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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 6,567thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 7,441stLeast Corrupt Governments: 8,334th
The Republic of
Liberal Democratic Socialists
By The People For The People and We Really Like People
Influence
Shoeshiner
Civil Rights
Excellent
Economy
Good
Political Freedom
Superb

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The Gastonian

Population2.143 billion

CapitalLoktenktbourg
LeaderLester Elkedsti
FaithAtheism

CurrencyBuck
AnimalCat

The Republic of The Gastonian is a massive, cultured nation, ruled by Lester Elkedsti with a fair hand, and renowned for its avant-garde cinema, anti-smoking policies, and stringent health and safety legislation. The compassionate, democratic population of 2.143 billion Gastonians love a good election, and the government gives them plenty of them. Universities tend to be full of students debating the merits of various civil and political rights, while businesses are tightly regulated and the wealthy viewed with suspicion.

The government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked, socially-minded morass — prioritizes Education, although Administration, Environment, and Healthcare are also considered important, while Spirituality isn't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Loktenktbourg. The average income tax rate is 88.9%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The Gastonian economy, worth 130 trillion Bucks 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 Cheese Exports, Book Publishing, and Automobile Manufacturing. Average income is 60,871 Bucks, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Helping grandma with her Misgendering 101 homework is a national rite of passage, prisoners can't do number twos without their "toilet buddy" present, ghost regiments exist only on paper, and politicians who misplace decimal points on expense reports are fired for gross incompetence. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. The Gastonian's national animal is the Cat, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Atheism.

The Gastonian is ranked 193,580th in the world and 706th in The Communist Bloc for Most Pro-Market, scoring -88.11 on the Rand Index.

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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 6,567thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 7,441stLeast Corrupt Governments: 8,334thHighest Average Tax Rates: 8,921stMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 8,998thTop
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Most Influential: 11,282ndMost World Assembly Endorsements: 11,368thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 12,388thMost Compassionate Citizens: 12,433rdMost Advanced Public Education: 12,450thNicest Citizens: 12,609thSafest: 13,137thBest Weather: 13,372ndMost Inclusive: 13,934thMost Advanced Public Transport: 14,185thMost Beautiful Environments: 15,336thMost Income Equality: 15,401stMost Pacifist: 15,545thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 15,638thMost Valuable International Artwork: 15,688thHealthiest Citizens: 16,339thLongest Average Lifespans: 17,319thLowest Crime Rates: 17,350thLargest Welfare Programs: 19,295thLargest Governments: 19,316thMost Secular: 19,537th

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : The Gastonian was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Least Corrupt Governments.
  • : Following new legislation in The Gastonian, politicians who misplace decimal points on expense reports are fired for gross incompetence.
  • : Following new legislation in The Gastonian, ghost regiments exist only on paper.
  • : Following new legislation in The Gastonian, prisoners can't do number twos without their "toilet buddy" present.
  • : Following new legislation in The Gastonian, helping grandma with her Misgendering 101 homework is a national rite of passage.
  • : Following new legislation in The Gastonian, students memorise knock-knock jokes for their mandatory twice-a-term Comedy Examinations.
  • : The Gastonian was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Least Corrupt Governments.
  • : The Gastonian was endorsed by The Greater Democratic Imperium of Neo Tyranis.
  • : The Gastonian was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Least Corrupt Governments.
  • : Following new legislation in The Gastonian, fancy dress parties are raided by military police for new recruits.

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