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Highest Crime Rates: 214th Most Armed: 372nd Largest Publishing Industry: 610th
The Homosocial Republic of
Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
A Republic of Brothers
Regional Influence
Handshaker
Region
Civil Rights
Excellent
Economy
Good
Political Freedom
Average

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The Homosocial Republic of Saint-Sebastian is a gargantuan, socially progressive nation, ruled by Rosko Alaska with an even hand, and remarkable for its anti-smoking policies, absence of drug laws, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working population of 12.422 billion Saints have some civil rights, but not too many, enjoy the freedom to spend their money however they like, to a point, and take part in free and open elections, although not too often.

The minute government, or what there is of one, prioritizes Education, although Social Policy, Healthcare, and Administration are also considered important, while Spirituality and Welfare aren't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Stonewall. Income tax is unheard of.

The Saintly economy, worth a remarkable 1,601 trillion Pink Pounds a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is fairly diversified and led by the Book Publishing industry, with significant contributions from Retail, Information Technology, and Soda Sales. Average income is an impressive 128,898 Pink Pounds, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.5 times as much as the poorest.

Entire families are dragged into counseling whenever children fight on a playground, exorbitant spending on icebreakers breaks the ice at every budget meeting, the government's economic policy is "sort it yourself", and the nation's infamous rickshaw ambulances often double as hearses. Crime, especially youth-related, is all-pervasive, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. Saint-Sebastian's national animal is the catamount, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

Saint-Sebastian is ranked 150,308th in the world and 213th in Gay for Most Devout, with 3.25 Prayers Per Hour.

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Highest Crime Rates: 214thMost Armed: 372ndLargest Publishing Industry: 610thLargest Retail Industry: 826thMost Rebellious Youth: 1,112thMost Influential: 1,262ndLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1,344thTop
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Most Secular: 1,642ndHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1,728thLeast Corrupt Governments: 1,822ndMost Avoided: 2,044thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 2,261stLargest Soda Pop Sector: 3,127thMost Inclusive: 3,428thLargest Black Market: 3,854thSmartest Citizens: 3,864thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 4,161stLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 4,774thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 5,495thHighest Economic Output: 5,951stMost Cheerful Citizens: 6,154thMost Stationary: 7,098thTop
10%
Largest Populations: 9,148thMost Scientifically Advanced: 11,382ndHighest Poor Incomes: 13,127thNudest: 14,146th
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5%
Most Avoided: 3rd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 3rd in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 4th in the regionMost Armed: 5th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 5th in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 5th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 7th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 7th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 8th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 11th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 11th in the regionTop
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Most Average: 12th in the regionMost Secular: 13th in the regionMost Influential: 13th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 14th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 15th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 16th in the regionLargest Black Market: 17th in the regionMost Stationary: 19th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 22nd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Saint-Sebastian, the nation's infamous rickshaw ambulances often double as hearses.
  • : Following new legislation in Saint-Sebastian, the government's economic policy is "sort it yourself".
  • : Following new legislation in Saint-Sebastian, exorbitant spending on icebreakers breaks the ice at every budget meeting.
  • : Following new legislation in Saint-Sebastian, entire families are dragged into counseling whenever children fight on a playground.
  • : Following new legislation in Saint-Sebastian, machine-peeled candied grapes come in individual packaging for the busy commuter.
  • : Saint-Sebastian was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Lowest Overall Tax Burden.
  • : Following new legislation in Saint-Sebastian, auditors are gutting every governmental department.
  • : Following new legislation in Saint-Sebastian, advertisements read like science journal articles complete with extensive references.
  • : Following new legislation in Saint-Sebastian, a third of Saints are e-certified CEOs.
  • : Saint-Sebastian was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Pizza Delivery Sector.

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