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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

Population7.079 billion

CapitalTambourine
LeaderThe Gypsy Queen
FaithChristianity

Currencysilver coin
AnimalWerewolf

The Matriarchy of Gypsy Lands is a colossal, orderly nation, ruled by The Gypsy Queen with an iron fist, and remarkable for its zero percent divorce rate, ritual sacrifices, and compulsory military service. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, devout population of 7.079 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 567 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citizens look forward to baristas getting their name wrong at local coffee shops, the nation's atlases tend to go out of date every few weeks, paranoid museum guards keep a lookout for any animated displays attempting to escape the premises after dark, and it is firmly believed that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 12,300th in the world and 2nd in Gypsy Lands for Lowest Overall Tax Burden, scoring 119.76 on the Hayek Index.

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1%
Most Primitive: 653rdMost Ignorant Citizens: 1,698thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 1,870thTop
5%
Most Devout: 4,497thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 5,168thFattest Citizens: 6,048thLargest Retail Industry: 6,523rdMost Cheerful Citizens: 7,412thLargest Gambling Industry: 7,740thTop
10%
Most Armed: 11,795thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 12,300thHighest Disposable Incomes: 12,559thMost Cultured: 14,147thBest Weather: 15,318thMost Influential: 17,153rdLargest Black Market: 18,667thMost Beautiful Environments: 19,356thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 21,575thMost Valuable International Artwork: 21,585th
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5%
Most Primitive: 1st in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 1st in the regionTop
10%
Most Ignorant Citizens: 2nd in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 2nd in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 3rd in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 3rd in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 3rd in the region

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