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The Democratic Republic of Tastant

“W for War,V for Victory in War.” Sir Gaurav

Category: Democratic Socialists
Civil Rights:
Very Good
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Below Average

Regional Influence: Power

Location: Paradise Falls

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Tastant

Population6.463 billion

CapitalTastant Margosa
LeaderSir Gaurav

CurrencyTastantinian Nan
AnimalOrangutan

The Democratic Republic of Tastant is a colossal, efficient nation, ruled by Sir Gaurav with an even hand, and remarkable for its national health service, devotion to social welfare, and stringent health and safety legislation. The compassionate, humorless, devout population of 6.463 billion Tastantnians are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The enormous, corrupt, socially-minded government juggles the competing demands of Administration, Law & Order, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Tastant Margosa. The average income tax rate is 92.0%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Tastantian economy, worth 793 trillion Tastantinian Nans a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is fairly diversified, is dominated by the Tourism industry, with significant contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, and Furniture Restoration. Average income is an impressive 122,849 Tastantinian Nans, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The government is denying reports that criminals injected with experimental drugs have turned into monstrous supervillains, the dish 'poisson avec poison' is only available on the black market, badminton was recently banned due to 'unacceptable violence' inherent to the game, and every day has been a surprise since weather reporters turned to consulting ancient totems for their seven-day forecasts. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Tastant's national animal is the Orangutan, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Tastant is ranked 28,013th in the world and 2nd in Paradise Falls for Largest Furniture Restoration Industry, scoring 4,298.69 on the Spitz-Pollish Productivity Index.

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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 4,207thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 4,271stMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 6,220thHighest Average Tax Rates: 6,352ndMost Subsidized Industry: 6,603rdMost Advanced Public Transport: 6,716thTop
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Most Compassionate Citizens: 8,790thLargest Governments: 8,793rdSafest: 8,863rdMost Inclusive: 8,976thMost Devout: 9,199thHighest Poor Incomes: 9,766thLowest Crime Rates: 9,904thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 10,106thMost Pacifist: 11,163rdMost Developed: 11,331stNicest Citizens: 11,802ndLongest Average Lifespans: 13,262ndMost Efficient Economies: 13,299thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 13,424thMost Advanced Public Education: 13,585thHealthiest Citizens: 13,992nd
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Most Influential: 1st in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionLargest Populations: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 1st in the regionLargest Governments: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 1st in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1st in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1st in the regionMost Developed: 1st in the regionMost Inclusive: 1st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 1st in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 1st in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 1st in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 1st in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 1st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 1st in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 1st in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1st in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1st in the regionNicest Citizens: 1st in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Tastant, every day has been a surprise since weather reporters turned to consulting ancient totems for their seven-day forecasts.
  • : Following new legislation in Tastant, badminton was recently banned due to 'unacceptable violence' inherent to the game.
  • : Following new legislation in Tastant, the dish 'poisson avec poison' is only available on the black market.
  • : Following new legislation in Tastant, the government is denying reports that criminals injected with experimental drugs have turned into monstrous supervillains.
  • : Tastant was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Highest Poor Incomes.
  • : Following new legislation in Tastant, destitute athletes are forced to train in the street.
  • : Following new legislation in Tastant, satellite images show safe electoral constituencies in complete darkness.
  • : Following new legislation in Tastant, high-income earners pay a 100% tax rate.
  • : Following new legislation in Tastant, extraordinary tribunals try accused financial criminals.
  • : Following new legislation in Tastant, agriculture is heavily subsidized by the government.

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