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The Greater Socialist Union of Talao

“Capitalists, woeful devils that lie among us!” Jacob Di Georgio

Category: New York Times Democracy
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Regional Influence: Apprentice

Location: The Leftist Assembly



Population7.755 billion

CapitalNew Union
LeaderJacob Di Georgio

CurrencyAssembly Note
AnimalTal Peninsula Puma

The Greater Socialist Union of Talao is a colossal, efficient nation, ruled by Jacob Di Georgio with a fair hand, and notable for its free-roaming dinosaurs, irreverence towards religion, and devotion to social welfare. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 7.755 billion Talaoans enjoy a sensible mix of personal and economic freedoms, while the political process is open and the people's right to vote held sacrosanct.

The enormous government prioritizes Education, although Environment, Administration, and Healthcare are also considered important. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of New Union. The average income tax rate is 95.4%.

The frighteningly efficient Talaoan economy, worth 953 trillion Assembly Notes 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 Tourism and Book Publishing. Average income is an impressive 122,976 Assembly Notes, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Shady doctors seem to have impeccable records, welfare funding has recently gone through the roof, you need two tenors and a coloratura contralto to sing the national anthem properly, and standard-issue infantry rifles now have carnations instead of bayonets. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Talao's national animal is the Tal Peninsula Puma, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Talao is ranked 19,455th in the world and 51st in The Leftist Assembly for Highest Economic Output, with 953 trillion Standard Monetary Units.

Most Influential: 3,085thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 3,972ndMost Cheerful Citizens: 4,071stMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 4,082ndMost World Assembly Endorsements: 4,096thLargest Welfare Programs: 4,173rdBest Weather: 4,589thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 4,641stSafest: 4,688thNicest Citizens: 4,719thHighest Average Tax Rates: 4,803rdMost Advanced Public Education: 5,033rdMost Compassionate Citizens: 5,045thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 5,315thMost Beautiful Environments: 5,558thMost Pacifist: 6,172ndMost Inclusive: 6,427thLongest Average Lifespans: 6,582ndMost Cultured: 6,983rdLowest Crime Rates: 7,015thMost Developed: 7,412thLargest Governments: 7,985thHealthiest Citizens: 8,084thMost Scientifically Advanced: 10,020thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 10,044thSmartest Citizens: 10,768thLargest Information Technology Sector: 10,855thHighest Poor Incomes: 11,589thMost Advanced Public Transport: 11,739thTop
Most Subsidized Industry: 13,309thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 15,649thMost Stationary: 15,904thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 16,328thMost Efficient Economies: 17,522ndHighest Economic Output: 19,455thMost Secular: 20,204thHighest Average Incomes: 22,263rd
Most Stationary: 12th in the regionTop
Most Advanced Defense Forces: 28th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 38th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 39th in the regionBest Weather: 45th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 46th in the regionLargest Populations: 46th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 47th in the region

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