by Max Barry

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Largest Mining Sector: 5,549thMost Influential: 7,633rdHighest Disposable Incomes: 15,939th
The Mercian Emperor of
Father Knows Best State
I'm an Emperor lol
Eminence Grise
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Population6.302 billion



The Mercian Emperor of Sotasky is a colossal, orderly nation, ruled by Me with an iron fist, and remarkable for its zero percent divorce rate, ubiquitous missile silos, and multi-spousal wedding ceremonies. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 6.302 billion Sotaskians 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 medium-sized, corrupt, 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 Grenwich. The average income tax rate is 45.3%.

The frighteningly efficient Sotaskian economy, worth 816 trillion Eispeds a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Uranium Mining, Retail, and Information Technology. Black market activity is extensive. Average income is an impressive 129,499 Eispeds, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 3.5 times as much as the poorest.

Me is the self-declared God of all Sotasky, young men in tiny bikinis draw neither comment nor stares on the morning commute, public loudspeakers constantly tell citizens they are "happy people", and banana distribution among collective farm workers is an important topic in public discourse. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Sotasky's national animal is the Tiger, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is Merciam.

Sotasky is ranked 229,613th in the world and 42nd in Merciam for Most Primitive, scoring -99.07 on the Scary Big Number Scale.

Largest Mining Sector: 5,549thMost Influential: 7,633rdTop
Highest Disposable Incomes: 15,939thMost Corrupt Governments: 16,090thLargest Retail Industry: 17,062ndMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 19,461stLargest Black Market: 20,097thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 22,953rdMost Advanced Defense Forces: 23,808thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 24,514thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 24,682ndMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 24,684thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 25,113thLargest Insurance Industry: 26,185thMost Efficient Economies: 26,798thHighest Average Incomes: 27,757thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 27,969thMost Subsidized Industry: 29,046th
Largest Mining Sector: 2nd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 3rd in the regionMost Influential: 3rd in the regionTop
Most Stationary: 4th in the regionLargest Populations: 5th in the regionNudest: 6th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 6th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Sotasky's influence in Merciam rose from "Enforcer" to "Eminence Grise".
  • : Sotasky's influence in Merciam rose from "Dealmaker" to "Enforcer".
  • : Sotasky was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Subsidized Industry.
  • : Sotasky resigned from the World Assembly.
  • : Sotasky was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Corrupt Governments.
  • : Sotasky's influence in Merciam rose from "Instigator" to "Dealmaker".
  • : Sotasky voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Repeal "Ban on Forced Blood Sports"".
  • : Sotasky voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Liberate yessssss".
  • : Sotasky was reclassified from "Compulsory Consumerist State" to "Father Knows Best State".
  • : Sotasky was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Subsidized Industry.