by Max Barry

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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 5,204thMost Authoritarian: 7,578thMost Influential: 9,389th
The National Soviet Republic of
Psychotic Dictatorship
Class and Race
Civil Rights
Unheard Of
Political Freedom

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Population693 million


AnimalDouble-Headed Eagle

The National Soviet Republic of Syktyvkara is a huge, orderly nation, remarkable for its state-planned economy, rampant corporate plagiarism, and stringent health and safety legislation. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 693 million Syktyvkarans are ruled without fear or favor by a psychotic dictator, who outlaws just about everything and refers to the populace as "my little playthings."

The enormous, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Syktyvkar. The average income tax rate is 79.7%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The sizeable but inefficient Syktyvkaran economy, worth 41.6 trillion Kolsans a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is quite specialized, is mostly made up of the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Trout Farming, Furniture Restoration, and Uranium Mining. Average income is 60,071 Kolsans, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Ice-filled coffins are ominously positioned in the corner of every hospital ward, pocket dialling is a criminal offence, military doctrine says not to open fire until you see the "beady little eyes" of Johnny Foreigner, and the nation has unofficially betrayed its values. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Syktyvkara's national animal is the Double-Headed Eagle, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to toxic air pollution.

Syktyvkara is ranked 223,876th in the world and 469th in The Leftist Assembly for Least Corrupt Governments, with 74.24 Percentage Of Bribes Refused.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 5,204thMost Authoritarian: 7,578thMost Influential: 9,389thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 11,240thTop
Most Conservative: 13,165thHighest Average Tax Rates: 15,670thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 15,689thLowest Crime Rates: 16,067thMost Corrupt Governments: 17,847thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 19,170thMost Secular: 19,266thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 19,328thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 20,131stMost Advanced Public Transport: 20,289thMost Income Equality: 20,300thLargest Governments: 22,947th
Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 11th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 13th in the regionMost Conservative: 14th in the regionMost Avoided: 21st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 23rd in the regionTop
Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 27th in the regionMost Extreme: 32nd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 38th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 40th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 41st in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 46th in the region

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