by Max Barry

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Most Inclusive: 599th Most Compassionate Citizens: 641st Nicest Citizens: 693rd
The Republic of
Left-wing Utopia
Per Aspera Ad Astra
Civil Rights
Political Freedom
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Population3.184 billion

FaithChurch of Light


The Republic of Kelsyth is a massive, efficient nation, ruled by Lena with a fair hand, and renowned for its rum-swilling pirates, punitive income tax rates, and devotion to social welfare. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 3.184 billion Kelsythians 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 juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Environment. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Alnelenora. The average income tax rate is 99.0%.

The frighteningly efficient Kelsythian economy, worth 707 trillion Korunas a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector is led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Tourism and Book Publishing. Average income is an amazing 222,336 Korunas, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Judicial robes are the country's hottest fashion trend, attendance of fathers at PTA meetings is at an all-time high, funerals are often rudely interrupted by juggling clowns shouting for volunteers from the audience, and policy reversals are more often graceful demi-détournés than u-turns. Crime is totally unknown. Kelsyth's national animal is the Hippogryph, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Church of Light.

Kelsyth is ranked 1,589th in the world and 26th in The East Pacific for Most Cheerful Citizens, with 70.57 Percentage Of Water Glasses Perceived Half-Full.

Most Inclusive: 599thMost Compassionate Citizens: 641stNicest Citizens: 693rdHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 892ndMost Pacifist: 998thMost Developed: 1,218thHighest Poor Incomes: 1,358thHighest Average Tax Rates: 1,375thLargest Welfare Programs: 1,457thSafest: 1,487thLargest Governments: 1,503rdMost Cheerful Citizens: 1,589thLongest Average Lifespans: 1,605thTop
Least Corrupt Governments: 1,745thSmartest Citizens: 1,788thMost Scientifically Advanced: 1,804thMost Cultured: 1,858thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1,876thMost Subsidized Industry: 1,900thMost Advanced Public Education: 1,997thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 2,034thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 2,101stLargest Information Technology Sector: 2,220thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2,260thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 2,405thMost Beautiful Environments: 2,452ndMost Rebellious Youth: 2,465thMost Influential: 2,549thLowest Crime Rates: 3,494thHealthiest Citizens: 3,965thHighest Average Incomes: 4,119thLargest Publishing Industry: 4,286thRudest Citizens: 4,797thMost Advanced Public Transport: 5,291stBest Weather: 6,876thTop
Nudest: 8,844thMost Secular: 9,385thMost Efficient Economies: 9,441stMost Politically Free: 9,714th
Most Compassionate Citizens: 14th in the regionNicest Citizens: 16th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 17th in the regionMost Inclusive: 19th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 22nd in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 23rd in the regionMost Pacifist: 24th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 26th in the regionLargest Governments: 28th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 28th in the regionMost Developed: 29th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 32nd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 35th in the regionMost Cultured: 37th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 37th in the regionSafest: 37th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 39th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 41st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 44th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 45th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 46th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 47th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 48th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 48th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 58th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 62nd in the regionTop
Highest Average Incomes: 78th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 81st in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 89th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 101st in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 104th in the regionRudest Citizens: 112th in the regionMost Politically Free: 154th in the regionMost Influential: 168th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 183rd in the regionNudest: 187th in the regionBest Weather: 201st in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 210th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 273rd in the regionMost Secular: 283rd in the regionTop
Most Stationary: 395th in the regionLargest Populations: 527th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 580th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 631st in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Kelsyth, policy reversals are more often graceful demi-détournés than u-turns.
  • : Following new legislation in Kelsyth, funerals are often rudely interrupted by juggling clowns shouting for volunteers from the audience.
  • : Following new legislation in Kelsyth, attendance of fathers at PTA meetings is at an all-time high.
  • : Following new legislation in Kelsyth, judicial robes are the country's hottest fashion trend.
  • : Following new legislation in Kelsyth, pirates armed with sonar-guided semi-autonomous torpedos and laser weapons systems are often seen capturing fishing trawlers.
  • : Following new legislation in Kelsyth, vehicular homicide by Kelsythian ambassadors is a leading cause of death throughout the world's capital cities.
  • : Following new legislation in Kelsyth, would-be emigrants are told "abandon all hope all ye who would exit here".
  • : Following new legislation in Kelsyth, escalators are avoided at all costs.
  • : Following new legislation in Kelsyth, the Supreme Court vehemently protects civil rights and the right to privacy.
  • : Following new legislation in Kelsyth, the nation grinds to a halt on the anniversary of every marginally noteworthy event.


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