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The Ministry of Information of the Communist Bloc

“Ipsa scientia potestas est.” Minister of Information

Category: Left-wing Utopia
Civil Rights:
World Benchmark
Very Strong
Political Freedoms:
World Benchmark

Regional Influence: Nipper

Location: The Communist Bloc


Information of the Communist Bloc

Population3.202 billion

Capitalthe Capital District
LeaderMinister of Information


The Ministry of Information of the Communist Bloc is a massive, genial nation, ruled by Minister of Information with a fair hand, and renowned for its complete lack of prisons, compulsory vegetarianism, and devotion to social welfare. The compassionate, democratic population of 3.202 billion Comrades are free to do what they want with their own bodies, and vote for whomever they like in elections; if they go into business, however, they are regulated to within an inch of their lives.

The enormous, liberal, socially-minded, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Education, Welfare, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of the Capital District. The average income tax rate is 72.9%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The very strong Information of the Communist Blocian economy, worth 227 trillion words a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is a slick, highly efficient, quite specialized black market in Tourism, Information Technology, Cheese Exports, and Book Publishing. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is 71,128 words, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Torture is illegal, sending sick politicians "Get Well Soon" cards is considered bribery, no one believes anything until it has been strenuously tested and peer-reviewed, and Minister of Information's told that love often manifests itself through homicidal four-lettered litanies. Crime, especially youth-related, is almost non-existent. Information of the Communist Bloc's national animal is the article, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Egoism.

Information of the Communist Bloc is ranked 22,719th in the world and 53rd in The Communist Bloc for Largest Black Market, with 16.0 trillion Standard Monetary Units.

Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 4,472ndLargest Welfare Programs: 6,770thTop
Most Compassionate Citizens: 13,828thNicest Citizens: 13,940thMost Advanced Public Transport: 15,406thMost Inclusive: 16,156thMost Advanced Public Education: 17,760thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 19,589thMost Beautiful Environments: 21,561stMost Extensive Civil Rights: 22,308thMost Politically Free: 22,347thLargest Black Market: 22,719th
Largest Cheese Export Sector: 52nd in the regionLargest Black Market: 53rd in the regionMost Politically Free: 72nd in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 82nd in the region

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