by Max Barry

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Most Income Equality: 3,948thMost Rebellious Youth: 16,580thNicest Citizens: 18,280th
The Allied States of
Left-wing Utopia
O Summers of Peace
Influence
Unproven
Civil Rights
World Benchmark
Economy
Basket Case
Political Freedom
Superb

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Sommersal

Population179 million

Currencysum
Animalstarling

The Allied States of Sommersal is a very large, safe nation, renowned for its keen interest in outer space, irreverence towards religion, and absence of drug laws. The compassionate, democratic population of 179 million Sommersalians are free to do what they want with their own bodies, and vote for whomever they like in elections; if they go into business, however, they are regulated to within an inch of their lives.

The enormous, liberal, socially-minded government juggles the competing demands of Welfare, Education, and Healthcare. The average income tax rate is 71.8%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The sizeable but stagnant Sommersalian economy, worth 2.77 trillion sums a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is quite specialized, is led by the Woodchip Exports industry, with major contributions from Door-to-door Insurance Sales, Soda Sales, and Trout Farming. Average income is 15,482 sums, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Barbed wire entanglements and guard towers surround the Sommersal City Natural History Museum, recognizing the Sommersalian flag qualifies you for citizenship, the government is financing an extremely costly war against malaria, and intellectual snobbery has the cognoscenti sneering at anyone who doesn't have an opinion on the semiological drift of Umberto Eco's works. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Sommersal's national animal is the starling, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Sommersal is ranked 90,804th in the world and 3,528th in The North Pacific for Most Eco-Friendly Governments, scoring 583.36 on the Dolphin Recycling Awareness Index.

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Most Income Equality: 3,948thTop
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Most Rebellious Youth: 16,580thNicest Citizens: 18,280thMost Compassionate Citizens: 18,913thMost Extensive Civil Rights: 22,402ndMost Inclusive: 23,446th
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Most Income Equality: 224th in the regionTop
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Most Extensive Civil Rights: 573rd in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 613th in the regionMost Extreme: 908th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Sommersal, intellectual snobbery has the cognoscenti sneering at anyone who doesn't have an opinion on the semiological drift of Umberto Eco's works.
  • : Following new legislation in Sommersal, the government is financing an extremely costly war against malaria.
  • : Following new legislation in Sommersal, recognizing the Sommersalian flag qualifies you for citizenship.
  • : Following new legislation in Sommersal, barbed wire entanglements and guard towers surround the Sommersal City Natural History Museum.
  • : Following new legislation in Sommersal, Occam's razor has sliced to pieces any childhood belief in Santa Claus and the Tooth Fairy.
  • : Following new legislation in Sommersal, the nation grinds to a halt for afternoon tea.
  • : Following new legislation in Sommersal, prisoners have been known to host cooking and home décor television shows.
  • : Following new legislation in Sommersal, voting for pro-Bigtopian candidates is voluntary.
  • : Following new legislation in Sommersal, 'The Anti-Government Hour' is a popular programme on many of Sommersal's radio stations.
  • : Following new legislation in Sommersal, primetime re-runs of The Black and White Minstrel Show are a critical hit.

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