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Nudest: 2,450th Most Secular: 3,030th Most Pacifist: 3,605th
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Sophistan

Population1.921 billion

CapitalPolis
LeaderThe Council of Scholars
FaithPlatonism

CurrencyRupee
AnimalOwl

The Epistocratic Confederation of Sophistan is a massive, cultured nation, ruled by The Council of Scholars with an iron fist, and notable for its enforced nudity, punitive income tax rates, and restrictive gun laws. The compassionate, cynical population of 1.921 billion Sophists 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 enormous, corrupt, moralistic, socially-minded, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Education, Law & Order, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Polis. The average income tax rate is 91.3%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The Sophist economy, worth 149 trillion Rupees 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 Book Publishing industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology, Beef-Based Agriculture, and Furniture Restoration. Average income is 77,790 Rupees, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The Polis Film Festival recently voted 'Sophist Getting Hit By Football' as best film, citizens have an obligation to remain silent and anything they say may be used against them, couples wishing to marry spend months at the circus trying to learn acrobatics, and police officers have nearly cracked a major underage astronomy syndicate. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Sophistan's national animal is the Owl, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies, and its national religion is Platonism.

Sophistan is ranked 75,063rd in the world and 40th in South Pacific for Largest Furniture Restoration Industry, scoring 1,755.22 on the Spitz-Pollish Productivity Index.

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Nudest: 2,450thMost Secular: 3,030thMost Pacifist: 3,605thBest Weather: 4,303rdMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 4,357thLowest Crime Rates: 4,893rdMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 5,268thMost Authoritarian: 5,416thHealthiest Citizens: 5,647thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 6,076thMost Beautiful Environments: 6,185thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 6,666thHighest Average Tax Rates: 6,892ndMost Corrupt Governments: 6,902ndMost Income Equality: 7,159thTop
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Most Advanced Public Education: 8,754thLargest Publishing Industry: 8,920thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 10,913thMost Cultured: 11,072ndMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 13,334thMost Extreme: 13,507thLargest Governments: 13,653rdSmartest Citizens: 15,193rdSafest: 16,038th
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Most Secular: 1st in the regionMost Authoritarian: 3rd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 4th in the regionNudest: 4th in the regionMost Pacifist: 4th in the regionTop
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Most Extreme: 5th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 5th in the regionMost Conservative: 5th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 5th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 6th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 7th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 7th in the regionBest Weather: 8th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 8th in the regionMost Income Equality: 8th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 9th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Sophistan was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Safest.
  • : Following new legislation in Sophistan, police officers have nearly cracked a major underage astronomy syndicate.
  • : Following new legislation in Sophistan, couples wishing to marry spend months at the circus trying to learn acrobatics.
  • : Following new legislation in Sophistan, citizens have an obligation to remain silent and anything they say may be used against them.
  • : Following new legislation in Sophistan, the Polis Film Festival recently voted 'Sophist Getting Hit By Football' as best film.
  • : Following new legislation in Sophistan, the government considers it a sacred duty to video bikini-clad beach swimmers.
  • : Sophistan was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Conservative.
  • : Following new legislation in Sophistan, citizens may not "love, honor and obey" anyone except the State.
  • : Following new legislation in Sophistan, autopsies often involve only cursory examination.
  • : Following new legislation in Sophistan, the sound of wooden legs echo throughout Sophistan after the recent introduction of the Foot Tax.

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