by Max Barry

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Least Corrupt Governments: 1,132nd Most Cheerful Citizens: 1,387th Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 1,591st
The Interim People's Republic of
Scandinavian Liberal Paradise
Prolyetari vsyev alumov, unidaityev!
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Population12.593 billion

LeaderCDIR Yovan Lyetni

CurrencyLabor Voucher

The Interim People's Republic of Pensalum is a gargantuan, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by CDIR Yovan Lyetni with an even hand, and remarkable for its museums and concert halls, smutty television, and stringent health and safety legislation. The compassionate, cheerful population of 12.593 billion Pens enjoy extensive civil rights and enjoy a level of social equality free from the usual accompanying government corruption.

The large, liberal, socially-minded government juggles the competing demands of Education, Environment, and Welfare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Albikant. The average income tax rate is 95.6%.

The large but sluggish Pensic economy, worth 618 trillion Labor Vouchers a year, is driven almost entirely by government activity, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector is mostly comprised of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, although the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is 49,093 Labor Vouchers, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Elementary school students are required to master Bach's Chaconne in D before graduation, tourists need only sign on the dotted line to become citizens, the Pensic Intelligence Agency relies on internet search engines to know what is happening overseas, and drug deals return to the streets as legions of undercover officers stalk the dark web. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Pensalum's national animal is the Echidna, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Pensalum is ranked 163,893rd in the world and 122nd in Grenada for Most Advanced Defense Forces, scoring -3.16 on the Total War Preparedness Rating.

Least Corrupt Governments: 1,132ndMost Cheerful Citizens: 1,387thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1,591stMost Rebellious Youth: 1,703rdTop
Safest: 1,904thMost Pacifist: 2,131stNicest Citizens: 2,231stBest Weather: 2,658thMost Beautiful Environments: 2,751stMost Compassionate Citizens: 2,785thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 3,328thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 3,685thLargest Governments: 3,880thLongest Average Lifespans: 4,080thHighest Average Tax Rates: 4,084thMost Cultured: 4,319thLargest Welfare Programs: 5,542ndMost Inclusive: 5,567thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 6,183rdHealthiest Citizens: 6,998thMost Advanced Public Transport: 7,252ndNudest: 7,887thTop
Lowest Crime Rates: 9,329thSmartest Citizens: 9,423rdMost Extensive Civil Rights: 11,177thMost Income Equality: 12,976thMost Advanced Public Education: 13,202ndLargest Populations: 14,000thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 14,391st
Largest Populations: 8th in the regionTop
Most Cheerful Citizens: 9th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 13th in the regionNudest: 14th in the regionSafest: 16th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 17th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Pensalum's influence in Grenada rose from "Sprat" to "Shoeshiner".
  • : Pensalum was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Nicest Citizens, Nudest, Largest Governments, Largest Welfare Programs, and Most Compassionate Citizens.
  • : Pensalum's influence in Grenada rose from "Minnow" to "Sprat".
  • : Pensalum's influence in Grenada rose from "Zero" to "Minnow".
  • : Pensalum was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Rebellious Youth.
  • : Pensalum relocated from Balder to Grenada.
  • : Pensalum altered its national flag.
  • : Pensalum was refounded in Balder.
  • : Pensalum ceased to exist in Grenada.
  • : Pensalum's influence in Grenada fell from "Page" to "Shoeshiner".


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