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The Confederacy of Saundie

“In cake we trust”

Category: New York Times Democracy
Civil Rights:
Very Good
Economy:
Good
Political Freedoms:
Superb

Regional Influence: Minnow

Location: Lazarus

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The Confederacy of Saundie is a gargantuan, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Dr Cakeston with a fair hand, and notable for its compulsory military service. Its hard-nosed, intelligent population of 10.894 billion enjoy a sensible mix of personal and economic freedoms, while the political process is open and the people's right to vote held sacrosanct.

It is difficult to tell where the omnipresent government stops and the rest of society begins, but it juggles the competing demands of Defence, the Environment, and Education. It meets every day to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Cakeston. The average income tax rate is 69%, and even higher for the wealthy. A powerhouse of a private sector is dominated by the Tourism industry.

Government-run screening operations remove embryos with severe genetic disorders, the people elect the Supreme Court justices directly, commercial jingles have been ham-handedly forced into world renowned symphonies, and homeless people are periodically found dead upon altars to assorted deities. Crime -- especially youth-related -- is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Saundie's national animal is the cheesecake, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its currency is the cheesecake.

Saundie is ranked 3,697th in Lazarus and 119,372nd in the world for Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry, scoring -9 on the Tasmanian Pulp Environmental Export Index.

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity: 2 hours ago

  • 10 hours ago: Following new legislation in Saundie, homeless people are periodically found dead upon altars to assorted deities.
  • 10 hours ago: Following new legislation in Saundie, commercial jingles have been ham-handedly forced into world renowned symphonies.
  • 1 day 10 hours ago: Saundie was reclassified from "Inoffensive Centrist Democracy" to "New York Times Democracy".
  • 1 day 10 hours ago: Following new legislation in Saundie, the people elect the Supreme Court justices directly.
  • 1 day 22 hours ago: Following new legislation in Saundie, government-run screening operations remove embryos with severe genetic disorders.
  • 2 days 9 hours ago: Saundie fell out of the world Top 10% for Best Weather.
  • 2 days 10 hours ago: Following new legislation in Saundie, the mining industry is making inroads into environmentally sensitive areas.
  • 3 days 10 hours ago: Following new legislation in Saundie, the commercialisation of highly deadly weapons has instilled Saundie with a very polite populace.
  • 3 days 22 hours ago: Following new legislation in Saundie, pharmacies close down as medicinal drugs are sold freely by the government.
  • 5 days ago: Following new legislation in Saundie, wind farms are erected on shuttered oil platforms.

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