by Max Barry

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Most Income Equality: 3,136th
The Republic of
Corrupt Dictatorship
Might Makes Right
Hoggynesian Central Bank Administrator
Civil Rights
Very Good
Basket Case
Political Freedom

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Population249 million

CurrencyHoggynesian Luna

The Republic of Basslands is a huge, orderly nation, remarkable for its compulsory military service, state-planned economy, and irreverence towards religion. The cynical population of 249 million Basslandsians 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 large, socially-minded, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Education, Law & Order, and Welfare. The average income tax rate is 46.6%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The sizeable but stagnant Basslandsian economy, worth 2.06 trillion Hoggynesian Lunas a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is a slick, highly efficient, fairly diversified black market in Beef-Based Agriculture, Furniture Restoration, Trout Farming, and Book Publishing. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is 8,254 Hoggynesian Lunas, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The government is a clear-cut case of tyranny by majority, elections have been outlawed, TV shows must meet strict ethnicity quotas, and extreme political groups are outlawed. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Basslands's national animal is the Fox.

Basslands is ranked 42,204th in the world and 2nd in Hoggynesian Union for Most Inclusive, scoring 114.36 on the Mandela-Wollstonecraft Non-Discrimination Index.

Most Income Equality: 3,136th

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