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The Empire of Paulis

“Don't tread on us!”

Category: Democratic Socialists
Civil Rights:
Very Good
Economy:
Basket Case
Political Freedoms:
Good

Regional Influence: Truckler

Location: ITALIA

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Paulis

Population16.274 billion

CurrencyStrip
Animalsalmon

The Empire of Paulis is a gargantuan, safe nation, notable for its punitive income tax rates, devotion to social welfare, and stringent health and safety legislation. The compassionate population of 16.274 billion Paulisians are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The enormous, socially-minded government juggles the competing demands of Welfare, Education, and Healthcare. The average income tax rate is 68.5%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The large but stagnant Paulisian economy, worth 203 trillion Strips 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 Information Technology, Soda Sales, Book Publishing, and Woodchip 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 12,525 Strips, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

High-income earners pay a 100% tax rate, the latest Harry Potter book is a bestseller, the government awards prizes to television shows featuring stereotype-breaking minority roles, and gambling is outlawed. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Paulis's national animal is the salmon, which frolics freely in the nation's sparkling oceans.

Paulis is ranked 81,719th in the world and 20th in ITALIA for Least Corrupt Governments, with 93.32 Percentage Of Bribes Refused.

Top
5%
Most Income Equality: 2,409thMost Stationary: 2,522ndMost Influential: 9,148thTop
10%
Largest Populations: 10,597th
Top
5%
Most Income Equality: 1st in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Paulis was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Stationary.
  • : Paulis was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Black Market.
  • : Paulis was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Populations.
  • : Paulis was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Survivors.
  • : Paulis was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Influential.
  • : Paulis's influence in ITALIA rose from "Vassal" to "Truckler".
  • : Paulis was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Influential.
  • : Paulis was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Zombified, Most Dead, and Most Zombies.
  • : Paulis was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Survivors.
  • : Paulis's influence in ITALIA rose from "Apprentice" to "Vassal".

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