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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 4,511thLargest Welfare Programs: 7,008thMost Compassionate Citizens: 14,016th
The Ministry of
Left-wing Utopia Drugged-Out Hippies
Ipsa scientia potestas est.
Minister of Information
Influence
Minnow
Informer
Civil Rights
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Economy
Very Strong
Political Freedom
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Information of the Communist Bloc

Population3.473 billion

Capitalthe Capital District
LeaderMinister of Information
FaithEgoism

Currencyword
Animalarticle

The Ministry of Information of the Communist Bloc is a massive, genial nation, ruled by Minister of Information with a fair hand, and remarkable for its soft-spoken computers, compulsory vegetarianism, and absence of drug laws. The compassionate, democratic population of 3.473 billion Comrades 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, liberal, socially-minded, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Education, Welfare, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of the Capital District. The average income tax rate is 72.9%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The very strong Information of the Communist Blocian economy, worth 247 trillion words 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 Tourism, Information Technology, Cheese Exports, and Book Publishing. 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 71,128 words, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Torture is illegal, sending sick politicians "Get Well Soon" cards is considered bribery, no one believes anything until it has been strenuously tested and peer-reviewed, and Minister of Information's told that love often manifests itself through homicidal four-lettered litanies. Crime, especially youth-related, is almost non-existent. Information of the Communist Bloc's national animal is the article, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Egoism.

Information of the Communist Bloc is ranked 138,720th in the world and 480th in The Communist Bloc for Highest Wealthy Incomes, with 88,366 Standard Monetary Units.

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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 4,511thLargest Welfare Programs: 7,008thTop
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Most Compassionate Citizens: 14,016thNicest Citizens: 14,112thMost Advanced Public Transport: 15,417thMost Inclusive: 16,304thMost Advanced Public Education: 17,976thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 20,145thMost Extensive Civil Rights: 21,843rdMost Politically Free: 22,345thMost Beautiful Environments: 22,493rdLargest Black Market: 22,537th
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Largest Cheese Export Sector: 45th in the regionTop
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Largest Black Market: 52nd in the regionMost Politically Free: 70th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 80th in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 88th in the regionMost Armed: 98th in the region

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