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The Republic of Pangurstan 47

“Strength Through Compliance”

Category: Left-wing Utopia
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Regional Influence: Hatchling

Location: the South Pacific


Pangurstan 47

Population954 million


The Republic of Pangurstan 47 is a huge, safe nation, renowned for its state-planned economy and stringent health and safety legislation. The compassionate, democratic population of 954 million Pangurstan 47ians 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 27.9%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The sizeable but sluggish Pangurstan 47ian economy, worth 27.3 trillion francs 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, fairly diversified black market in Basket Weaving, Uranium Mining, Pizza Delivery, and Book Publishing. 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 28,639 francs, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Crime is totally unknown. Pangurstan 47's national animal is the elephant, which can occasionally be seen sifting through garbage in the nation's cities.

Pangurstan 47 is ranked 104,187th in the world and 3,856th in the South Pacific for Largest Gambling Industry, scoring 790.65 on the Kelly Criterion Productivity Index.

Most Politically Free: 8,192ndTop
Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 17,998thMost Primitive: 20,718th
Most Politically Free: 41st in the regionTop
Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 651st in the regionMost Extreme: 744th in the region

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