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The Peopledom of Soem

“Cap the rich assitax 11.1'% top 11; 1.1'% next 100 etc.”

Category: Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
Civil Rights:
Very Good
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Excellent

Regional Influence: Minnow

Location: the South Pacific

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The Peopledom of Soem is a gargantuan, socially progressive nation, ruled by Peyt Snarkleton with an even hand, and renowned for its anti-smoking policies. Its compassionate, intelligent population of 14.36 billion have some civil rights, but not too many, enjoy the freedom to spend their money however they like, to a point, and take part in free and open elections, although not too often.

It is difficult to tell where the omnipresent government stops and the rest of society begins, but it juggles the competing demands of Education, Healthcare, and Public Transport. The average income tax rate is 68%, and even higher for the wealthy. The private sector is almost wholly made up of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, although the government is looking at stamping this out.

A nation-wide cull of Snarks is in effect, the recently unemployed can often be seen at the local homeless shelter, religious organizations are being forced to leave the country or pay income taxes like everybody else, and fewer people are bathing as citizens must show ration stamps before they can turn on their faucets. Crime -- especially youth-related -- is crippling, probably because of the country's utter lack of prisons. Soem's national animal is the Snark, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its currency is the Idea.

Soem is ranked 3,595th in the South Pacific and 91,117th in the world for Most Authoritarian, with 0.105 Stalins.

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity: 2 days ago

  • 1 day 20 hours ago: Following new legislation in Soem, fewer people are bathing as citizens must show ration stamps before they can turn on their faucets.
  • 1 day 20 hours ago: Following new legislation in Soem, religious organizations are being forced to leave the country or pay income taxes like everybody else.
  • 2 days 20 hours ago: Following new legislation in Soem, the recently unemployed can often be seen at the local homeless shelter.
  • 3 days 20 hours ago: Following new legislation in Soem, a nation-wide cull of Snarks is in effect.
  • 3 days 20 hours ago: Following new legislation in Soem, elevator music has been replaced by thrash metal played at maximum volume.
  • 4 days ago: Soem voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Condemn The Dourian Embassy".
  • 4 days ago: Following new legislation in Soem, schools have extensive counseling programs for troubled students.
  • 4 days ago: Following new legislation in Soem, the latest Harry Potter book is a bestseller.
  • 4 days ago: Following new legislation in Soem, the military frequently holds bake sales to raise funds.
  • 4 days ago: Following new legislation in Soem, the government is avowedly atheist.

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