by Max Barry

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Most Cheerful Citizens: 3rd Nicest Citizens: 4th Most Compassionate Citizens: 12th
The United Socialist States of
Left-wing Utopia
We Own Y'all!
Regional Influence
Civil Rights
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The United Socialist States of Span is a gargantuan, safe nation, ruled by M Shobacus Maz with a fair hand, and notable for its smutty television, multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, and devotion to social welfare. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful, devout population of 31.44 billion Spanners 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 relatively small, liberal, outspoken government prioritizes Education, with Environment, Welfare, and Law & Order also on the agenda, while International Aid is ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Maz. The average income tax rate is 66.9%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The enormous but inefficient Spanner economy, worth a remarkable 5,235 trillion spannies a year, is highly specialized and led by the Book Publishing industry, with major contributions from Tourism, Trout Farming, and Automobile Manufacturing. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 166,509 spannies, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Only clowns with PhDs from clown college can advise M Shobacus Maz on Span's coulrophobia epidemic, wind farms are erected on shuttered oil platforms, elevator music has been replaced by thrash metal played at maximum volume, and late night adverts for breast milk co-ops regularly win pornography industry awards. Crime is totally unknown. Span's national animal is the donkey, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Span is ranked 151,508th in the world and 7,501st in The North Pacific for Fattest Citizens, with 0.89 Obesity Rate.

Most Cheerful Citizens: 3rdNicest Citizens: 4thMost Compassionate Citizens: 12thBest Weather: 16thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 26thMost Pacifist: 31stLongest Average Lifespans: 41stMost Beautiful Environments: 43rdLeast Corrupt Governments: 56thHealthiest Citizens: 86thMost Devout: 94thLargest Publishing Industry: 106thSmartest Citizens: 115thLargest Populations: 119thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 145thSafest: 165thMost Cultured: 240thLowest Crime Rates: 240thMost Influential: 335thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 504thMost Stationary: 710thMost Rebellious Youth: 937thHighest Economic Output: 940thTop
Most Inclusive: 2,217thHighest Poor Incomes: 2,618thLargest Governments: 3,445thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 3,987thMost Scientifically Advanced: 4,031stMost Extensive Civil Rights: 5,268thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 6,199thMost Politically Free: 6,762ndTop
Highest Average Incomes: 8,249thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 10,181stMost Advanced Public Education: 13,317thHighest Drug Use: 13,384th
Most Cheerful Citizens: 1st in the regionNicest Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Populations: 2nd in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 2nd in the regionBest Weather: 3rd in the regionMost Pacifist: 3rd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 3rd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 3rd in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 3rd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 4th in the regionMost Devout: 5th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 5th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 6th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 6th in the regionMost Cultured: 9th in the regionSafest: 13th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 18th in the regionMost Stationary: 19th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 22nd in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 24th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 32nd in the regionTop
Most Influential: 93rd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 121st in the regionMost Inclusive: 125th in the regionLargest Governments: 126th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 130th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 131st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 187th in the regionMost Politically Free: 199th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 199th in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 275th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 337th in the regionTop
Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 464th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 549th in the regionNudest: 553rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 630th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Span, late night adverts for breast milk co-ops regularly win pornography industry awards.
  • : Following new legislation in Span, elevator music has been replaced by thrash metal played at maximum volume.
  • : Span was endorsed by The Potato Peeling Poltergeists of Sanjurika.
  • : Following new legislation in Span, wind farms are erected on shuttered oil platforms.
  • : Following new legislation in Span, only clowns with PhDs from clown college can advise M Shobacus Maz on Span's coulrophobia epidemic.
  • : Following new legislation in Span, matryoshka dolls resembling nested Death Stars are commonly sold.
  • : Span was endorsed by The United Kingdom of Kizja.
  • : Span was endorsed by The Empire of Hongmin.
  • : Span was endorsed by The Allied States of Octal Regn.
  • : Following new legislation in Span, an aboriginal talking stick is used for leaders' debates at election time.


World Assembly

Endorsements Received: 248 » Fengate, Herzliyya, Yaorozu, Whereisthatistan, Novare Res, Elevation, Oneofakynd, Former English Colony, Selfgradatude, Unimaginable Doom, Jefffliu, Renetopia, Venezuelia, Calamazo, HMS Unicorn, Zeroxis, Dutchyland, The Teddy, Francovania, Great Bights Mum, Malvad, Chinstralia, Nubianica, Sadakoyama, Republic of Destiny, Eglise Sainte Eve, The Big Bad Boo, Shadowrik, Necromonia, Daedric Stellar Empire, Kingdom of Space, Saint Tomaston, South Isles, Yukti, Zerophix, Karazan, New Lakemba, Syrixia, New Trisone, ShortBusCrashed, The Rossinite Empire, Ponies and Princesses, The Army Republic of Prussia, Anarchy Sites, Magna Romaniae, Felpolandia, Ultima Terra, Arach-Naga Combine, Apetopia, Chris Hallett, and 198 others.Merconitonitopia, New Sekai, Xentherida, Ceretis, Amerian States, Notyoutopia, Commonwealth of Transcaspia, Esplandia, Lagondia, The Swedish Republic of New Kenya, Lionia, Guslantis, Tokaryk, Sunto, Uplon, Barbarossistanian South Brasilistan, Frances Francis the First of France, Corfad, United Brunstovia, The Isle of Grossmania, Surrus, Ziko, Kelvaros Prime, Bharathvarsh, Thneedtown, Celreostia, New Phyrreus, Pasargad, Norfolk Isle Democratic Union, Highton Islands, Hadjout, Meritdom, Manticore utopia, Elspeth and Samina, Walter Jackson, Yatzatz, Yeraennus, Zyvetskistaahn, Soverenia, Slavael, French Bananastan, Peytonamia, Sankami, Sacrento, Vantaria, OPArsenal, Choistan, Bayern-Straubing, Vegetarian States, Sil Dorsett, Godly City, Tremagne de Taelmia, Wisconsota, Avalon, Bohseon, American MapleStory, Holy Oranz, Gorinchem and Hoog-Hoornaar, Cullins, The Kyziban Islands, Democratic Peoples Republic of the US, Republic of Dixie, Ovsterland, The Mazur Empire, Wineclaw, MDIland, SchoolHouse Rock, Morrn, Australian Confederated States, New Ganjastan, Upper Sam Dodovi, Cyanos, Religioncord, Arcadia of Kasterborous, New Transeurasia, Dopeland420, Siwale, The Democratic Republic of Tomb, Malta Comino Gozo, Moubarakistan, Southern Stroraia, Solestia, Helido, Upper Portlandia, Enosville, Sophista, Coemgen, GeorgeTheMiner, Crodaria, Farrel, Kaschovia, The United Chase States, Kyrianian, Alice Gardens, Lord Ravenclaw, Valdr, Love Palace, Vazali, Befflandya, Empire of the Dark Lords of the Sith, Wolfensjaeger, Adkins Station, Mercy Land, Brandenburg-Magdeburg, StormRose, BouncyAbbeyKitty, Omicron Persei V111, Panama Coalition, Tyrassueb, New Chilokver, Unionist Socialist District, Cloydicia, SORT, Ivalex, Altisia, Ubervania, Ainsworth, Heritage Quay, Temmff, Get Away From Me, Vauren, Ice and Tinian, Peace and Cooperation, Pallaith, Catspaw, Thenaca, Buckerino, Valley of Diamonds, Spherus Magna Imperium, ABC, Rukonia, DeGuts, Gnate, Vszeklina, Marsh Castle, Fabianbourg, Kwaj, Bonjoura, Wildes, Beladev, New Kareenia, Pria Xennes, Great Solordia, Holy Marcus Empire, Southern Allican, Yinzhaohan3, Tinhampton, Ilisseia, Skormsruins, Jobingeldutcrand Islands, Lupus Imperium, Aragael, Neo-Zeno, General COE, Wintariu, Tee Googly Coffee Me, Puczovska, Reannia, Wicheye, Fauyotte, Moristia, Friently, Boszu, ZimRobwe, Elias Mac II, Cato Minoria, Hong Kong Empire, South Grand Mountain, Bikeni Jobia, Lavanania, Shin-Hachioji, Vyxizzizz Qae Laamnaal Zoq Vaandraleshik, Kobagia, Imperial Pene Rounitrang, Faxfleet, Che Sana Und, Das People, Lamexanope, Freyford, Cleoskye, Legique, The United Front of Patriotic Fascists, Nakyr, Kujira, Ostrinios, Victoriaans Nederlands, Diodone, Zedeya, Zokk, WE Empire, Libera Publica, Southern Dracs, Forunte, Anima Proxa, Octal Regn, Hongmin, Kizja, and Sanjurika.

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