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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 559thMost Advanced Public Transport: 1,052ndLargest Welfare Programs: 1,361st
The Socialist Republic of
Democratic Socialists
The will of the people leads to victory
Influence
Shoeshiner
Civil Rights
Excellent
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
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Kergstan

Population8.384 billion

CapitalAlmatar
LeaderOkja Nerkutoa

CurrencyTare
AnimalHorse

The Socialist Republic of Kergstan is a colossal, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Okja Nerkutoa with an even hand, and remarkable for its unlimited-speed roads, multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, and daily referendums. The compassionate, democratic population of 8.384 billion Kergstanis are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked morass — juggles the competing demands of Education, Healthcare, and Environment. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Almatar. The average income tax rate is 98.2%.

The frighteningly efficient Kergstani economy, worth a remarkable 1,136 trillion Tares a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is highly specialized, is mostly made up of the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing and Cheese Exports. Average income is an impressive 135,545 Tares, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The nation's atlases tend to go out of date every few weeks, "Mad Max: Returning Again to Barrydrome" is this year's unexpected summer blockbuster, dog owners proudly declare that their pups can predict when the mailman will arrive, and therapists dispense hugs for heroin dealers and cuddles for crackheads. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Kergstan's national animal is the Horse, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Kergstan is ranked 62,715th in the world and 391st in The Communist Bloc for Nudest, with 170.75 Cheeks Per Square Mile.

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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 24th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 30th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 31st in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 37th in the regionMost Pacifist: 38th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 40th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 42nd in the regionTop
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Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 50th in the regionSafest: 57th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 58th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 63rd in the regionLargest Governments: 67th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 68th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 74th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 75th in the regionNicest Citizens: 79th in the regionLargest Populations: 79th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 80th in the regionMost Cultured: 90th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 93rd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 95th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 96th in the region

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