"If we fall in reaching for ideals we will rise again."
UN Category: Scandinavian Liberal Paradise
Location: Allied States of EuroIslanders
The Democratic Republic of Easter Lemming is a very large socially progressive and environmentally stunning nation, notable for its compulsory military service and its devotion to social welfare. Its hard-nosed population of 56 million enjoy extensive civil rights and enjoy a level social equality free of the usual accompanying government corruption.
The government -- a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked, socially-minded morass -- juggles the competing demands of Social Welfare, Education, and Healthcare. The average income tax rate is 46%, but much higher for the wealthy. The private sector is almost wholly made up of enterprising fourteen-year-old boys selling lemonade on the sidewalk, although the government is looking at stamping this out.
Scenic mountain valleys are flooded with water as damming projects get underway, abortions are routinely performed in Easter Lemming's hospitals, there have been reports of people marrying housepets, streakers swamp all public events in order to bare it all, religious organizations are being forced to leave the country or pay income taxes like everybody else, and refugees from other nations are flocking to Easter Lemming's border. Crime -- especially youth-related -- is totally unknown. Easter Lemming's national animal is the lemming, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its currency is the credit.