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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 4,342ndLargest Welfare Programs: 6,790thMost Compassionate Citizens: 13,898th
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

Population3.855 billion

Capitalthe Capital District
LeaderMinister of Information
FaithEgoism

Currencyword
Animalarticle

The Ministry of Information of the Communist Bloc is a massive, cultured nation, ruled by Minister of Information with a fair hand, and notable for its compulsory vegetarianism, complete lack of prisons, and punitive income tax rates. The compassionate, democratic population of 3.855 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 274 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 71,128 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 212,386th in the world and 804th in The Communist Bloc for Most Conservative, scoring 18.69 on the Bush-Santorum Dawning Terror Index.

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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 4,342ndLargest Welfare Programs: 6,790thTop
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Most Compassionate Citizens: 13,898thNicest Citizens: 13,983rdMost Advanced Public Transport: 14,769thMost Inclusive: 16,215thMost Advanced Public Education: 17,496thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 19,532ndMost Politically Free: 21,615thMost Beautiful Environments: 21,733rdLargest Black Market: 21,753rdMost Extensive Civil Rights: 21,939th
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Largest Black Market: 47th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 54th in the regionMost Politically Free: 57th in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 71st in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 86th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 87th in the region

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