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Socialist Rayland

Population178 million


The Republic of Socialist Rayland is a very large, socially progressive nation, notable for its compulsory military service, punitive income tax rates, and stringent health and safety legislation. The democratic population of 178 million Raylanders are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The enormous, socially-minded government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Education, and Welfare. The average income tax rate is 75.2%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The sizeable but stagnant Socialist Raylandian economy, worth 1.15 trillion Rayns a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector is led by the Book Publishing industry, with major contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Automobile Manufacturing, and Uranium Mining. Average income is 6,469 Rayns, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

There have been reports of people marrying housepets, Socialist Raylandian scientists are mixing chewing tobacco with bacon flavouring in an attempt to craft the perfect male snack, taking hostages is a great way to influence government policy, and citizens can only enjoy the splendor of the natural world in designated 'Majesty Appreciation' zones. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Socialist Rayland's national animal is the Deer, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Socialist Rayland is ranked 117,602nd in the world and 1,175th in 10000 Islands for Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector, scoring 252.45 on the Henry Ford Productivity Index.

Most Income Equality: 1,233rdTop
Highest Average Tax Rates: 19,217th
Most Income Equality: 14th in the region

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