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The Matriarchy of Graminea

“Pax, iustitia, benignitas”

Category: Left-wing Utopia
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Location: The Internationale

Regional Influence: Sprat


The Matriarchy of Graminea is a huge, socially progressive nation, notable for its absence of drug laws, punitive income tax rates, and stringent health and safety legislation. The compassionate, democratic population of 501 million Gramineans 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 large, socially-minded, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Administration, Education, and Welfare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Zandstrora. The average income tax rate is 72.3%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The sizeable but inefficient Graminean economy, worth 31.1 trillion credits a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is fairly diversified, is led by the Tourism industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing, Information Technology, and Basket Weaving. Average income is 62,039 credits, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Captains must wait until all rats are safe before jumping ship, political gridlock ensues as even the most innocuous legislation is vetoed by the Supreme Court for potential civil rights violations, children's bedrooms are often decorated with posters of successful accountants, and election ballot papers are so long that unused ones are recycled as toilet roll. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Graminea's national animal is the crested swan, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Graminea is ranked 163,448th in the world and 100th in The Internationale for Most Armed, with 0.27 Weapons Per Person.

Least Corrupt Governments: 8,934thMost Cheerful Citizens: 11,463rdMost Inclusive: 11,468thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 11,753rdTop
Nicest Citizens: 12,477thMost Compassionate Citizens: 13,189thSafest: 15,193rdHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 15,996thMost Income Equality: 16,408thLargest Welfare Programs: 16,562ndHighest Drug Use: 17,086thMost Pacifist: 19,721stMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 21,207thMost Advanced Public Transport: 22,528thLowest Crime Rates: 22,809thMost Beautiful Environments: 23,822ndBest Weather: 24,227thSmartest Citizens: 24,237th
Highest Drug Use: 18th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 24th in the region

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