by Max Barry

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Most Income Equality: 1,047th Most Authoritarian: 9,268th Most Extreme: 17,014th
The People's Republic of
Corrupt Dictatorship
United Through Labour
Civil Rights
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Socialist Momentum

Population897 million


AnimalHarvester Ant

The People's Republic of Socialist Momentum is a huge, genial nation, remarkable for its compulsory military service, irreverence towards religion, and punitive income tax rates. The cynical population of 897 million Socialist Momentumians 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, socially-minded, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Welfare, Defense, and Law & Order. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Nordovicium. The average income tax rate is 74.5%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The sizeable but stagnant Socialist Momentumian economy, worth 5.62 trillion Stozkas 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 Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Trout Farming, Woodchip Exports, and Soda Sales. Average income is 6,267 Stozkas, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The nation is ravaged by daily union strikes, organ donation rates are among the lowest in the region, foreign lack of enthusiasm for Socialist Momentumian nose-flute disco metal is seen as a reasonable casus belli, and Socialist Momentum has designated Nordovicium as its capital city. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Socialist Momentum's national animal is the Harvester Ant, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Socialist Momentum is ranked 143,447th in the world and 1st in Balder Communist Party Headquaters for Most Advanced Law Enforcement, scoring 466.5 on the Orwell Orderliness Index.

Most Income Equality: 1,047thTop
Most Authoritarian: 9,268thMost Extreme: 17,014th

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