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The Pandemic Suppression Efforts of The Saar Commune

“In the face of crisis, we may not ignore those in need.” Oskar Lafontaine

Category: Corrupt Dictatorship
Civil Rights:
Some
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Unheard Of

Regional Influence: Vassal

Location: Deutschland

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The Saar Commune

Population2.492 billion

CapitalSaarbrücken
LeaderOskar Lafontaine
FaithState Atheism

CurrencySaar Mark
AnimalSwine

The Pandemic Suppression Efforts of The Saar Commune is a massive, safe nation, ruled by Oskar Lafontaine with an iron fist, and notable for its closed borders, museums and concert halls, and devotion to social welfare. The hard-nosed, cynical population of 2.492 billion Sarrois are ruled with an iron fist by the dictatorship government, which ensures that no-one outside the party gets too rich. In their personal lives, however, citizens are relatively unoppressed; it remains to be seen whether this is because the government genuinely cares about its people, or if it hasn't gotten around to stamping out civil rights yet.

The enormous, corrupt, socially-minded, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Administration, Law & Order, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Saarbrücken. The average income tax rate is 92.9%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Sarrois economy, worth 313 trillion Saar Marks a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector is led by the Book Publishing industry, with major contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Beef-Based Agriculture, and Uranium Mining. Average income is an impressive 125,742 Saar Marks, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Suppression of pro-democracy protests is a daily occurrence, Red Cross demand for body bags is rising while sutures go unused, Sarrois Standard Vodka is the only drink that bars stock, and abortions are routinely performed in the nation's hospitals. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. The Saar Commune's national animal is the Swine, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is State Atheism.

The Saar Commune is ranked 178,424th in the world and 39th in Deutschland for Largest Basket Weaving Sector, scoring -5.67 on the Hickory Productivity Index.

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5%
Largest Agricultural Sector: 4,007thLowest Crime Rates: 4,764thLargest Welfare Programs: 5,055thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 5,158thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 5,162ndMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 5,570thHighest Average Tax Rates: 5,983rdMost Valuable International Artwork: 6,923rdMost Corrupt Governments: 7,141stHighest Poor Incomes: 7,338thLongest Average Lifespans: 7,726thMost Developed: 8,492ndLargest Governments: 8,544thMost Secular: 8,647thMost Cheerful Citizens: 10,033rdMost Advanced Defense Forces: 10,399thTop
10%
Healthiest Citizens: 10,657thMost Subsidized Industry: 10,688thMost Advanced Public Transport: 12,802ndMost Advanced Public Education: 13,161stLargest Publishing Industry: 13,254thMost Cultured: 14,666thSmartest Citizens: 15,460thMost Income Equality: 16,086thLargest Mining Sector: 18,082ndMost Efficient Economies: 19,195thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 19,591stMost Inclusive: 20,140thHighest Average Incomes: 20,234thMost Authoritarian: 20,356th
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5%
Highest Poor Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 1st in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1st in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 2nd in the regionLargest Governments: 2nd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 2nd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 2nd in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 2nd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 2nd in the regionTop
10%
Longest Average Lifespans: 3rd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 3rd in the regionMost Secular: 3rd in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 3rd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 3rd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 3rd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 3rd in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 4th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 4th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : The Saar Commune's influence in Deutschland rose from "Apprentice" to "Vassal".
  • : The Saar Commune was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Authoritarian.
  • : The Saar Commune lodged a message on the Deutschland Regional Message Board.
  • : Following new legislation in The Saar Commune, abortions are routinely performed in the nation's hospitals.
  • : Following new legislation in The Saar Commune, Sarrois Standard Vodka is the only drink that bars stock.
  • : The Saar Commune was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Publishing Industry.
  • : Following new legislation in The Saar Commune, Red Cross demand for body bags is rising while sutures go unused.
  • : Following new legislation in The Saar Commune, suppression of pro-democracy protests is a daily occurrence.
  • : Following new legislation in The Saar Commune, money can't buy happiness but it can buy immunity to prosecution.
  • : Following new legislation in The Saar Commune, the government extracts trade concessions from poor nations in exchange for humanitarian aid.

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