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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 4,458thLargest Welfare Programs: 6,762ndMost Compassionate Citizens: 13,816th
The Ministry of
Left-wing Utopia
Ipsa scientia potestas est.
Minister of Information
Civil Rights
World Benchmark
Very Strong
Political Freedom
World Benchmark

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Information of the Communist Bloc

Population3.202 billion

Capitalthe Capital District
LeaderMinister of Information


The Ministry of Information of the Communist Bloc is a massive, genial nation, ruled by Minister of Information with a fair hand, and renowned for its museums and concert halls, daily referendums, and soft-spoken computers. The compassionate, democratic population of 3.202 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 227 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 22,713th in the world and 53rd in The Communist Bloc for Largest Black Market, with 16.0 trillion Standard Monetary Units.

Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 4,458thLargest Welfare Programs: 6,762ndTop
Most Compassionate Citizens: 13,816thNicest Citizens: 13,932ndMost Advanced Public Transport: 15,391stMost Inclusive: 16,138thMost Advanced Public Education: 17,741stMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 19,592ndMost Beautiful Environments: 21,540thMost Extensive Civil Rights: 22,148thMost Politically Free: 22,311thLargest Black Market: 22,713th
Largest Cheese Export Sector: 51st in the regionLargest Black Market: 53rd in the regionMost Politically Free: 72nd in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 80th in the region

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