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Most Income Equality: 7,355thMost Authoritarian: 8,180thHighest Average Tax Rates: 17,914th
The Union of Russian Republics of
Corrupt Dictatorship
Viribus Unitis
Influence
Powerbroker
Civil Rights
Some
Economy
Basket Case
Political Freedom
Outlawed

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Yugobelka

Population6.306 billion

CurrencyRuble
AnimalEastern Barn Owl

The Union of Russian Republics of Yugobelka is a colossal, environmentally stunning nation, remarkable for its compulsory military service, punitive income tax rates, and devotion to social welfare. The cynical population of 6.306 billion Russians are ruled with an iron fist by the dictatorship government, which ensures that no-one outside the party gets too rich. In their personal lives, however, citizens are relatively unoppressed; it remains to be seen whether this is because the government genuinely cares about its people, or if it hasn't gotten around to stamping out civil rights yet.

The government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked, socially-minded, well-organized morass — juggles the competing demands of Law & Order, Welfare, and Healthcare. The average income tax rate is 76.8%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The sizeable but stagnant Russian economy, worth 75.7 trillion Rubles 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 Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Basket Weaving, Arms Manufacturing, and Woodchip Exports. Average income is 12,002 Rubles, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

It is illegal to distribute Girl Guide Cookies without an advanced food hygiene diploma and a well-funded social safety net protects the unfortunate. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Yugobelka's national animal is the Eastern Barn Owl, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

Yugobelka is ranked 139,323rd in the world and 6th in The World Today for Highest Unexpected Death Rate, scoring 30.48 on the Bus Surprisal Index.

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Most Income Equality: 7,355thMost Authoritarian: 8,180thTop
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Highest Average Tax Rates: 17,914th

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