by Max Barry

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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 3,184th Largest Welfare Programs: 4,664th Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 5,149th
The Free Communes of
Left-wing Utopia
Freedom Through Solidarity
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

Overview Policies People Government Economy Rank Trend Cards


Population688 million


CurrencyLabor Credit
AnimalLeopard Appaloosa Horse

The Free Communes of Appaloosa is a huge, socially progressive nation, notable for its smutty television, pith helmet sales, and absence of drug laws. The compassionate, democratic population of 688 million Appaloosans 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, liberal, socially-minded, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Education, Industry, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Hayagriva. The average income tax rate is 85.8%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Appaloosan economy, worth 73.5 trillion Labor Credits a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is quite specialized, is dominated by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing, Retail, and Tourism. Average income is an impressive 106,774 Labor Credits, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The national security service are a bunch of crooks, the army's use of chemical weapons leaves a bad taste in the mouth, conductors wield diamond-encrusted batons to fit in with their freshly gilded surroundings, and nude art is becoming wildly popular. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Appaloosa's national animal is the Leopard Appaloosa Horse, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Appaloosa is ranked 9,272nd in the world and 82nd in Democratic Socialist Assembly for Most Cheerful Citizens, with 55.21 Percentage Of Water Glasses Perceived Half-Full.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 3,184thLargest Welfare Programs: 4,664thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 5,149thMost Influential: 5,254thHighest Drug Use: 5,609thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 5,686thMost Politically Free: 5,882ndMost Inclusive: 6,041stMost Subsidized Industry: 7,074thNicest Citizens: 8,115thMost Compassionate Citizens: 8,324thTop
Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 8,911thMost Cheerful Citizens: 9,272ndMost Advanced Public Transport: 9,939thHighest Average Tax Rates: 10,060thMost Rebellious Youth: 10,998thMost Advanced Public Education: 11,165thMost Developed: 11,243rdHighest Poor Incomes: 12,915thMost Pacifist: 13,207thLongest Average Lifespans: 13,411thLargest Publishing Industry: 13,545thLargest Information Technology Sector: 13,574thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 13,606thSafest: 13,716thMost Cultured: 14,176thLargest Governments: 14,805thMost Beautiful Environments: 14,966thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 15,189thMost Scientifically Advanced: 15,668thBest Weather: 16,298thSmartest Citizens: 16,303rdMost Secular: 16,403rdLargest Retail Industry: 16,517th
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 9th in the regionMost Politically Free: 12th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 15th in the regionTop
Highest Drug Use: 19th in the region

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