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Featured nation August 2018: Fulgistan

The People's Republic of Fulgistan

"Millions with but one heart"

National Animal: Horse

Currency: Tenge

Fulgistan is not your average nation. Rather, they've carved out a very specific niche, and are actually quite good at it. Which is why they're such a valued and appreciated member of our community. The People's Republic is ranked in the top 10 of Europa for trout fishing (5th) and world assembly endorsements (5). They also appear in the world top 10% rank for welfare (6%), cheerfulness, (6%), niceness (6%), compassion (6%), foreign aid (7%), inclusiveness (9%), pacifism (10%) and compliance (10%). This all sounds less like a communist dystopia, and more and more like a really nice place to go visit. How nice to see their propaganda is working well!

The People's Republic of Fulgistan is a huge, efficient nation, notable for its smutty television, compulsory military service, and punitive income tax rates. The compassionate population of 475 million Fulgistanis are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The large government juggles the competing demands of Education, Welfare, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Bogd Gioro. The average income tax rate is 76.0%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The strong Fulgistani economy, worth 41.9 trillion tenges a year, is quite specialized and led by the Trout Farming industry, with major contributions from Tourism, Information Technology, and Arms Manufacturing. State-owned companies are common. Average income is 88,136 tenges, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The government seizes private property for the 'good of the people', minority children spend hours bussing to schools miles away from home, anti-government web sites are springing up, and hidden bedroom-cams are installed to catch mothers doing their kids' homework. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Fulgistan's national animal is the horse, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

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