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Largest Welfare Programs: 144th Least Corrupt Governments: 175th Most Inclusive: 176th
The Republic of
Liberal Democratic Socialists
Tenebris
Influence
Shoeshiner
Region
Civil Rights
Very Good
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Excellent

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Sotternis

Population3.613 billion

CapitalSott
LeaderGveskoyeno

Currencystelo
Animalraven

The Republic of Sotternis is a massive, efficient nation, ruled by Gveskoyeno with a fair hand, and remarkable for its rampant corporate plagiarism, state-planned economy, and punitive income tax rates. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 3.613 billion Sotternisians love a good election, and the government gives them plenty of them. Universities tend to be full of students debating the merits of various civil and political rights, while businesses are tightly regulated and the wealthy viewed with suspicion.

The government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked, socially-minded morass — juggles the competing demands of Education, Welfare, and Environment. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Sott. The income tax rate is 100%.

The frighteningly efficient Sotternisian economy, worth 681 trillion steloj a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is highly specialized, is led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Book Publishing and Tourism. Average income is an impressive 188,674 steloj, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The nation has welcomed its expats back with open arms, young children are learning advanced physics to scientifically disprove the existence of Santa Claus, doctors who mutter "Oh my God" often lose their medical license, and tax-payers are funding ever more extravagant movie projects. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Sotternis's national animal is the raven, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

Sotternis is ranked 148,875th in the world and 5,855th in the Pacific for Most Primitive, scoring -290.55 on the Scary Big Number Scale.

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Largest Welfare Programs: 144thLeast Corrupt Governments: 175thMost Inclusive: 176thMost Compassionate Citizens: 218thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 228thNicest Citizens: 261stSafest: 267thMost Pacifist: 281stHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 325thMost Advanced Public Education: 511thMost Developed: 538thHighest Average Tax Rates: 548thLongest Average Lifespans: 644thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 654thMost Subsidized Industry: 714thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 770thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 803rdLargest Governments: 928thMost Beautiful Environments: 1,022ndBest Weather: 1,048thLowest Crime Rates: 1,072ndMost Cheerful Citizens: 1,098thHealthiest Citizens: 1,100thMost Advanced Public Transport: 1,573rdTop
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Most Cultured: 1,635thSmartest Citizens: 1,670thHighest Poor Incomes: 1,860thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 4,531stHighest Average Incomes: 6,786thLargest Publishing Industry: 6,887thTop
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Most Efficient Economies: 8,828thMost Income Equality: 9,337thMost Secular: 14,704thMost Scientifically Advanced: 15,630th
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Largest Welfare Programs: 1st in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 3rd in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 4th in the regionSafest: 4th in the regionMost Inclusive: 4th in the regionMost Pacifist: 5th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 6th in the regionNicest Citizens: 6th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 6th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 11th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 12th in the regionBest Weather: 14th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 14th in the regionMost Developed: 15th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 15th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 19th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 19th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 21st in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 22nd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 22nd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 22nd in the regionLargest Governments: 25th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 28th in the regionMost Cultured: 33rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 36th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 39th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 52nd in the regionTop
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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 106th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 152nd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 157th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 184th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 302nd in the regionTop
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Most Stationary: 346th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 398th in the regionMost Influential: 427th in the regionMost Income Equality: 439th in the regionMost Secular: 448th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 465th in the regionLargest Populations: 512th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 547th in the regionNudest: 593rd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Sotternis, tax-payers are funding ever more extravagant movie projects.
  • : Following new legislation in Sotternis, doctors who mutter "Oh my God" often lose their medical license.
  • : Following new legislation in Sotternis, young children are learning advanced physics to scientifically disprove the existence of Santa Claus.
  • : Following new legislation in Sotternis, the nation has welcomed its expats back with open arms.
  • : Following new legislation in Sotternis, stuttering trypanophobes are doomed never to marry.
  • : Following new legislation in Sotternis, criminals and college students are taking an interest in the government's new weed-killing program.
  • : Following new legislation in Sotternis, government ministers sport new billboards that read 'Will Trade Votes for Private Members' Bill Support'.
  • : Following new legislation in Sotternis, the government only invests in infrastructure after a natural disaster.
  • : Following new legislation in Sotternis, it is not politically correct to suspect that a serially convicted burglar might steal again.
  • : Following new legislation in Sotternis, the new intercity submarine SSN Raven Warrior instills terror in claustrophobic travellers.

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