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Most Income Equality: 27thLargest Populations: 6,347thHighest Average Tax Rates: 13,077th
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BLACKMASK

Population21.868 billion

CurrencyGroat
AnimalGroke

The Federation of BLACKMASK is a gargantuan, environmentally stunning nation, remarkable for its state-planned economy, devotion to social welfare, and stringent health and safety legislation. The compassionate population of 21.868 billion Zapatistas are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

It is difficult to tell where the omnipresent, socially-minded government stops and the rest of society begins, but it juggles the competing demands of Welfare, Education, and Environment. The average income tax rate is 82.8%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The sizeable but stagnant Zapatista economy, worth 85.8 trillion Groats a year, is driven almost entirely by government activity, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector is solely comprised of the Gambling industry. Average income is 3,921 Groats, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

There has been a series of riots between local cannibals and health food advocates, criminals rejoice in the streets as the entire police force is sent away on a training retreat, students cut up leftover Groats during Arts and Crafts, and the government funds large training centres to turn Grokes into functioning members of society. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. BLACKMASK's national animal is the Groke, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

BLACKMASK is ranked 202,874th in the world and 3rd in Animal Liberation Front for Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector, scoring -10 on the Charon Conveyancy Index.

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Highest Average Tax Rates: 13,077thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 18,353rd

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