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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 1,359thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1,440thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2,072nd
The Jingoistic States of
Iron Fist Consumerists
Songhan are the strongest
Influence
Nipper
Region
Civil Rights
Rare
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Outlawed

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Songhan

Population12.387 billion

CapitalLongdong
LeaderLeray Song
FaithSongism

CurrencySong
AnimalSongoose

The Jingoistic States of Songhan is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Leray Song with an iron fist, and notable for its otherworldly petting zoo, parental licensing program, and strictly enforced bedtime. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless, devout population of 12.387 billion Huangchengs are kept under strict control by the oppressive government, which measures its success by the nation's GDP and refers to individual citizens as "human resources."

The large, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Longdong. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 88.0%.

The frighteningly efficient Songhanian economy, worth a remarkable 2,480 trillion Songs a year, is broadly diversified and dominated by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Uranium Mining, Woodchip Exports, and Beef-Based Agriculture. Black market activity is rampant. Average income is an amazing 200,288 Songs, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 707,709 per year while the poor average 40,965, a ratio of 17.3 to 1.

Funeral directors are frequently looking at their watches during funerals, the government keeps its thumb on the scales of justice, unshaven men are viewed with suspicion in courts of law, and there's no representation without taxation. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Songhan's national animal is the Songoose, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Songism.

Songhan is ranked 160,252nd in the world and 6,356th in Lazarus for Most Average, scoring 27.9 on the Average Standardized Normality Scale.

Top
1%
Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 1,359thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1,440thTop
5%
Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2,072ndMost Corrupt Governments: 2,544thLowest Crime Rates: 2,656thLargest Mining Sector: 2,711thLargest Agricultural Sector: 2,714thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2,777thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 2,808thLargest Black Market: 2,844thMost Devout: 2,889thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 3,955thMost Avoided: 5,371stHighest Economic Output: 5,621stLargest Governments: 6,033rdMost Subsidized Industry: 6,084thHighest Average Incomes: 6,281stHealthiest Citizens: 7,750thLongest Average Lifespans: 9,099thHighest Average Tax Rates: 9,290thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 9,486thMost Advanced Public Transport: 9,500thTop
10%
Most Developed: 11,309thLargest Retail Industry: 14,926thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 15,083rdMost Authoritarian: 15,676thMost Efficient Economies: 19,512thLargest Populations: 19,979th
Top
5%
Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 82nd in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 85th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 108th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 143rd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 145th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 147th in the regionMost Devout: 147th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 154th in the regionLargest Black Market: 157th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 158th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 172nd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 235th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 266th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 271st in the regionMost Avoided: 300th in the regionLargest Governments: 302nd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 343rd in the regionTop
10%
Healthiest Citizens: 433rd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 484th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 497th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 534th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 611th in the regionMost Developed: 630th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 634th in the regionLargest Populations: 715th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 758th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Songhan, there's no representation without taxation.
  • : Following new legislation in Songhan, unshaven men are viewed with suspicion in courts of law.
  • : Songhan was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Largest Agricultural Sector.
  • : Following new legislation in Songhan, the government keeps its thumb on the scales of justice.
  • : Songhan was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Corrupt Governments.
  • : Songhan was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Advanced Public Education.
  • : Songhan was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Developed.
  • : Songhan's influence in Lazarus rose from "Newcomer" to "Nipper".
  • : Songhan was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector, the Top 5% for Most Advanced Public Transport, and the Top 10% for Largest Populations.
  • : Following new legislation in Songhan, funeral directors are frequently looking at their watches during funerals.

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