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The United Socialist States of New Flamington

“Sleep is for the weak”

Category: Corrupt Dictatorship
Civil Rights:
Good
Economy:
Good
Political Freedoms:
Few

Regional Influence: Nipper

Location: The Leftist Assembly

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New Flamington

Population259 million

Currencybaht
Animalturtle

The United Socialist States of New Flamington is a huge, orderly nation, remarkable for its state-planned economy, irreverence towards religion, and devotion to social welfare. The hard-nosed, cynical, devout population of 259 million New Flamingtonians are ruled with an iron fist by the dictatorship government, which ensures that no-one outside the party gets too rich. In their personal lives, however, citizens are relatively unoppressed; it remains to be seen whether this is because the government genuinely cares about its people, or if it hasn't gotten around to stamping out civil rights yet.

The government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked, socially-minded morass — juggles the competing demands of Welfare, Industry, and Education. The average income tax rate is 73.8%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The New Flamingtonian economy, worth 11.5 trillion baht 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 large, well-organized, highly specialized black market in Pizza Delivery, Uranium Mining, Soda Sales, and Arms Manufacturing. 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 44,559 baht, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Orphanages are closing their doors as the government forces parents to actually raise their children, you're only as old as you feel, overhead luggage compartments on planes sometimes conceal dimunitive intelligence officers, and the police force is rumoured to be made up of evil shadows with no souls. Crime is almost non-existent, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. New Flamington's national animal is the turtle, which can occasionally be seen avoiding garbage in the nation's murky oceans.

New Flamington is ranked 194,400th in the world and 331st in The Leftist Assembly for Highest Economic Output, with 11.5 trillion Standard Monetary Units.

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Nudest: 626thTop
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Most Primitive: 3,782ndTop
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Most Advanced Public Transport: 13,243rdLargest Welfare Programs: 15,240thMost Rebellious Youth: 18,077thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 23,194thMost Ignorant Citizens: 23,684thHighest Average Tax Rates: 23,695th
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Most Primitive: 3rd in the regionNudest: 4th in the regionTop
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Most Ignorant Citizens: 11th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 12th in the regionLargest Black Market: 22nd in the regionFattest Citizens: 24th in the regionTop
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Most Avoided: 30th in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 41st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 42nd in the region

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