by Max Barry

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Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 1,393rdSafest: 2,049thLeast Corrupt Governments: 2,093rd
The Social Democratic Republic of
Left-wing Utopia
For love of Freedom!
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

Overview Factbook Policies People Government Economy Rank Trend Cards


Population13.107 billion

LeaderThe Supreme Council

AnimalWhite Tiger

The Social Democratic Republic of Istyu is a gargantuan, genial nation, ruled by The Supreme Council with a fair hand, and notable for its soft-spoken computers, sprawling nuclear power plants, and absence of drug laws. The compassionate, democratic population of 13.107 billion Istyans are free to do what they want with their own bodies, and vote for whomever they like in elections; if they go into business, however, they are regulated to within an inch of their lives.

The large, liberal, outspoken government prioritizes Education, with Environment, Welfare, and Healthcare also on the agenda, while Spirituality and Defense aren't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Citta. The average income tax rate is 95.0%.

The all-consuming Istyan economy, worth a remarkable 2,302 trillion Tokens a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is quite specialized, is led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Tourism and Book Publishing. Average income is an impressive 175,696 Tokens, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Kindergartners' favourite dance move is the stop-drop-and-roll, vegetables are crisper thanks to CRISPR, the government has declined to declare any particular religion as its 'official' one, and money grows on trees. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Istyu's national animal is the White Tiger, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Istyu is ranked 138,458th in the world and 156th in Refugia for Largest Gambling Industry, scoring 500.95 on the Kelly Criterion Productivity Index.

Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 1,393rdSafest: 2,049thLeast Corrupt Governments: 2,093rdMost Pacifist: 2,097thMost Compassionate Citizens: 2,423rdMost Inclusive: 2,640thNicest Citizens: 2,665thTop
Most Cultured: 2,687thHighest Food Quality: 2,773rdMost Rebellious Youth: 3,144thLargest Welfare Programs: 3,362ndMost Advanced Public Transport: 3,387thHealthiest Citizens: 3,459thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 3,722ndSmartest Citizens: 3,730thMost Scientifically Advanced: 4,161stLongest Average Lifespans: 4,311thHighest Poor Incomes: 4,565thLargest Information Technology Sector: 4,631stLargest Publishing Industry: 5,063rdHighest Average Tax Rates: 5,772ndMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 5,861stMost Advanced Public Education: 6,115thLargest Governments: 6,160thLowest Crime Rates: 7,125thMost Beautiful Environments: 7,291stMost Cheerful Citizens: 7,295thHighest Economic Output: 8,173rdHighest Average Incomes: 10,586thMost Developed: 10,677thNudest: 11,132ndMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 11,643rdMost Subsidized Industry: 13,264thTop
Most Secular: 14,735thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 22,694thMost Income Equality: 23,640thLargest Populations: 24,632ndMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 26,433rd
Highest Economic Output: 6th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 7th in the regionLargest Populations: 7th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 10th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 10th in the regionMost Cultured: 10th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 11th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 11th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 11th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 11th in the regionSafest: 12th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 12th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 12th in the regionHighest Food Quality: 12th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 14th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 15th in the regionMost Inclusive: 16th in the regionNicest Citizens: 17th in the regionMost Pacifist: 17th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 17th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 18th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 19th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 20th in the regionLargest Governments: 22nd in the regionTop
Longest Average Lifespans: 23rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 23rd in the regionNudest: 23rd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 25th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 30th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 32nd in the regionMost Developed: 32nd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 36th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 38th in the regionMost Patriotic: 39th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 39th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 40th in the regionMost Secular: 41st in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Istyu was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Inclusive.
  • : Istyu's influence in Refugia rose from "Newcomer" to "Nipper".
  • : Istyu's influence in Refugia rose from "Hatchling" to "Newcomer".
  • : Istyu's influence in Refugia rose from "Unproven" to "Hatchling".
  • : Following new legislation in Istyu, money grows on trees.
  • : Following new legislation in Istyu, the government has declined to declare any particular religion as its 'official' one.
  • : Istyu was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Nudest and Highest Food Quality.
  • : Following new legislation in Istyu, vegetables are crisper thanks to CRISPR.
  • : Istyu's influence in Refugia rose from "Zero" to "Unproven".
  • : Istyu altered its national flag.