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The Republic of Pangurstan 49

“You Can't Stop Progress”

Category: Left-wing Utopia
Civil Rights:
Superb
Economy:
Weak
Political Freedoms:
Corrupted

Regional Influence: Hatchling

Location: the South Pacific

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Pangurstan 49

Population950 million

Currencyguilder
Animalcrocodile

The Republic of Pangurstan 49 is a huge, genial nation, remarkable for its state-planned economy and stringent health and safety legislation. The compassionate, democratic population of 950 million Pangurstan 49ians 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 receives no funds. The average income tax rate is 32.6%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The sizeable but sluggish Pangurstan 49ian economy, worth 24.9 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 Soda Sales, Information Technology, Book Publishing, and Retail. 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 26,218 guilders, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Crime is totally unknown. Pangurstan 49's national animal is the crocodile.

Pangurstan 49 is ranked 85,141st in the world and 3,116th in the South Pacific for Largest Gambling Industry, scoring 1,558.74 on the Kelly Criterion Productivity Index.

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Most Politically Free: 8,194thTop
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Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 18,185th
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Most Politically Free: 42nd in the regionTop
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Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 671st in the regionMost Extreme: 745th in the region

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