by Max Barry

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Most Primitive: 895th Highest Crime Rates: 3,571st Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 4,802nd
The Matriarchy of
Mother Knows Best State
Come dance with us.
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The Matriarchy of Gypsy Lands is a huge, cultured nation, remarkable for its deadly medical pandemics, public floggings, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, devout population of 650 million Gypsies are ruled by a mostly-benevolent dictator, who grants the populace the freedom to live their own lives but watches carefully for anyone to slip up.

The minute, corrupt, well-organized government, or what there is of one, prioritizes Spirituality, with Defense and Education also on the agenda, while Welfare and Social Policy are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Tambourine. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 4.4%.

The sizeable but inefficient Gypsy economy, worth 42.7 trillion silver coins a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Retail industry, with major contributions from Gambling, Tourism, and Basket Weaving. Average income is 65,713 silver coins, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 240,230 per year while the poor average 12,750, a ratio of 18.8 to 1.

Burning members of the Order of Violet is the nation's favorite pastime, future forecasters fearfully discuss grey goo and human obsolescence, the nation has nearly as many history museums as Gypsies, and landless farmers wander forlornly in the government's many national parks. Crime, especially youth-related, is pervasive, with the police force struggling against a lack of funding and a high mortality rate. Gypsy Lands's national animal is the Werewolf, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Gypsy Lands is ranked 162,188th in the world and 3rd in Gypsy Lands for Most Advanced Public Transport, scoring -6.32 on the Societal Mobility Rating.

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Most Primitive: 895thTop
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Highest Crime Rates: 3,571stLowest Overall Tax Burden: 4,802ndMost Armed: 6,108thFattest Citizens: 7,287thMost Devout: 7,477thMost Ignorant Citizens: 7,574thTop
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Largest Retail Industry: 9,915thLargest Gambling Industry: 11,314thMost Cheerful Citizens: 11,490thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 11,492ndLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 11,920thMost Rebellious Youth: 14,729thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 16,258thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 16,370thHighest Drug Use: 16,653rd

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