by Max Barry

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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 3,001stMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 4,765thMost Influential: 5,077th
The Darkness Clan of
Democratic Socialists
From The Darkness, The Shadows Rise
Jennu Umbra
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Population5.688 billion

CapitalIskios City
LeaderJennu Umbra


The Darkness Clan of Iskios is a colossal, cultured nation, ruled by Jennu Umbra with an even hand, and notable for its public floggings, infamous sell-swords, and irreverence towards religion. The compassionate, democratic population of 5.688 billion Iskiosians are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked, socially-minded morass — juggles the competing demands of Education, Environment, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Iskios City. The average income tax rate is 82.6%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The thriving Iskiosian economy, worth 414 trillion Shadows a year, is highly specialized and mostly made up of the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Tourism. State-owned companies are common. Average income is 72,873 Shadows, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Conspiracy theorists allege that the government is spying on them through their carbon monoxide detectors, ghost regiments exist only on paper, imitation is the sincerest form of felony, and Iskiosian novella fans become unusually flustered when thinking about Jennu Umbra. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Iskios's national animal is the Panther, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Umbraism.

Iskios is ranked 132,568th in the world and 6,959th in The North Pacific for Most Extreme, scoring 14.41 on the Paul-Nader Subjective Decentrality Index.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 3,001stMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 4,765thMost Influential: 5,077thLargest Welfare Programs: 5,556thMost Pacifist: 6,958thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 7,432ndBest Weather: 8,245thMost Advanced Public Education: 8,324thMost Beautiful Environments: 9,409thSafest: 10,000thTop
Most Popular Tourist Destinations: 10,705thMost Advanced Public Transport: 11,567thHighest Average Tax Rates: 12,155thMost Compassionate Citizens: 12,368thNicest Citizens: 12,923rdLongest Average Lifespans: 13,700thMost Inclusive: 13,988thMost Cultured: 15,865thMost Income Equality: 16,381stHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 16,407thLowest Crime Rates: 16,806thHealthiest Citizens: 18,727th
Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 226th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 253rd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 355th in the regionMost Pacifist: 384th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 407th in the regionBest Weather: 441st in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 472nd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 491st in the regionTop
Safest: 531st in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 535th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 566th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 663rd in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 671st in the regionNicest Citizens: 704th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 730th in the regionMost Cultured: 767th in the regionMost Inclusive: 785th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 830th in the regionMost Income Equality: 890th in the regionLargest Populations: 892nd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 934th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 967th in the region

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