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The Peopledom of Soem

“Cap the richest; tax 11.1'% top 11; 1.1'% next 100 etc.”

Category: Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
Civil Rights:
Good
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Below Average

Regional Influence: Minnow

Location: the South Pacific

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The Peopledom of Soem is a gargantuan, genial nation, ruled by Peyt Snarkleton with an even hand, and remarkable for its national health service. The compassionate population of 15.339 billion Soemians 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 70%, 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.

Conductors wield diamond-encrusted batons to fit in with their freshly gilded surroundings, the government seeks peaceful forum with terrorists, police are arresting costumed characters at comic book conventions, and the government extracts trade concessions from poor nations in exchange for humanitarian aid. Crime -- especially youth-related -- is crippling. 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 157th in the South Pacific and 7,872nd in the world for Best Weather, with 131 Metres of Sunlight Above Expected.

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity: 6 hours ago

  • 3 days 1 hour ago: Soem was endorsed by The Principality of Caasd.
  • 4 days ago: Following new legislation in Soem, the government extracts trade concessions from poor nations in exchange for humanitarian aid.
  • 4 days ago: Following new legislation in Soem, police are arresting costumed characters at comic book conventions.
  • 5 days ago: Following new legislation in Soem, the government seeks peaceful forum with terrorists.
  • 5 days ago: Following new legislation in Soem, conductors wield diamond-encrusted batons to fit in with their freshly gilded surroundings.
  • 5 days ago: Following new legislation in Soem, the military frequently holds bake sales to raise funds.
  • 5 days ago: Following new legislation in Soem, the Soem Automotive Racing Series draws millions of spectators annually while those near the tracks complain about the noise.
  • 6 days ago: Soem fell out of the regional Top 10% for Most Eco-Friendly Governments.
  • 7 days ago: Following new legislation in Soem, military funding has been stripped back.
  • 7 days ago: Following new legislation in Soem, the government seizes private property for the 'good of the people'.

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