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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:
Very Good
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Some

Regional Influence: Minnow

Location: the South Pacific

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The Peopledom of Soem is a gargantuan, socially progressive nation, ruled by Pyt Snarkulton with an even hand, and remarkable for its sprawling nuclear power plants. The compassionate population of 15.489 billion Soemeosy 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.

Birth rates have hit an all-time low, government officials raid public buildings to remove all mention of G*d or r******n, convicted murderers are free to walk the streets provided they attend rehabilitation classes, and space research funding has hit a recent high while several military bases are being closed down. 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 930th in the South Pacific and 28,892nd in the world for Most Extensive Civil Rights, with 68 Martin Luther King, Jr. Units.

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity: 23 hours ago

  • 16 hours ago: Following new legislation in Soem, space research funding has hit a recent high while several military bases are being closed down.
  • 16 hours ago: Following new legislation in Soem, convicted murderers are free to walk the streets provided they attend rehabilitation classes.
  • 16 hours ago: Following new legislation in Soem, government officials raid public buildings to remove all mention of G*d or r******n.
  • 22 hours ago: Soem changed its national demonym plural to "Soemeosy".
  • 22 hours ago: Soem changed its national demonym to "Soemeos", its demonym adjective to "Soemeon", its demonym plural to "Soemeosii", and its leader to "Pyt Snarkulton".
  • 2 days 16 hours ago: Soem was reclassified from "Scandinavian Liberal Paradise" to "Inoffensive Centrist Democracy".
  • 2 days 16 hours ago: Following new legislation in Soem, birth rates have hit an all-time low.
  • 2 days 16 hours ago: Following new legislation in Soem, citizens are allowed to rise or fall based on their own merits.
  • 2 days 16 hours ago: Following new legislation in Soem, reporters often lose their jobs over fact-checking errors.
  • 2 days 16 hours ago: Following new legislation in Soem, the recently unemployed can often be seen at the local homeless shelter.

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