by Max Barry

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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 5,988thLeast Corrupt Governments: 9,610thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 13,869th
The People's Republic of
Left-wing Utopia
A land is free when all may prosper.
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Population157 million


The People's Republic of Iove is a very large, socially progressive nation, renowned for its ban on automobiles, devotion to social welfare, and stringent health and safety legislation. The compassionate, democratic population of 157 million Ioveans 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, socially-minded, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Education, Welfare, and Healthcare. The average income tax rate is 70.3%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The sizeable but sluggish Iovean economy, worth 4.10 trillion oits a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is quite specialized, is led by the Book Publishing industry, with major contributions from Tourism, Cheese Exports, and Furniture Restoration. Average income is 26,120 oits, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Anti-government web sites are springing up, extraordinary tribunals try accused financial criminals, bizarre-looking creatures called 'wolfdogs' dominate wildlife preserves, and small children are learning a lot of new words from a teacher with Tourette Syndrome. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Iove's national animal is the wolf, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Iove is ranked 15,503rd in the world and 241st in The East Pacific for Most Politically Free, scoring 84.6 on the Diebold Election Inking Scale.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 5,988thLeast Corrupt Governments: 9,610thTop
Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 13,869thMost Politically Free: 15,503rdMost Income Equality: 20,180thNicest Citizens: 20,262ndSafest: 20,264th
Most Politically Free: 241st in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 330th in the regionTop
Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 468th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 513th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 588th in the regionSafest: 737th in the regionNicest Citizens: 740th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 785th in the region

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