by Max Barry

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Most Secular: 657thLargest Retail Industry: 931stMost Influential: 1,481st
The Commonwealth of
Psychotic Dictatorship
We fall unto the end
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Population2.929 billion

CapitalAether City

AnimalNorthern goshawk

The Commonwealth of Seolia is a massive, environmentally stunning nation, remarkable for its state-planned economy, unlimited-speed roads, and enslaved workforce. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 2.929 billion Seolians are ruled without fear or favor by a psychotic dictator, who outlaws just about everything and refers to the populace as "my little playthings."

The relatively small, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Industry, Law & Order, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Aether City. The average income tax rate is 23.8%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Seolian economy, worth 751 trillion dollars a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is a large, well-organized, broadly diversified black market in Information Technology, Tourism, Retail, and Arms Manufacturing. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is an amazing 256,416 dollars, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 3.0 times as much as the poorest.

New "Worker's Strike" laws set out who is allowed to strike a worker, the nation has nearly as many history museums as Seolians, political activists are routinely executed, and relatives of recent award winners find their trophies make stylish urns. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Seolia's national animal is the Northern goshawk, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Seolia is ranked 11,990th in the world and 26th in Conch Kingdom for Largest Soda Pop Sector, scoring 5,661.49 on the Addison-Fukk Productivity Rating.

Most Secular: 657thLargest Retail Industry: 931stMost Influential: 1,481stHighest Disposable Incomes: 1,681stMost Scientifically Advanced: 2,505thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2,603rdTop
Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 3,295thLargest Information Technology Sector: 3,330thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 3,501stHighest Average Incomes: 3,623rdMost Efficient Economies: 4,992ndMost Corrupt Governments: 5,164thHighest Poor Incomes: 5,169thLargest Black Market: 7,423rdMost Subsidized Industry: 8,679thMost Valuable International Artwork: 8,829thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 9,516thMost Developed: 10,281stSmartest Citizens: 11,043rdLargest Soda Pop Sector: 11,990thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 12,092ndLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 12,527thMost Patriotic: 12,547thLargest Publishing Industry: 12,811thLowest Crime Rates: 12,911thMost Inclusive: 12,971stLargest Governments: 13,257thTop
Largest Manufacturing Sector: 13,541stMost Authoritarian: 15,199thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 16,843rdHighest Food Quality: 17,131stLargest Agricultural Sector: 19,315thLargest Insurance Industry: 19,347thLongest Average Lifespans: 21,015thMost Beautiful Environments: 21,944thMost Cultured: 23,918thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 26,455thMost Advanced Public Education: 26,947th
Largest Retail Industry: 1st in the regionMost Secular: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 4th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 4th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 6th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 6th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 6th in the regionTop
Most Corrupt Governments: 7th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 7th in the regionLargest Black Market: 9th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 10th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 12th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 12th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 23rd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 25th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 25th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 26th in the regionTop
Most Authoritarian: 36th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 36th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 36th in the regionMost Developed: 37th in the regionMost Patriotic: 37th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 39th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 41st in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 42nd in the regionLargest Governments: 43rd in the regionMost Stationary: 43rd in the regionMost Influential: 44th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 45th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 46th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 48th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 51st in the regionMost Inclusive: 59th in the regionMost Conservative: 61st in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Seolia was endorsed by The Empire of Theocratic Disciples of Christ.
  • : Seolia was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Publishing Industry and the Top 10% for Most Advanced Public Education.
  • : Seolia was endorsed by The Monarchy of Neuber.
  • : Seolia voted for the World Assembly Resolution "End Collective Punishment".
  • : Following new legislation in Seolia, relatives of recent award winners find their trophies make stylish urns.
  • : Following new legislation in Seolia, political activists are routinely executed.
  • : Following new legislation in Seolia, the nation has nearly as many history museums as Seolians.
  • : Following new legislation in Seolia, new "Worker's Strike" laws set out who is allowed to strike a worker.
  • : Seolia was reclassified from "Iron Fist Consumerists" to "Psychotic Dictatorship".
  • : Following new legislation in Seolia, strange lights seen in the sky are officially regarded as weather balloons or hoaxes and nothing else.