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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: Contender

Location: Gypsy Lands

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Gypsy Lands

Population11.239 billion

CapitalTambourine
LeaderThe Gypsy Queen
FaithChristianity

Currencysilver coin
AnimalWerewolf

The Matriarchy of Gypsy Lands is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by The Gypsy Queen with an iron fist, and notable for its compulsory military service, ritual sacrifices, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, devout population of 11.239 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 6.8%.

The strong Gypsy economy, worth 913 trillion silver coins a year, is led by the Retail industry, with major contributions from Gambling, Arms Manufacturing, and Basket Weaving. Black market activity is notable. Average income is 81,283 silver coins, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 247,550 per year while the poor average 20,714, a ratio of 12.0 to 1.

Alcoholics are lauded as national benefactors within the halls of the Ministry of Finance, you can bet your bottom dollar that gambling will cost you an arm and a leg, cigarettes are dead-cheap, and unruly families are deliberately marooned on desert islands. 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 112,493rd in the world and 25th in Gypsy Lands for Largest Publishing Industry, scoring 2,542.56 on the Bella Potter Productivity e-Index.

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Most Primitive: 655thMost Ignorant Citizens: 1,754thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 2,116thTop
5%
Highest Unexpected Death Rate: 4,629thMost Devout: 5,233rdFattest Citizens: 5,480thLargest Gambling Industry: 5,822ndLargest Retail Industry: 7,519thMost Cheerful Citizens: 8,906thHighest Disposable Incomes: 11,937thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 11,995thMost Armed: 13,136thTop
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Most Influential: 14,126thMost Cultured: 14,486thBest Weather: 16,161stMost Beautiful Environments: 18,144thLargest Black Market: 21,539thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 23,453rdHighest Economic Output: 24,621stMost Patriotic: 25,341stMost Corrupt Governments: 27,282nd
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5%
Most Ignorant Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Primitive: 1st in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 2nd in the regionFattest Citizens: 2nd in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 2nd in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 2nd in the regionMost Armed: 2nd in the regionTop
10%
Most Influential: 3rd in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 3rd in the regionMost Devout: 4th in the region

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