by Max Barry

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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 4,471stLargest Welfare Programs: 6,940thMost Compassionate Citizens: 13,982nd
The Ministry of
Left-wing Utopia
Ipsa scientia potestas est.
Minister of Information
Civil Rights
World Benchmark
Very Strong
Political Freedom
World Benchmark

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Information of the Communist Bloc

Population3.626 billion

Capitalthe Capital District
LeaderMinister of Information


The Ministry of Information of the Communist Bloc is a massive, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Minister of Information with a fair hand, and remarkable for its soft-spoken computers, complete lack of prisons, and punitive income tax rates. The compassionate, democratic population of 3.626 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 257 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 150,820th in the world and 297th in The Communist Bloc for Rudest Citizens, with 41.67 Insults Per Minute.

Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 4,471stLargest Welfare Programs: 6,940thTop
Most Compassionate Citizens: 13,982ndNicest Citizens: 14,063rdMost Advanced Public Transport: 15,132ndMost Inclusive: 16,264thMost Advanced Public Education: 17,805thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 19,876thMost Extensive Civil Rights: 21,616thMost Politically Free: 21,668thMost Beautiful Environments: 22,084thLargest Black Market: 22,304th
Largest Cheese Export Sector: 46th in the regionLargest Black Market: 53rd in the regionMost Politically Free: 57th in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 70th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 78th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 85th in the regionMost Armed: 87th in the region

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