by Max Barry

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Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 9,853rdMost Inclusive: 20,419thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 23,476th
The Principality of
Scandinavian Liberal Paradise
Land of the Rising Sun and the Land of rising hope
Civil Rights
Political Freedom
Below Average

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Population1.099 billion


The Principality of Santoak is a massive, socially progressive nation, remarkable for its compulsory military service, soft-spoken computers, and devotion to social welfare. The hard-nosed population of 1.099 billion Santoakians enjoy extensive civil rights and enjoy a level of social equality free from the usual accompanying government corruption.

The enormous, socially-minded government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Education, and Welfare. The average income tax rate is 73.2%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The sizeable but underdeveloped Santoakian economy, worth 49.3 trillion deniers a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is fairly diversified, is dominated by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology, Door-to-door Insurance Sales, and Uranium Mining. Average income is 44,828 deniers, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The fate of the world literally rests on Leader's fingers, statue-sitting has replaced the stake-out as the dullest form of police duty, running away is an essential part of the elite forces' hand-to-hand training, and Leader has been known to threaten dissenting citizens with a machine gun at press conferences. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Santoak's national animal is the lion, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

Santoak is ranked 264,066th in the world and 126th in Socialists for Most Primitive, scoring -121.02 on the Scary Big Number Scale.

Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 9,853rdTop
Most Inclusive: 20,419thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 23,476thHighest Average Tax Rates: 27,543rdSafest: 29,503rd
Most Stationary: 6th in the regionTop
Most Patriotic: 9th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 9th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 10th in the regionMost Influential: 10th in the regionLargest Populations: 10th in the regionMost Cultured: 12th in the regionMost Inclusive: 14th in the regionLargest Governments: 14th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 14th in the region

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