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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 4,393rdLargest Welfare Programs: 6,600thMost Compassionate Citizens: 13,626th
The Ministry of
Left-wing Utopia
Ipsa scientia potestas est.
Minister of Information
Influence
Nipper
Informer
Civil Rights
World Benchmark
Economy
Very Strong
Political Freedom
World Benchmark

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Information of the Communist Bloc

Population2.957 billion

Capitalthe Capital District
LeaderMinister of Information
FaithEgoism

Currencyword
Animalarticle

The Ministry of Information of the Communist Bloc is a massive, cultured nation, ruled by Minister of Information with a fair hand, and remarkable for its daily referendums, irreverence towards religion, and punitive income tax rates. The compassionate, democratic population of 2.957 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 210 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 151,709th in the world and 408th in The Communist Bloc for Largest Soda Pop Sector, scoring zero on the Addison-Fukk Productivity Rating.

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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 4,393rdLargest Welfare Programs: 6,600thTop
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Most Compassionate Citizens: 13,626thNicest Citizens: 13,746thMost Advanced Public Transport: 15,230thMost Inclusive: 15,987thMost Advanced Public Education: 17,587thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 19,517thMost Extensive Civil Rights: 20,703rdMost Politically Free: 21,663rdMost Beautiful Environments: 21,669th
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Largest Cheese Export Sector: 44th in the regionTop
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Largest Black Market: 56th in the regionMost Politically Free: 61st in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 62nd in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 86th in the region

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