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The Republic of Pangurstan 41

“Peace and Justice”

Category: Left-wing Utopia
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Regional Influence: Hatchling

Location: the South Pacific


Pangurstan 41

Population908 million


The Republic of Pangurstan 41 is a huge, safe nation, renowned for its state-planned economy and stringent health and safety legislation. The compassionate, democratic population of 908 million Pangurstan 41ians 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 large, liberal, socially-minded, outspoken government prioritizes Welfare, although Education, Healthcare, and International Aid are also considered important, while Industry isn't funded at all. The average income tax rate is 38.7%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The sizeable but sluggish Pangurstan 41ian economy, worth 21.4 trillion guilders 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 black market in Uranium Mining, Retail, Basket Weaving, and Cheese Exports. 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 23,563 guilders, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Pangurstan 41's national animal is the dolphin.

Pangurstan 41 is ranked 130,085th in the world and 4,996th in the South Pacific for Lowest Overall Tax Burden, scoring 56.08 on the Hayek Index.

Most Politically Free: 8,118thTop
Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 18,146th
Most Politically Free: 38th in the regionTop
Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 695th in the regionMost Extreme: 735th in the region

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