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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 4,486thLargest Welfare Programs: 6,824thMost Advanced Public Transport: 14,357th
The Ministry of
Left-wing Utopia
Ipsa scientia potestas est.
Minister of Information
Influence
Minnow
Civil Rights
World Benchmark
Economy
Very Strong
Political Freedom
World Benchmark

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Information of the Communist Bloc

Population5.864 billion

Capitalthe Capital District
LeaderMinister of Information
FaithEgoism

Currencyword
Animalarticle

The Ministry of Information of the Communist Bloc is a colossal, genial nation, ruled by Minister of Information with a fair hand, and notable for its museums and concert halls, smutty television, and irreverence towards religion. The compassionate, democratic population of 5.864 billion Comrades 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 enormous, liberal, socially-minded, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Education, Welfare, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of the Capital District. The average income tax rate is 72.9%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The very strong Information of the Communist Blocian economy, worth 417 trillion words 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 Tourism, Information Technology, Cheese Exports, and Book Publishing. 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 71,145 words, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Torture is illegal, sending sick politicians "Get Well Soon" cards is considered bribery, no one believes anything until it has been strenuously tested and peer-reviewed, and Minister of Information's told that love often manifests itself through homicidal four-lettered litanies. Crime, especially youth-related, is almost non-existent. Information of the Communist Bloc's national animal is the article, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Egoism.

Information of the Communist Bloc is ranked 20,701st in the world and 368th in The Communist Bloc for Most Beautiful Environments, with 984.59 pounds of wildlife per square mile.

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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 4,486thLargest Welfare Programs: 6,824thTop
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Most Advanced Public Transport: 14,357thMost Compassionate Citizens: 14,469thNicest Citizens: 14,641stMost Inclusive: 17,043rdMost Advanced Public Education: 17,523rdMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 18,694thLargest Black Market: 20,626thMost Beautiful Environments: 20,701stHighest Average Tax Rates: 25,915th
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Largest Black Market: 62nd in the regionMost Politically Free: 82nd in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 84th in the regionTop
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Largest Cheese Export Sector: 127th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 148th in the regionLargest Populations: 170th in the region

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