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Most Income Equality: 4,249th
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The Piratini Republic

Population380 million


The People's Republic of The Piratini Republic is a huge, environmentally stunning nation, renowned for its state-planned economy, irreverence towards religion, and stringent health and safety legislation. The quiet, industrious population of 380 million piratinese are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The large, socially-minded government juggles the competing demands of Education, Welfare, and Healthcare. The average income tax rate is 58.0%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The sizeable but stagnant Piratini Republician economy, worth 3.87 trillion Cruzeiroes 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 a slick, highly efficient, quite specialized black market in Information Technology, Trout Farming, Tourism, and Uranium Mining. 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 10,189 Cruzeiroes, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Surveillance cameras are banned, the latest Harry Potter book is a bestseller, scientists regularly clone human beings for research purposes, and libraries are now installed with jacuzzis and mini-bars. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. The Piratini Republic's national animal is the squirrel, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

The Piratini Republic is ranked 223,591st in the world and 11,157th in the South Pacific for Highest Wealthy Incomes, with 10,435.3 Standard Monetary Units.

Most Income Equality: 4,249th
Most Income Equality: 291st in the region

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