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The People's Republic of Shanghai Commune

“To reach the maturity of the Humankind!”

Category: Left-wing Utopia
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Regional Influence: Apprentice

Location: The Leftist Assembly


Shanghai Commune

Population3.63 billion

Faithrevolutionary spirituality


The People's Republic of Shanghai Commune is a massive, efficient nation, ruled by Owler with a fair hand, and renowned for its daily referendums, free-roaming dinosaurs, and punitive income tax rates. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 3.63 billion Communards 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 enormous, socially-minded, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Education, Welfare, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Paris. The average income tax rate is 99.8%.

The frighteningly efficient Communean economy, worth 714 trillion work-units a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is highly specialized, is mostly made up of the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing. Average income is an impressive 196,696 work-units, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Construction of the Really Big Hadron Collider is underway, the police crack down on tax evaders without mercy, workers for the environmental protection agency are patted down for tartar sauce every morning, and children are terrified that the 'flying police monster' will come to take them away in the night. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Shanghai Commune's national animal is the ox, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is revolutionary spirituality.

Shanghai Commune is ranked 728th in the world and 9th in The Leftist Assembly for Most Developed, scoring 98.59 on the Human Development Index.

Least Corrupt Governments: 244thLargest Welfare Programs: 350thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 368thSafest: 448thMost Compassionate Citizens: 594thNicest Citizens: 635thMost Inclusive: 692ndMost Developed: 728thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 806thLongest Average Lifespans: 836thBest Weather: 925thHighest Average Tax Rates: 1,006thHealthiest Citizens: 1,013thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 1,148thMost Advanced Public Education: 1,171stMost Secular: 1,197thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1,233rdMost Cheerful Citizens: 1,311thLowest Crime Rates: 1,350thLargest Governments: 1,448thMost Valuable International Artwork: 1,466thMost Beautiful Environments: 1,548thSmartest Citizens: 1,877thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1,935thHighest Poor Incomes: 2,218thTop
Largest Information Technology Sector: 2,675thMost Subsidized Industry: 2,778thMost Influential: 2,788thMost Efficient Economies: 2,843rdMost Scientifically Advanced: 3,765thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3,896thMost Cultured: 4,219thMost Pacifist: 5,235thMost Advanced Public Transport: 5,497thLargest Publishing Industry: 6,918thHighest Average Incomes: 7,012thMost Income Equality: 10,185thMost Armed: 12,031stTop
Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 14,429th
Least Corrupt Governments: 4th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 5th in the regionSafest: 5th in the regionTop
Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 6th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 6th in the regionBest Weather: 8th in the regionMost Developed: 9th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 9th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 9th in the regionNicest Citizens: 9th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 10th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 11th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 11th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 11th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 12th in the regionMost Inclusive: 12th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 12th in the regionMost Secular: 12th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 13th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 14th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 14th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 14th in the regionLargest Governments: 14th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 15th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 16th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 17th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 19th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 20th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 22nd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 22nd in the regionMost Armed: 22nd in the regionTop
Most Cultured: 31st in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 35th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 37th in the regionMost Stationary: 40th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 41st in the regionMost Influential: 44th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 48th in the region

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