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Most Income Equality: 855th Least Corrupt Governments: 11,014th
The Republic of
Left-wing Utopia
Imprimatur
Influence
Sprat
Civil Rights
Superb
Economy
Imploded
Political Freedom
Superb

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The Widening Gyre

Population1.554 billion

Currencyingot
Animalcockroach

The Republic of The Widening Gyre is a massive, genial nation, notable for its public floggings, complete lack of prisons, and irreverence towards religion. The compassionate, democratic population of 1.554 billion Widening Gyreans 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 prioritizes Welfare, with Healthcare, Education, and Law & Order also on the agenda. The average income tax rate is 71.5%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The sizeable but stagnant Widening Gyrean economy, worth 9.62 trillion ingots 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 Beef-Based Agriculture industry, with significant contributions from Retail, Information Technology, and Soda Sales. Average income is 6,191 ingots, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Even the most lowly council pen-pusher has the same political power as a senior minister, The Widening Gyre recently decided against having a capital city, organised sports are frowned upon as frivolous, and leather-clad individuals can be seen walking their slaves in public parks. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. The Widening Gyre's national animal is the cockroach, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

The Widening Gyre is ranked 152,813th in the world and 5,089th in the West Pacific for Largest Black Market, with 11.9 billion Standard Monetary Units.

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Most Income Equality: 855thTop
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Least Corrupt Governments: 11,014th
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Most Income Equality: 26th in the regionTop
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Least Corrupt Governments: 407th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 547th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 614th in the regionNicest Citizens: 662nd in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 673rd in the regionMost Stationary: 755th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : The Widening Gyre was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Least Corrupt Governments.
  • : The Widening Gyre's influence in The West Pacific rose from "Minnow" to "Sprat".
  • : Following new legislation in The Widening Gyre, leather-clad individuals can be seen walking their slaves in public parks.
  • : Following new legislation in The Widening Gyre, organised sports are frowned upon as frivolous.
  • : Following new legislation in The Widening Gyre, The Widening Gyre recently decided against having a capital city.
  • : Following new legislation in The Widening Gyre, even the most lowly council pen-pusher has the same political power as a senior minister.
  • : The Widening Gyre was reclassified from "Scandinavian Liberal Paradise" to "Left-wing Utopia".
  • : Following new legislation in The Widening Gyre, the national guard is mobilized whenever a mother gets separated from her child at the mall.
  • : Following new legislation in The Widening Gyre, mollycoddled youths run the country.
  • : Following new legislation in The Widening Gyre, betting pennies on games of Go Fish is considered deviant.

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