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Highest Poor Incomes: 202ndLargest Agricultural Sector: 300thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 494th
The Soviet Renaissance of
Psychotic Dictatorship
Collectivised work is organised work!
Nikolay Matveyev
Influence
Newcomer
Region
Civil Rights
Few
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Rare

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Povertyville

Population1.581 billion

CapitalYulyovsk
LeaderNikolay Matveyev
Faithoutlawed

Currencykopek
Animalracoon

The Soviet Renaissance of Povertyville is a massive, orderly nation, ruled by Nikolay Matveyev with an iron fist, and renowned for its public floggings, punitive income tax rates, and devotion to social welfare. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 1.581 billion Povertyvilians are ruled without fear or favor by a psychotic dictator, who outlaws just about everything and refers to the populace as "my little playthings."

The medium-sized, corrupt, socially-minded, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Industry, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Yulyovsk. The average income tax rate is 92.2%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Povertyvilian economy, worth 571 trillion kopeks 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 an enormous, deeply entrenched, broadly diversified black market in Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, 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 amazing 361,793 kopeks, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Nikolay Matveyev's Twitcher account is typically used to share racoon memes rather than government policy, those who investigate UFOs tend to wake up delirious on abandoned roads, collisions between bicycles and carnival floats are on the rise, and Nikolay Matveyev's Twitcher account is once again only used for bragging about the government's accomplishments. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Povertyville's national animal is the racoon, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is outlawed.

Povertyville is ranked 4,813th in the world and 55th in Europe for Largest Basket Weaving Sector, scoring 7,545.87 on the Hickory Productivity Index.

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Highest Poor Incomes: 202ndLargest Agricultural Sector: 300thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 494thHighest Average Incomes: 1,072ndMost Subsidized Industry: 1,132ndLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1,779thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1,781stMost Corrupt Governments: 1,842ndMost Armed: 2,009thTop
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Most Advanced Defense Forces: 2,247thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 2,260thLargest Black Market: 2,292ndLargest Publishing Industry: 2,631stLargest Retail Industry: 2,895thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 3,616thMost Efficient Economies: 3,791stLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 3,881stLargest Information Technology Sector: 4,116thLargest Governments: 4,612thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 4,813thMost Advanced Public Education: 5,055thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 5,164thMost Rebellious Youth: 5,677thMost Secular: 5,809thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 6,472ndHighest Average Tax Rates: 6,537thMost Scientifically Advanced: 7,173rdMost Cultured: 7,350thMost Advanced Public Transport: 7,827thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 8,352ndMost Income Equality: 8,423rdLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 8,663rdSmartest Citizens: 9,733rdMost Authoritarian: 9,981stTop
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Highest Wealthy Incomes: 10,414thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 11,664thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 12,455thLargest Welfare Programs: 13,044thMost Beautiful Environments: 13,197thLowest Crime Rates: 20,249th
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Highest Poor Incomes: 2nd in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 4th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 9th in the regionTop
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Highest Average Incomes: 16th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 17th in the regionMost Armed: 18th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 20th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 20th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 21st in the regionLargest Black Market: 22nd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 23rd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 24th in the regionMost Income Equality: 24th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 27th in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 30th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 39th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 41st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 45th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 48th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 49th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 52nd in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 55th in the regionTop
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Largest Governments: 69th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 71st in the regionMost Secular: 73rd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 74th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 75th in the regionMost Extreme: 78th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 82nd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 87th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 87th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 87th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 89th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 111th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Povertyville, Nikolay Matveyev's Twitcher account is once again only used for bragging about the government's accomplishments.
  • : Following new legislation in Povertyville, collisions between bicycles and carnival floats are on the rise.
  • : Povertyville was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Authoritarian.
  • : Following new legislation in Povertyville, those who investigate UFOs tend to wake up delirious on abandoned roads.
  • : Following new legislation in Povertyville, Nikolay Matveyev's Twitcher account is typically used to share racoon memes rather than government policy.
  • : Following new legislation in Povertyville, main battle tanks stalk the woods of Povertyville in search of racoons.
  • : Following new legislation in Povertyville, business meetings across the country are interrupted by the sound of squeaking whoopee-cushions.
  • : Following new legislation in Povertyville, according to the latest national census as many as two-thirds of the respondents possibly consider 'violet' their favorite color.
  • : Following new legislation in Povertyville, graffiti graces every city's streets.
  • : Following new legislation in Povertyville, it is illegal to have the wrong clock time showing on your microwave oven.

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