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The Grand Duchy of San Monteriano

“Primus inter pares”

Category: Left-wing Utopia
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Regional Influence: Minnow

Location: The Commonwealth of Crowns


The Grand Duchy of San Monteriano is a colossal, genial nation, ruled by Caterina I with a fair hand, and remarkable for its national health service. Its compassionate, intelligent population of 7.431 billion are free to do what they want with their own bodies, and vote for whoever they like in elections; if they go into business, however, they are regulated to within an inch of their lives.

It is difficult to tell where the omnipresent government stops and the rest of society begins, but it juggles the competing demands of Education, Social Welfare, and Healthcare. It meets every day to discuss matters of state in the capital city of San Monteriano. The average income tax rate is 64%, and even higher for the wealthy. A substantial private sector is dominated by the Book Publishing industry.

Citizens are expected to be proficient in at least five languages, the San Monteriano Automotive Racing Series draws millions of spectators annually while those near the tracks complain about the noise, kids laugh off vandalism and arson as "just fun", and cars are banned. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. San Monteriano's national animal is the eagle, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its currency is the lozenge.

San Monteriano is ranked 35th in The Commonwealth of Crowns and 22,313th in the world for Largest Mining Sector, scoring 3 on the Blue Sky Asbestos Index.

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by Max Barry

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