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Largest Welfare Programs: 3,375th Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 3,523rd Most Rebellious Youth: 4,347th
The Lowlife Landmass of
Corrupt Dictatorship
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Madsoon

Population1.282 billion

CapitalNeo Philadelphia
LeaderMachine Gunk
FaithGoth girls

CurrencyUzi
AnimalRock Pigeon

The Lowlife Landmass of Madsoon is a massive, orderly nation, ruled by Machine Gunk with an iron fist, and remarkable for its museums and concert halls, free-roaming dinosaurs, and sprawling nuclear power plants. The compassionate, cynical population of 1.282 billion Madsooneers are ruled with an iron fist by the dictatorship government, which ensures that no-one outside the party gets too rich. In their personal lives, however, citizens are relatively unoppressed; it remains to be seen whether this is because the government genuinely cares about its people, or if it hasn't gotten around to stamping out civil rights yet.

The enormous, corrupt, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Education, Healthcare, and Welfare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Neo Philadelphia. The average income tax rate is 89.7%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Madsooneer economy, worth 170 trillion Uzis 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 large, well-organized, quite specialized black market in Information Technology, Tourism, Book Publishing, and Beef-Based Agriculture. 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 an impressive 133,225 Uzis, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Cute fluffy little Machine Gunks are increasingly popular exotic pets, the government has adopted a "Lightning Never Strikes Twice" approach to dealing with natural disasters, the nationalised Arms Manufacturing Industry is not interested in making weapons, and the state auctions off combat drones to fund war reparations. Crime is totally unknown. Madsoon's national animal is the Rock Pigeon, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies, and its national religion is Goth girls.

Madsoon is ranked 170,864th in the world and 181st in Wintreath for Largest Insurance Industry, scoring -12.29 on the Risk Expulsion Effectiveness Rating.

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Largest Welfare Programs: 3,375thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 3,523rdMost Rebellious Youth: 4,347thHighest Poor Incomes: 5,920thMost Inclusive: 6,275thLargest Black Market: 6,357thMost Subsidized Industry: 6,520thMost Armed: 6,814thMost Advanced Public Transport: 7,449thLargest Information Technology Sector: 7,928thMost Advanced Public Education: 8,122ndMost Scientifically Advanced: 8,282ndHighest Average Tax Rates: 9,077thTop
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Most Compassionate Citizens: 9,171stNicest Citizens: 10,083rdMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 10,180thMost Secular: 10,381stMost Developed: 10,703rdHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 10,870thLargest Governments: 13,209thMost Efficient Economies: 14,500thMost Corrupt Governments: 15,339thMost Cultured: 15,425thMost Income Equality: 16,467thHighest Average Incomes: 16,644thSmartest Citizens: 17,869th
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Largest Welfare Programs: 6th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 8th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 9th in the regionTop
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Largest Black Market: 12th in the regionMost Armed: 12th in the regionMost Inclusive: 12th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 16th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 18th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 19th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 20th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Madsoon was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Highest Average Tax Rates and the Top 10% for Longest Average Lifespans.
  • : Following new legislation in Madsoon, the state auctions off combat drones to fund war reparations.
  • : Following new legislation in Madsoon, the nationalised Arms Manufacturing Industry is not interested in making weapons.
  • : Following new legislation in Madsoon, the government has adopted a "Lightning Never Strikes Twice" approach to dealing with natural disasters.
  • : Following new legislation in Madsoon, cute fluffy little Machine Gunks are increasingly popular exotic pets.
  • : Following new legislation in Madsoon, the government only invests in infrastructure after a natural disaster.
  • : Madsoon was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Smartest Citizens.
  • : Following new legislation in Madsoon, several citizens have complained about scientists abducting their pets for experimentation.
  • : Following new legislation in Madsoon, a suspicious number of male students have joined the Ladies' Wrestling League.
  • : Following new legislation in Madsoon, conscripts often volunteer for a second tour of duty so they can get a ticket to next year's Army Revue.

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