by Max Barry

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Most Income Equality: 5,758th Most World Assembly Endorsements: 6,602nd Highest Average Tax Rates: 13,223rd
The Republic of
Democratic Socialists
By The People For The People and We Really Like People
Influence
Sprat
Civil Rights
Very Good
Economy
Fragile
Political Freedom
Good

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The Gastonian

Population178 million

CurrencyBuck
AnimalCat

The Republic of The Gastonian is a very large, genial nation, notable for its state-planned economy, avant-garde cinema, and irreverence towards religion. The compassionate population of 178 million Gastonians 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, socially-minded morass — juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Environment. The average income tax rate is 79.3%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The sizeable but sluggish Gastonian economy, worth 4.46 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 led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Cheese Exports, Automobile Manufacturing, and Trout Farming. Average income is 25,066 Bucks, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Bins outnumber trees in city parks, hiding wrinkles with make-up is illegal, shady doctors seem to have impeccable records, and multiple births are a cause of celebration for tax collectors. 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.

The Gastonian is ranked 132,817th in the world and 438th in The Communist Bloc for Lowest Overall Tax Burden, scoring -63.02 on the Hayek Index.

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Most Income Equality: 5,758thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 6,602ndTop
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Highest Average Tax Rates: 13,223rd

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in The Gastonian, multiple births are a cause of celebration for tax collectors.
  • : Following new legislation in The Gastonian, shady doctors seem to have impeccable records.
  • : Following new legislation in The Gastonian, hiding wrinkles with make-up is illegal.
  • : Following new legislation in The Gastonian, bins outnumber trees in city parks.
  • : Following new legislation in The Gastonian, any body part that can be cut off a person is no longer considered to be their property.
  • : Following new legislation in The Gastonian, census workers struggle to account for the rapidly increasing number of citizens to tabulate.
  • : Following new legislation in The Gastonian, the saying 'break a leg' is now taken literally.
  • : Following new legislation in The Gastonian, women who walk into the ladies' changing room are accused of being Peeping Toms.
  • : Following new legislation in The Gastonian, the Smalltopian embassy doubles as an electoral campaign headquarters.
  • : Following new legislation in The Gastonian, passionate nomination battles are often as intense as general elections.

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