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Largest Governments: 219th Highest Average Tax Rates: 231st Most Pacifist: 290th
The Very Lovely Sultanate of
Left-wing Utopia
[first 12 notes of Dixie]
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Population22.243 billion

LeaderMaster of the Ordnance


The Very Lovely Sultanate of Splang is a gargantuan, genial nation, ruled by Master of the Ordnance with a fair hand, and renowned for its daily referendums, national health service, and public floggings. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful, devout population of 22.243 billion Splangians 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 large, socially-minded government juggles the competing demands of Environment, Education, and Welfare. The income tax rate is 100%.

The enormous but sluggish Splangian economy, worth a remarkable 1,849 trillion eyebrows a year, is driven almost entirely by government activity. The industrial sector is mostly comprised of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, although the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is 83,166 eyebrows, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Every product goes through extensive safety-testing by the government, students cut up leftover eyebrows during Arts and Crafts, the government has declared its commitment to multilateralism, and cities are engulfed by smog. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Splang's national animal is the armadillo, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Splang is ranked 161,468th in the world and 5,138th in Osiris for Greatest Rich-Poor Divides, with 1.15 Rich To Poor Income Ratio.

Largest Governments: 219thHighest Average Tax Rates: 231stMost Pacifist: 290thMost Beautiful Environments: 300thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 336thSafest: 493rdBest Weather: 570thLongest Average Lifespans: 632ndLowest Crime Rates: 636thMost Compassionate Citizens: 1,057thNicest Citizens: 1,284thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 1,564thTop
Smartest Citizens: 1,828thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1,856thLargest Welfare Programs: 1,896thHealthiest Citizens: 2,175thMost Advanced Public Transport: 3,011thLargest Populations: 3,044thMost Rebellious Youth: 3,148thLeast Corrupt Governments: 4,427thMost Scientifically Advanced: 4,634thMost Cheerful Citizens: 4,888thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 5,347thHighest Economic Output: 5,391stMost Inclusive: 5,455thMost Income Equality: 7,575thMost Cultured: 7,983rdTop
Most Advanced Public Education: 9,331stNudest: 11,691stHighest Poor Incomes: 15,031st
Largest Governments: 5th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 6th in the regionMost Pacifist: 8th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 9th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 14th in the regionSafest: 15th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 17th in the regionBest Weather: 21st in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 22nd in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 30th in the regionNicest Citizens: 34th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 50th in the regionTop
Largest Welfare Programs: 66th in the regionLargest Populations: 68th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 74th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 82nd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 84th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 126th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 132nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 144th in the regionMost Inclusive: 158th in the regionMost Income Equality: 170th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 172nd in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 177th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 211th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 230th in the regionTop
Most Cultured: 304th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 412th in the regionNudest: 440th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Splang's influence in Osiris rose from "Unproven" to "Hatchling".
  • : Splang's influence in Osiris rose from "Zero" to "Unproven".
  • : Splang was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Highest Foreign Aid Spending.
  • : Splang was refounded in Osiris.
  • : Splang ceased to exist.
  • : Splang's influence in Balder rose from "Newcomer" to "Nipper".
  • : Splang's influence in Balder rose from "Hatchling" to "Newcomer".
  • : Splang's influence in Balder rose from "Unproven" to "Hatchling".
  • : Splang's influence in Balder rose from "Zero" to "Unproven".
  • : Following new legislation in Splang, cities are engulfed by smog.


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