by Max Barry

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Most Valuable International Artwork: 372ndMost Compassionate Citizens: 406thNicest Citizens: 477th
The Republic of
Left-wing Utopia
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Population8.638 billion

LeaderOlaf Nieuwpoort


The Republic of Surd is a colossal, genial nation, ruled by Olaf Nieuwpoort with a fair hand, and notable for its smutty television, daily referendums, and stringent health and safety legislation. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 8.638 billion Surds 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 enormous, liberal, socially-minded, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Environment. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Fentanes. The income tax rate is 100%.

The frighteningly efficient Surdic economy, worth a remarkable 2,194 trillion Fioris 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 significant contributions from Tourism and Book Publishing. Average income is an amazing 254,062 Fioris, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Olaf Nieuwpoort always arrives fashionably late and smelling of mushrooms, politicians tend to speak more loudly and slowly these days, Maxtopian tourists make expensive pilgrimages to Fentanes to enjoy their national art, and voting for pro-Bigtopian candidates is voluntary. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Surd's national animal is the Robin, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Surd is ranked 232,670th in the world and 8,818th in Lazarus for Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector, scoring -26.98 on the Henry Ford Productivity Index.

Most Valuable International Artwork: 372ndMost Compassionate Citizens: 406thNicest Citizens: 477thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 515thMost Developed: 517thLongest Average Lifespans: 582ndMost Pacifist: 622ndSafest: 642ndHighest Average Tax Rates: 659thHealthiest Citizens: 678thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 679thLowest Crime Rates: 746thBest Weather: 781stMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 786thMost Advanced Public Education: 808thLargest Governments: 830thMost Beautiful Environments: 890thMost Inclusive: 903rdHighest Food Quality: 919thLargest Welfare Programs: 933rdSmartest Citizens: 1,016thLeast Corrupt Governments: 1,040thHighest Poor Incomes: 1,045thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1,149thMost Scientifically Advanced: 1,295thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 1,715thMost Cultured: 1,736thMost Secular: 1,783rdLargest Information Technology Sector: 1,898thMost Efficient Economies: 2,033rdMost Advanced Public Transport: 2,199thMost Patriotic: 2,270thMost Cheerful Citizens: 2,295thLargest Publishing Industry: 2,339thTop
Most Influential: 2,362ndHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 2,526thHighest Average Incomes: 3,429thMost Subsidized Industry: 3,648thHighest Economic Output: 7,754thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 11,488thTop
Most Income Equality: 12,210thMost Extensive Civil Rights: 20,982nd
Most Valuable International Artwork: 8th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 9th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 10th in the regionNicest Citizens: 12th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 13th in the regionMost Developed: 17th in the regionMost Influential: 17th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 20th in the regionMost Pacifist: 21st in the regionMost Inclusive: 23rd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 24th in the regionBest Weather: 27th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 29th in the regionHighest Food Quality: 29th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 30th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 30th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 31st in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 31st in the regionSafest: 32nd in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 32nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 33rd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 34th in the regionLargest Governments: 37th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 41st in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 43rd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 50th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 54th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 69th in the regionMost Cultured: 77th in the regionMost Secular: 77th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 79th in the regionMost Patriotic: 87th in the regionTop
Largest Publishing Industry: 91st in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 106th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 136th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 147th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 159th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 174th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 237th in the regionMost Income Equality: 314th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 409th in the regionTop
Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 645th in the regionMost Extreme: 758th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Surd endorsed The Principality of Erlengrat.
  • : Surd endorsed The Republic of Salvoknik.
  • : Following new legislation in Surd, voting for pro-Bigtopian candidates is voluntary.
  • : Following new legislation in Surd, Maxtopian tourists make expensive pilgrimages to Fentanes to enjoy their national art.
  • : Following new legislation in Surd, politicians tend to speak more loudly and slowly these days.
  • : Following new legislation in Surd, Olaf Nieuwpoort always arrives fashionably late and smelling of mushrooms.
  • : Surd was endorsed by The Autonomous Economic Zone of South Greesa.
  • : Surd was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Largest Publishing Industry.
  • : Following new legislation in Surd, prisoners have been known to host cooking and home décor television shows.
  • : Surd voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Preventing Identity Theft".


World Assembly

Endorsements Received: 120 » Treadwellia, Leonism, Belmallow, Aigania, Marcellinople, Nargorthia, Hukaa, Aaecilia, Axixic, Bongrovia, Debussy, Nippon Shotou Teikoku, Port Flynt, United States of Sarjania, Devinsburg, Owans, Emperor PJ, State of Cascadia, Burning Pants, Pepper Island Democratica Freeland Papri, Denado, Ashoy, Aleckandor, Issrak-om, Gloriton, The Sigometh Dynasty, Guiness Freaks, Winx club, Nucular, Ecchi Unlimited, Tjabino, Uhanda, Xalivstonia, Darcaethir, Flurf, Russiane, Zinertia, The Islands of Colwell, Mainze, 1482, Caybow, Imperial Saber, Lowelian, Fortytipper, Darkium, Bravenewworld, Courlany, Arkanik, Sandbrook, Paline, and 70 others.Nord Gronland, Zherid, Wishper, Grettana, TypoTech, Enjuku, Skin Nation The Second, Gorgonzola-, Highchii, Cyrilla, Canago, Klaisur, Dotian, Domais, Wassily Universal Rifling Company, New Rogernomics, Tinbo, Dimusoika, Hraban, Umuyyad, Tymak, Steel Vagabonds, Rionion, The Land of the Tardigrades, Augustenbuurg, The Gelseen Hegemony, Greater Serbian Lands, Silver Minner, Fellow Atheists and Skeptics, The ABQ, White Van inc, Bulgramania, Business States of America, Frankender, Capercom, The Salvation States, Proletarianssss, Cervidaea, Custadia, Maiestasia, Verketa, Aseran, Archinal, Nothark Vilum, Davidianian, The United Anglo-sphere, Yurp, Kamikaze89, Ottokratland, The Assyrian, The Celestial Lands, Cilorea, Kryansk, Fazrin, Mickey-Mouse, The Galuddlentus, KillerKahn, Mommano Dicus, Zanitsva, BarneyNice, Wowzabees, Starian Union, K3K, Tredestryan, Urdunistan, Amosiac, Greater East Portage, Tejeda, Hungaricia, and South Greesa.

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