by Max Barry

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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 807th Largest Welfare Programs: 1,544th Most Advanced Public Transport: 1,766th
The Free Colony of
Liberal Democratic Socialists
Make Tiny Changes
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Population12.047 billion

LeaderAmy Connell

CurrencySchottic Pound
AnimalGreat Auk

The Free Colony of Schottia is a gargantuan, safe nation, ruled by Amy Connell with a fair hand, and renowned for its multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, national health service, and state-planned economy. The compassionate, democratic population of 12.047 billion Schottians love a good election, and the government gives them plenty of them. Universities tend to be full of students debating the merits of various civil and political rights, while businesses are tightly regulated and the wealthy viewed with suspicion.

The government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked, socially-minded morass — juggles the competing demands of Education, Welfare, and Environment. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Handon. The average income tax rate is 95.8%.

The all-consuming Schottian economy, worth a remarkable 1,256 trillion Schottic Pounds a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is highly specialized, is mostly made up of the Tourism industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing and Cheese Exports. Average income is an impressive 104,309 Schottic Pounds, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Student athletes gaze forlornly at abandoned Great Aukball fields, passionate nomination battles are often as intense as general elections, tourists visit Schottia to mass-moon Schottian politicians, and young and brooding teens are welcomed with open arms to the Dogwarts School of Strangeness and Sorcery. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Schottia's national animal is the Great Auk, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Schottia is ranked 35,784th in the world and 60th in Rushmore for Most World Assembly Endorsements, with zero Valid Endorsements.

Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 807thLargest Welfare Programs: 1,544thTop
Most Advanced Public Transport: 1,766thLeast Corrupt Governments: 3,112thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 3,575thSafest: 3,730thMost Subsidized Industry: 3,875thHighest Average Tax Rates: 3,893rdMost Pacifist: 4,090thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 4,145thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 5,961stMost Income Equality: 6,190thMost Cheerful Citizens: 6,476thLargest Governments: 7,230thMost Advanced Public Education: 7,806thNicest Citizens: 8,083rdTop
Most Compassionate Citizens: 8,747thBest Weather: 9,260thHighest Poor Incomes: 9,341stMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 10,176thMost Beautiful Environments: 10,304thLongest Average Lifespans: 10,560thHighest Economic Output: 11,164thMost Rebellious Youth: 11,621stLowest Crime Rates: 11,764thHealthiest Citizens: 13,347thMost Cultured: 14,789thMost Developed: 15,903rdMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 16,707thLargest Populations: 16,850th
Most Advanced Public Transport: 2nd in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 3rd in the regionMost Pacifist: 3rd in the regionTop
Least Corrupt Governments: 4th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 4th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 4th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 4th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 4th in the regionMost Income Equality: 4th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 5th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 5th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 5th in the regionNicest Citizens: 6th in the regionLargest Governments: 6th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 6th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 6th in the regionSafest: 6th in the regionMost Inclusive: 7th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Schottia was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Populations.
  • : Schottia was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Advanced Law Enforcement.
  • : Schottia's influence in Rushmore rose from "Minnow" to "Sprat".
  • : Schottia was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Nicest Citizens.
  • : Schottia was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Developed.
  • : Schottia lodged a message on the Rushmore Regional Message Board.
  • : Schottia's influence in Rushmore rose from "Nipper" to "Minnow".
  • : Schottia lodged a message on the Rushmore Regional Message Board.
  • : Schottia was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Advanced Public Education.
  • : Schottia altered its national flag.


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