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The United Socialist States of Span

“We Own Y'all!”

Category: New York Times Democracy
Civil Rights:
Excellent
Economy:
Imploded
Political Freedoms:
Widely Abused

Regional Influence: Minnow

Location: The North Pacific

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The United Socialist States of Span is a gargantuan, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by M Shobacus Maz with a fair hand, and renowned for its devotion to social welfare. The compassionate, intelligent population of 24.901 billion Spansters 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 devotes most of its attentions to Education, with areas such as Healthcare and Commerce receiving almost no funds by comparison. It meets every day to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Maz. The average income tax rate is 77%, and even higher for the wealthy. A powerhouse of a private sector is dominated by the Book Publishing industry.

The government funds large training centres to turn donkeys into functioning members of society, houses and businesses are bulldozed to make way for ever-expanding cemeteries, the government's religious works are headed by a New Age guru, and Span's educational system is the envy of many and regarded as a pinnacle of academic achievement. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Span's national animal is the donkey, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its currency is the spanny.

Span is ranked 18th in The North Pacific and 512th in the world for Most Cultured, scoring 199 on the Snufflebottom-Wiggendum Pentatonic Scale.

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity: 2 hours ago

  • 47 minutes ago: Following new legislation in Span, Span's educational system is the envy of many and regarded as a pinnacle of academic achievement.
  • 23 hours ago: Span was endorsed by The United Kingdom of Rugged.
  • 1 day 12 hours ago: Following new legislation in Span, the government's religious works are headed by a New Age guru.
  • 2 days 6 hours ago: Span was endorsed by The International Government of International Nation of the World.
  • 2 days 12 hours ago: Following new legislation in Span, houses and businesses are bulldozed to make way for ever-expanding cemeteries.
  • 2 days 12 hours ago: Following new legislation in Span, the government funds large training centres to turn donkeys into functioning members of society.
  • 4 days ago: Following new legislation in Span, birth rates have hit an all-time low.
  • 4 days ago: Following new legislation in Span, bizarre-looking creatures called 'donkeydogs' dominate wildlife preserves.
  • 5 days ago: Span was reclassified from "Liberal Democratic Socialists" to "New York Times Democracy".
  • 5 days ago: Following new legislation in Span, citizens are allowed to rise or fall based on their own merits.

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