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Most Cheerful Citizens: 3,155thHealthiest Citizens: 4,231stLargest Welfare Programs: 4,319th
The People's Socialist Republic of
Liberal Democratic Socialists
Die free, live in slavery.
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

Overview Policies People Government Economy Rank Trend Cards


Population14.648 billion

LeaderConstantine Rizzo

Animalkiller koala bear

The People's Socialist Republic of Bolshikstan is a gargantuan, safe nation, ruled by Constantine Rizzo with a fair hand, and notable for its avant-garde cinema, multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, and daily referendums. The democratic, cheerful population of 14.648 billion Bolshikstanians love a good election, and the government gives them plenty of them. Universities tend to be full of students debating the merits of various civil and political rights, while businesses are tightly regulated and the wealthy viewed with suspicion.

The government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked morass — prioritizes Education, with Welfare, Defense, and Healthcare also on the agenda, while Spirituality isn't funded at all. The average income tax rate is 92.6%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The Bolshikstanian economy, worth a remarkable 1,058 trillion bolishtars a year, is highly specialized and mostly made up of the Book Publishing industry, with significant contributions from Arms Manufacturing. State-owned companies are common. Average income is 72,230 bolishtars, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Hidden bedroom-cams are installed to catch mothers doing their kids' homework, grinding bureaucracy has the international wheels of justice turning slowly, family isn't who you're born with but who you abandon in foreign countries, and Formula One cars in Bolshikstan boast 56 miles per gallon. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Bolshikstan's national animal is the killer koala bear, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Bolshikstan is ranked 200,347th in the world and 7,267th in Balder for Highest Crime Rates, with 1.65 Crimes Per Hour.

Most Cheerful Citizens: 3,155thHealthiest Citizens: 4,231stLargest Welfare Programs: 4,319thMost Cultured: 4,954thLeast Corrupt Governments: 5,137thLongest Average Lifespans: 5,733rdSafest: 5,861stHighest Average Tax Rates: 6,188thLargest Publishing Industry: 6,388thBest Weather: 6,488thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 6,749thSmartest Citizens: 6,750thMost Beautiful Environments: 6,807thLowest Crime Rates: 6,870thMost Advanced Public Education: 7,574thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 8,600thMost Advanced Public Transport: 8,656thTop
Largest Governments: 10,458thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 10,580thLargest Populations: 14,429thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 15,931stHighest Economic Output: 15,981stNicest Citizens: 16,063rdMost Secular: 16,470thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 16,645thMost Inclusive: 17,012thMost Income Equality: 17,790th
Most Cheerful Citizens: 122nd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 183rd in the regionMost Cultured: 210th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 226th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 271st in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 277th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 283rd in the regionSafest: 300th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 303rd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 318th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 319th in the regionBest Weather: 323rd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 333rd in the regionLargest Populations: 334th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 362nd in the regionTop
Most Advanced Public Education: 408th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 457th in the regionMost Income Equality: 516th in the regionLargest Governments: 560th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 621st in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 624th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 645th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 741st in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Bolshikstan's influence in Balder rose from "Nipper" to "Minnow".
  • : Bolshikstan was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Highest Drug Use.
  • : Bolshikstan was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Highest Poor Incomes.
  • : Bolshikstan was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Eco-Friendly Governments and Largest Governments.
  • : Bolshikstan's influence in Balder rose from "Newcomer" to "Nipper".
  • : Bolshikstan's influence in Balder rose from "Hatchling" to "Newcomer".
  • : Bolshikstan's influence in Balder rose from "Unproven" to "Hatchling".
  • : Bolshikstan's influence in Balder rose from "Zero" to "Unproven".
  • : Bolshikstan altered its national flag.
  • : Bolshikstan was refounded in Balder.


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