealthiest Citizens: 9,401stMost Inclusive: 9,883rdSafest: 10,138thTop
Nicest Citizens: 11,949thBest Weather: 11,968thLongest Average Lifespans: 12,241stLowest Crime Rates: 12,368thMost Authoritarian: 12,497thHighest Average Tax Rates: 12,981stMost Advanced Public Education: 13,266thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 13,955thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 14,113thMost Beautiful Environments: 14,688thMost Valuable International Artwork: 16,035thLargest Welfare Programs: 16,290thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 16,370thMost Income Equality: 16,625thLargest Information Technology Sector: 18,871stMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 19,469thSmartest Citizens: 20,465thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 20,798thLargest Governments: 21,381st
Most Secular: 65th in the regionTop
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 136th in the regionNudest: 180th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 185th in the regionMost Pacifist: 186th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 284th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 303rd in the regionMost Inclusive: 314th in the regionSafest: 352nd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 359th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 363rd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 368th in the regionMost Influential: 370th in the regionBest Weather: 386th in the regionNicest Citizens: 396th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 399th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 412th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 421st in the regionTop
Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 477th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 511th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 519th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 551st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 576th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 579th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 580th in the regionLargest Governments: 600th in the regionMost Cultured: 682nd in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 799th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 835th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 856th in the region

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