by Max Barry

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Most Influential: 2,541st Most World Assembly Endorsements: 3,536th Most Secular: 5,756th
The United Socialist States of
Left-wing Utopia
Peace, Land, and Bread
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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The Peoples Vanguard

Population3.336 billion

CapitalThe Gathering

AnimalMountain Goat

The United Socialist States of The Peoples Vanguard is a massive, socially progressive nation, ruled by Vanguardian with a fair hand, and renowned for its infamous sell-swords, daily referendums, and punitive income tax rates. The compassionate, democratic population of 3.336 billion Vanguardians are free to do what they want with their own bodies, and vote for whomever they like in elections; if they go into business, however, they are regulated to within an inch of their lives.

The enormous, socially-minded government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Education, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of The Gathering. The average income tax rate is 91.2%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The thriving Peoples Vanguardian economy, worth 395 trillion marxes a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector is led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Information Technology and Book Publishing. Average income is an impressive 118,448 marxes, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Cane fights are a common sight in nursing homes, protesters are up in arms over new nuclear power stations, cash-strapped junkies lick rabbits for a cheap high, and factories are regularly demolished to make way for low-cost housing areas. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. The Peoples Vanguard's national animal is the Mountain Goat, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

The Peoples Vanguard is ranked 34,576th in the world and 399th in The Communist Bloc for Healthiest Citizens, with 5.44 Bananas Ingested Per Day.

Most Influential: 2,541stMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3,536thMost Secular: 5,756thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 6,133rdLargest Welfare Programs: 6,879thHighest Average Tax Rates: 6,974thTop
Highest Poor Incomes: 7,693rdMost Advanced Public Transport: 8,371stLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 9,197thLargest Governments: 9,517thMost Advanced Public Education: 9,650thMost Income Equality: 9,804thMost Scientifically Advanced: 10,951stMost Inclusive: 11,134thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 11,256thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 11,509thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 11,575thSmartest Citizens: 11,753rdMost Rebellious Youth: 11,906thLowest Crime Rates: 12,943rdSafest: 13,188thLargest Information Technology Sector: 14,798th
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 35th in the regionTop
Most Influential: 49th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 52nd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 53rd in the regionMost Armed: 61st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 68th in the region

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