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The Republic of Pangurstan 45

“We Will Endure”

Category: Left-wing Utopia
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Regional Influence: Hatchling

Location: the South Pacific


Pangurstan 45

Population908 million


The Republic of Pangurstan 45 is a huge, socially progressive nation, renowned for its state-planned economy and stringent health and safety legislation. The compassionate, democratic population of 908 million Pangurstan 45ians 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, although Education, Healthcare, and International Aid are also considered important, while Industry is ignored. The average income tax rate is 24.8%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The sizeable but sluggish Pangurstan 45ian economy, worth 27.6 trillion deniers 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, broadly diversified black market in Furniture Restoration, Automobile Manufacturing, Trout Farming, and Information Technology. 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 30,447 deniers, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Crime is totally unknown. Pangurstan 45's national animal is the dove, which can occasionally be seen dodging aircraft in the nation's cities.

Pangurstan 45 is ranked 113,341st in the world and 4,301st in the South Pacific for Lowest Overall Tax Burden, scoring 68.53 on the Hayek Index.

Most Politically Free: 8,122ndTop
Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 17,507th
Most Politically Free: 41st in the regionTop
Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 636th in the regionMost Extreme: 741st in the region

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