by Max Barry

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Most Income Equality: 8,724thMost Primitive: 18,451stMost Politically Free: 24,679th
The Lacustrine People's Communes of
Left-wing Utopia
Per aspera cum equalitas ad astra!
Diplomacy Officer
Civil Rights
Basket Case
Political Freedom
Widely Abused

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Population3.039 billion

CapitalIsle Royale
Leaderthe Soviet of Communal Representatives


The Lacustrine People's Communes of Gaviastan is a massive, safe nation, ruled by the Soviet of Communal Representatives with a fair hand, and renowned for its state-planned economy, irreverence towards religion, and devotion to social welfare. The democratic population of 3.039 billion Gaviastanians 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 large, liberal, socially-minded, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Welfare, Education, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Isle Royale. The average income tax rate is 48.8%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The sizeable but stagnant Gaviastanian economy, worth 51.1 trillion feathers 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 Trout Farming, Book Publishing, Tourism, and Pizza Delivery. 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 16,819 feathers, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The art of conversation has been rediscovered, there's an aura of pseudoscience around academia, the navy plans patrols according to how many pubs nearby ports have, and the nation's only university is the School of Hard Knocks. Crime is totally unknown. Gaviastan's national animal is the loon, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies, and its national religion is Gaviism.

Gaviastan is ranked 244,675th in the world and 4th in Great Lakes Alliance for Most Patriotic, with 2.98 flags saluted per person per day.

Most Income Equality: 8,724thTop
Most Primitive: 18,451stMost Politically Free: 24,679thMost Extreme: 26,368thMost Extensive Civil Rights: 27,401stHighest Drug Use: 27,747th
Most Extreme: 1st in the regionHighest Drug Use: 1st in the regionMost Primitive: 1st in the region

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