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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: Minnow

Location: The Communist Bloc


Information of the Communist Bloc

Population5.9 billion

Capitalthe Capital District
LeaderMinister of Information


The Ministry of Information of the Communist Bloc is a colossal, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Minister of Information with a fair hand, and renowned for its museums and concert halls, compulsory vegetarianism, and punitive income tax rates. The compassionate, democratic population of 5.9 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 419 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 71,145 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 44,213th in the world and 1,118th in The Communist Bloc for Most Income Equality, scoring 63.07 on the Marx-Engels Emancipation Scale.

Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 4,477thLargest Welfare Programs: 6,787thTop
Most Advanced Public Transport: 14,381stMost Compassionate Citizens: 14,444thNicest Citizens: 14,607thMost Inclusive: 16,996thMost Advanced Public Education: 17,511thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 18,645thMost Beautiful Environments: 20,603rdLargest Black Market: 20,912thHighest Average Tax Rates: 25,931st
Largest Black Market: 61st in the regionMost Politically Free: 77th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 85th in the regionTop
Largest Cheese Export Sector: 125th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 146th in the regionLargest Populations: 169th in the region

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