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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 563rdMost Advanced Public Transport: 1,053rdLargest Welfare Programs: 1,364th
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

Population8.413 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 notable for its museums and concert halls, daily referendums, and smutty television. The compassionate, democratic population of 8.413 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 1,140 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The nation's atlases tend to go out of date every few weeks, "Mad Max: Returning Again to Barrydrome" is this year's unexpected summer blockbuster, dog owners proudly declare that their pups can predict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 224,490th in the world and 978th in The Communist Bloc for Largest Gambling Industry, scoring -24.63 on the Kelly Criterion Productivity Index.

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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 25th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 30th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 30th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 39th in the regionMost Pacifist: 39th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 41st in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 43rd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 50th in the regionTop
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Safest: 57th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 59th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 62nd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 68th in the regionLargest Governments: 68th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 75th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 76th in the regionNicest Citizens: 78th in the regionLargest Populations: 78th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 79th in the regionMost Cultured: 90th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 94th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 95th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 96th in the region

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