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The United Peoples of
Left-wing Utopia
Where there is peace we prosper
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Gamelan

Population2.856 billion

LeaderIprina Vialaras

CurrencyEmas
AnimalTrash Panda

The United Peoples of Gamelan is a massive, safe nation, ruled by Iprina Vialaras with a fair hand, and notable for its daily referendums, compulsory vegetarianism, and stringent health and safety legislation. The compassionate, democratic population of 2.856 billion Gamelanians 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 government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked, socially-minded, outspoken morass — juggles the competing demands of Education, Healthcare, and Administration. The average income tax rate is 87.5%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The large but inefficient Gamelanian economy, worth 139 trillion Emas a year, is extremely specialized and mostly made up of the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Basket Weaving. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is 48,745 Emas, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Commercial jingles have been ham-handedly forced into world renowned symphonies, foreign policy is to avoid standing up to bullies, pocket calculators are seen as status symbols for the ostentatiously wealthy, and workers of "fairweather faith" claim six months of paid leave for holy days per year. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Gamelan's national animal is the Trash Panda, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Gamelan is ranked 207,167th in the world and 280th in Refugia for Largest Soda Pop Sector, scoring -5.2 on the Addison-Fukk Productivity Rating.

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Least Corrupt Governments: 3,769thMost Influential: 4,019thMost Pacifist: 4,242ndMost World Assembly Endorsements: 4,425thMost Valuable International Artwork: 4,624thBest Weather: 5,655thMost Compassionate Citizens: 6,237thSafest: 6,359thNicest Citizens: 6,454thMost Inclusive: 7,109thMost Beautiful Environments: 8,872ndLargest Welfare Programs: 9,303rdMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 10,534thHighest Average Tax Rates: 10,989thHighest Food Quality: 11,115thMost Cheerful Citizens: 11,353rdMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 11,877thHealthiest Citizens: 13,009thTop
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Most Rebellious Youth: 13,636thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 13,995thLongest Average Lifespans: 14,998thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 16,525thMost Advanced Public Education: 18,402ndMost Secular: 19,572ndSmartest Citizens: 22,701stLargest Governments: 22,938thMost Cultured: 22,983rdLowest Crime Rates: 25,110thMost Politically Free: 27,066th
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Most Politically Free: 13th in the regionTop
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Most Stationary: 21st in the regionMost Influential: 21st in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 25th in the regionMost Pacifist: 29th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 29th in the regionNudest: 31st in the regionBest Weather: 33rd in the regionSafest: 34th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 36th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 37th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 39th in the regionNicest Citizens: 39th in the regionMost Inclusive: 39th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 39th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Gamelan was endorsed by The Commonwealth of Kaltea.
  • : Gamelan was endorsed by The Republic of Pom Lunce.
  • : Following new legislation in Gamelan, workers of "fairweather faith" claim six months of paid leave for holy days per year.
  • : Following new legislation in Gamelan, pocket calculators are seen as status symbols for the ostentatiously wealthy.
  • : Following new legislation in Gamelan, foreign policy is to avoid standing up to bullies.
  • : Following new legislation in Gamelan, commercial jingles have been ham-handedly forced into world renowned symphonies.
  • : Following new legislation in Gamelan, every product goes through extensive safety-testing by the government.
  • : Gamelan was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Healthiest Citizens.
  • : Gamelan was endorsed by The Matriarchy of Michis.
  • : Gamelan's influence in Refugia fell from "Truckler" to "Vassal".

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