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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

Population4.599 billion

Capitalthe Capital District
LeaderMinister of Information


The Ministry of Information of the Communist Bloc is a massive, cultured nation, ruled by Minister of Information with a fair hand, and notable for its soft-spoken computers, state-planned economy, and daily referendums. The compassionate, democratic population of 4.599 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 327 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 15,852nd in the world and 324th in The Communist Bloc for Most Inclusive, scoring 153.29 on the Mandela-Wollstonecraft Non-Discrimination Index.

Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 4,147thLargest Welfare Programs: 6,574thTop
Most Compassionate Citizens: 13,536thNicest Citizens: 13,683rdMost Advanced Public Transport: 14,187thMost Inclusive: 15,852ndMost Advanced Public Education: 16,955thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 18,129thLargest Black Market: 19,502ndMost Beautiful Environments: 20,076thMost Politically Free: 23,885thMost Extensive Civil Rights: 24,104thHighest Average Tax Rates: 24,412th
Largest Black Market: 47th in the regionMost Politically Free: 56th in the regionTop
Largest Cheese Export Sector: 65th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 83rd in the regionMost Armed: 115th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 115th in the region

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