by Max Barry

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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 837th Most Influential: 1,272nd Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 7,445th
The Darkness Clan of
Democratic Socialists
From The Darkness, The Shadows Rise
Jennu Umbra
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Population3.167 billion

CapitalIskios City
LeaderJennu Umbra


The Darkness Clan of Iskios is a massive, genial nation, ruled by Jennu Umbra with an even hand, and remarkable for its complete lack of prisons, infamous sell-swords, and smutty television. The compassionate, democratic population of 3.167 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 77.4%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The Iskiosian economy, worth 158 trillion Shadows a year, is highly specialized and led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Tourism, Retail, and Gambling. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is 50,173 Shadows, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

High-income earners pay a 100% tax rate, criminals and college students are taking an interest in the government's new weed-killing program, hordes of tourists are ruining the environment, and minority children spend hours bussing to schools miles away from home. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very 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 131,525th in the world and 6,677th in The North Pacific for Highest Wealthy Incomes, with 56,068.21 Standard Monetary Units.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 837thMost Influential: 1,272ndTop
Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 7,445thMost Pacifist: 7,961stTop
Largest Welfare Programs: 10,132ndBest Weather: 10,191stSafest: 10,697thMost Beautiful Environments: 11,643rdMost Income Equality: 12,104thMost Compassionate Citizens: 12,702ndNicest Citizens: 12,979thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 13,401stMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 13,571stMost Inclusive: 15,103rdHighest Average Tax Rates: 15,424thLongest Average Lifespans: 15,987thMost Advanced Public Transport: 16,173rd
Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 365th in the regionTop
Most Pacifist: 439th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 465th in the regionMost Influential: 505th in the regionSafest: 575th in the regionMost Income Equality: 577th in the regionBest Weather: 585th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 629th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 645th in the regionMost Stationary: 666th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 671st in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 672nd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 685th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 706th in the regionNicest Citizens: 719th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 756th in the region

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