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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:
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 punitive income tax rates. The compassionate population of 14.964 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 64%, 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.

Police are arresting costumed characters at comic book conventions, bus ads propagandize causes ranging from sexual revolution to religious pogroms, euthanasia is illegal, and cities are engulfed by smog. 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 2,842nd in the South Pacific and 82,753rd in the world for Lowest Overall Tax Burden, scoring -8 on the Hayek Index.

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity: 2 days ago

  • 1 day 20 hours ago: Following new legislation in Soem, cities are engulfed by smog.
  • 1 day 20 hours ago: Following new legislation in Soem, euthanasia is illegal.
  • 1 day 20 hours ago: Following new legislation in Soem, bus ads propagandize causes ranging from sexual revolution to religious pogroms.
  • 1 day 20 hours ago: Following new legislation in Soem, police are arresting costumed characters at comic book conventions.
  • 1 day 20 hours ago: Following new legislation in Soem, trespassers often find themselves impaled by crossbow bolts.
  • 4 days ago: Following new legislation in Soem, students are wary of colorfully decorated new teachers with names like Professor Pipsqueak.
  • 4 days ago: Following new legislation in Soem, abortions are routinely performed in Soem's hospitals.
  • 5 days ago: Following new legislation in Soem, birth rates have hit an all-time low.
  • 5 days ago: Following new legislation in Soem, unstable couples are known to break up over which one gets parental leave.
  • 5 days ago: Following new legislation in Soem, convicted murderers are free to walk the streets provided they attend rehabilitation classes.

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