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The Matriarchy of Gypsy Lands

“Come dance with us.”

Category: Mother Knows Best State
Civil Rights:
Below Average
Economy:
Strong
Political Freedoms:
Few

Regional Influence: Instigator

Location: Gypsy Lands

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Gypsy Lands

Population8.273 billion

CapitalTambourine
LeaderThe Gypsy Queen
FaithChristianity

Currencysilver coin
AnimalWerewolf

The Matriarchy of Gypsy Lands is a colossal, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by The Gypsy Queen with an iron fist, and remarkable for its multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, compulsory military service, and ritual sacrifices. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, devout population of 8.273 billion Gypsies are ruled by a mostly-benevolent dictator, who grants the populace the freedom to live their own lives but watches carefully for anyone to slip up.

The tiny, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Spirituality, Defense, and Environment. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Tambourine. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 7.1%.

The strong Gypsy economy, worth 663 trillion silver coins a year, is led by the Retail industry, with significant contributions from Basket Weaving, Gambling, and Arms Manufacturing. Black market activity is notable. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is 80,182 silver coins, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 242,723 per year while the poor average 20,610, a ratio of 11.8 to 1.

Coffee-addicted citizens look forward to baristas getting their name wrong at local coffee shops, the nation's atlases tend to go out of date every few weeks, paranoid museum guards keep a lookout for any animated displays attempting to escape the premises after dark, and it is firmly believed that cameras steal souls. Crime is a problem, with the police force struggling against a lack of funding and a high mortality rate. Gypsy Lands's national animal is the Werewolf, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Christianity.

Gypsy Lands is ranked 19,797th in the world and 11th in Gypsy Lands for Most Beautiful Environments, with 1,068.88 Pounds Of Wildlife Per Square Mile.

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Most Primitive: 609thMost Ignorant Citizens: 1,706thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 1,903rdTop
5%
Most Devout: 4,829thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 5,275thFattest Citizens: 6,258thLargest Retail Industry: 7,064thMost Cheerful Citizens: 7,992ndLargest Gambling Industry: 8,249thTop
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Highest Disposable Incomes: 12,259thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 12,588thMost Armed: 14,140thMost Cultured: 14,449thMost Influential: 15,946thBest Weather: 16,005thMost Beautiful Environments: 19,797thLargest Black Market: 20,704thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 22,042ndLargest Manufacturing Sector: 23,684th
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Most Primitive: 1st in the regionTop
10%
Most Ignorant Citizens: 2nd in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 2nd in the regionFattest Citizens: 3rd in the regionMost Devout: 3rd in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 3rd in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 3rd in the regionMost Armed: 3rd in the region

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