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The Republic of Pangurstan 43

“Might Makes Right”

Category: Left-wing Utopia
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Regional Influence: Hatchling

Location: the South Pacific


Pangurstan 43

Population940 million


The Republic of Pangurstan 43 is a huge, safe nation, renowned for its state-planned economy and stringent health and safety legislation. The compassionate, democratic population of 940 million Pangurstan 43ians 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 medium-sized, liberal, socially-minded, outspoken government prioritizes Welfare, with Education, Healthcare, and International Aid also on the agenda, while Industry isn't funded at all. The average income tax rate is 32.3%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The sizeable but sluggish Pangurstan 43ian economy, worth 24.8 trillion dollars 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 Basket Weaving, Soda Sales, Retail, and Beef-Based Agriculture. 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 26,348 dollars, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Crime is totally unknown. Pangurstan 43's national animal is the leopard, which can occasionally be seen sifting through garbage in the nation's cities.

Pangurstan 43 is ranked 210,062nd in the world and 7,775th in the South Pacific for Largest Gambling Industry, scoring -10.13 on the Kelly Criterion Productivity Index.

Most Politically Free: 8,188thMost Primitive: 10,398thTop
Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 18,180th
Most Politically Free: 38th in the regionTop
Most Primitive: 488th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 670th in the regionMost Extreme: 741st in the region

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