by Max Barry

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Most Influential: 2,537th Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 3,295th Most Scientifically Advanced: 4,401st
The United Socialist Republics of
Father Knows Best State
Concordia civium murus urbium.
WA Delegate
Civil Rights
Below Average
Political Freedom

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Population6.722 billion

LeaderMikhail Siekmeshko

CurrencySietskian Crown
Animalgrizzly bear

The United Socialist Republics of Sietsk is a colossal, orderly nation, ruled by Mikhail Siekmeshko with an iron fist, and remarkable for its triple-decker prams, digital currency, and otherworldly petting zoo. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless, devout population of 6.722 billion Sietskians are ruled by a mostly-benevolent dictator, who grants the populace the freedom to live their own lives but watches carefully for anyone to slip up.

The large, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Vedrupol. The average income tax rate is 87.2%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The Sietskian economy, worth 761 trillion Sietskian Crowns a year, is quite specialized and led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Tourism and Book Publishing. Black market activity is extensive. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 113,256 Sietskian Crowns, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Movie producers send film critics wads of cash in their morning newspapers in anticipation of gushing praise, the government regularly reassures citizens that there are no monsters under their beds, frightened witnesses and seriously ill jurors wear the same handcuffs as the defendant, and immersive video game experiences are interrupted by incessant disclaimer pop-ups. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Sietsk's national animal is the grizzly bear, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Orthodoxy.

Sietsk is ranked 105,850th in the world and 78th in APSIA for Most Pro-Market, scoring 39.33 on the Rand Index.

Most Influential: 2,537thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 3,295thMost Scientifically Advanced: 4,401stMost Advanced Defense Forces: 4,578thLargest Black Market: 4,993rdMost Corrupt Governments: 5,244thLowest Crime Rates: 6,508thLargest Information Technology Sector: 7,105thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 7,162ndHealthiest Citizens: 7,655thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 8,027thTop
Largest Governments: 9,025thHighest Average Tax Rates: 9,514thMost Advanced Public Transport: 10,437thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 10,865thMost Beautiful Environments: 11,802ndMost Cultured: 11,862ndMost Stationary: 12,653rdHighest Poor Incomes: 14,354thBest Weather: 14,356thSmartest Citizens: 14,578thNudest: 16,129th
Most Influential: 1st in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 1st in the regionTop
Most Advanced Defense Forces: 2nd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 3rd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 3rd in the regionLargest Governments: 4th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 4th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 4th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 4th in the regionLargest Populations: 5th in the regionMost Stationary: 5th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 5th in the regionLargest Black Market: 6th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 6th in the regionTop
Nudest: 7th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 7th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 8th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 9th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 10th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 10th in the regionBest Weather: 11th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 12th in the regionMost Cultured: 12th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Sietsk voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Condemn Darkesia".
  • : Sietsk voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Fair Depository standards Act".
  • : Sietsk was endorsed by The Republic of Michigan Freemen.
  • : Sietsk was endorsed by The Free Land of Liberatia Populus.
  • : Sietsk voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Commend Severisen".
  • : Sietsk's influence in APSIA rose from "Powerbroker" to "Power".
  • : Sietsk voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Repeal "defending the rights of sexual and gender minorities"".
  • : Sietsk was endorsed by The Republic of Caladinia.
  • : Sietsk voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Repeal "Safeguarding Nuclear Materials"".
  • : Sietsk's influence in APSIA fell from "Power" to "Powerbroker".


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