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The People's Republic of New United Common-lands

“Your Money is Our Money”

Category: Liberal Democratic Socialists
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Regional Influence: Truckler

Location: The Region That Has No Big Banks


New United Common-lands

Population563 million

CapitalHot Socialists


The People's Republic of New United Common-lands is a huge, genial nation, notable for its museums and concert halls, state-planned economy, and irreverence towards religion. The compassionate, democratic population of 563 million New United Common-landsians love a good election, and the government gives them plenty of them. Universities tend to be full of students debating the merits of various civil and political rights, while businesses are tightly regulated and the wealthy viewed with suspicion.

The enormous, socially-minded government juggles the competing demands of Education, Welfare, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Hot Socialists. The average income tax rate is 88.0%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The powerhouse New United Common-landsian economy, worth 55.9 trillion Marxes a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is quite specialized, is led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Tourism, Book Publishing, and Beef-Based Agriculture. Average income is 99,301 Marxes, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Citizens are encouraged to report friends, family members or co-workers who seem depressed to the government for "counselling", Saturday morning cartoons feature full frontal nudity, jokes told in elementary school often come back to haunt politicians, and tourists outnumber citizens two to one. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. New United Common-lands's national animal is the Dove, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

New United Common-lands is ranked 177,243rd in the world and 116th in The Region That Has No Big Banks for Most Cheerful Citizens, with 47.56 Percentage Of Water Glasses Perceived Half-Full.

Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 1,258thTop
Most Pacifist: 2,919thLargest Welfare Programs: 4,136thSafest: 4,311thNudest: 4,590thMost Advanced Public Transport: 4,896thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 5,814thMost Compassionate Citizens: 6,043rdNicest Citizens: 7,284thLeast Corrupt Governments: 7,612thMost Rebellious Youth: 7,810thMost Influential: 7,914thMost Inclusive: 8,652ndHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 8,859thHighest Average Tax Rates: 9,410thTop
Most Advanced Public Education: 10,508thLowest Crime Rates: 12,100thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 12,208thMost Secular: 12,507thLongest Average Lifespans: 13,946thLargest Governments: 14,358thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 15,035thHighest Poor Incomes: 15,074thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 15,355thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 16,162ndHealthiest Citizens: 16,884thMost Income Equality: 18,332ndSmartest Citizens: 19,537thMost Subsidized Industry: 19,921st
Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 4th in the regionNudest: 5th in the regionMost Pacifist: 6th in the regionTop
Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 7th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 7th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 8th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 9th in the regionSafest: 11th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 12th in the region

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