by Max Barry

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Most Income Equality: 3,738th Most Extreme: 16,841st
The Commonwealth of
Iron Fist Socialists
En kvld lkur vetri srhvers vinnandi manns . . .
Civil Rights
Basket Case
Political Freedom
Unheard Of

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Gaeslan 494

Population3.379 billion


The Commonwealth of Gaeslan 494 is a massive, environmentally stunning nation, remarkable for its state-planned economy, punitive income tax rates, and stringent health and safety legislation. The cynical population of 3.379 billion Gaeslan 494ians are ruled with an iron fist by the socialist government, which grants its people the freedom to do whatever they like so long as it doesn't involve getting richer than anybody else or challenging the government.

The enormous, socially-minded, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Welfare, Law & Order, and Education. The average income tax rate is 63.1%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The sizeable but stagnant Gaeslan 494ian economy, worth 33.5 trillion kronor 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, quite specialized black market in Basket Weaving, Book Publishing, Arms Manufacturing, and Tourism. 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 9,915 kronor, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Gaeslan 494's national animal is the gyrfalcon, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

Gaeslan 494 is ranked 130,942nd in the world and 2nd in Federation of Anarchist Communes for Most Inclusive, scoring 96.68 on the Mandela-Wollstonecraft Non-Discrimination Index.

Most Income Equality: 3,738thTop
Most Extreme: 16,841st

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