by Max Barry

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Most Inclusive: 4th Largest Welfare Programs: 8th Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 14th
The Eternal Misfortune of
Liberal Democratic Socialists
Stop reading my motto!
Civil Rights
Very Good
Political Freedom

Overview Policies People Government Economy Rank Trend Deck


Population7.997 billion

CapitalThalasse City

AnimalRadioactive Butterfly

The Eternal Misfortune of Thalasse is a colossal, socially progressive nation, notable for its anti-smoking policies, punitive income tax rates, and stringent health and safety legislation. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 7.997 billion Thalasseans 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 large, socially-minded, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Education, Environment, and Welfare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Thalasse City. The income tax rate is 100%.

The frighteningly efficient Thalassean economy, worth a remarkable 1,849 trillion Flowers a year, is driven almost entirely by government activity, with private enterprise illegal. 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 an amazing 231,256 Flowers, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Genetic researchers have been expelled, 100-year-old politicians are now a thing of the past, birth rates have hit an all-time low, and the realistic depiction of tentacles is on the core syllabus of most art schools. Crime is totally unknown. Thalasse's national animal is the Radioactive Butterfly, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

Thalasse is ranked 53rd in the world and 2nd in the South Pacific for Most Advanced Public Education, scoring 43,532.32 on the Edu-tellignce® Test Score.

Most Inclusive: 4thLargest Welfare Programs: 8thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 14thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 25thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 27thMost Developed: 30thMost Compassionate Citizens: 32ndNicest Citizens: 36thLeast Corrupt Governments: 38thBest Weather: 38thLongest Average Lifespans: 47thMost Advanced Public Education: 53rdMost Pacifist: 61stMost Beautiful Environments: 70thHealthiest Citizens: 72ndMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 88thMost Cheerful Citizens: 96thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 104thHighest Average Tax Rates: 190thLargest Governments: 196thSafest: 204thMost Subsidized Industry: 241stMost Cultured: 306thMost Advanced Public Transport: 428thMost Rebellious Youth: 541stHighest Poor Incomes: 660thLowest Crime Rates: 661stSmartest Citizens: 1,090thTop
Highest Average Incomes: 3,496thMost Efficient Economies: 4,731stMost Income Equality: 5,105thHighest Economic Output: 6,094thTop
Most Influential: 9,328thMost Stationary: 11,740thNudest: 13,572nd
Most Inclusive: 1st in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Pacifist: 1st in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 1st in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1st in the regionNicest Citizens: 1st in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 2nd in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 2nd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 2nd in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 2nd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 3rd in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 3rd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 4th in the regionLargest Governments: 4th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 4th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 4th in the regionBest Weather: 4th in the regionMost Developed: 4th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 5th in the regionSafest: 6th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 9th in the regionMost Cultured: 10th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 11th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 15th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 17th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 21st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 32nd in the regionTop
Most Efficient Economies: 83rd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 95th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 99th in the regionMost Stationary: 221st in the regionMost Income Equality: 248th in the regionLargest Populations: 267th in the regionNudest: 314th in the regionTop
Most Influential: 568th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Thalasse, the realistic depiction of tentacles is on the core syllabus of most art schools.
  • : Following new legislation in Thalasse, birth rates have hit an all-time low.
  • : Following new legislation in Thalasse, 100-year-old politicians are now a thing of the past.
  • : Following new legislation in Thalasse, genetic researchers have been expelled.
  • : Following new legislation in Thalasse, a formerly quiet little town is now booming as both a cult centre and a tourist attraction.
  • : Following new legislation in Thalasse, the nation is currently revamping its entire education system.
  • : Following new legislation in Thalasse, any citizen who cries is immediately assigned a psychiatrist.
  • : Following new legislation in Thalasse, the latest Harry Potter book is a bestseller.
  • : Following new legislation in Thalasse, elderly citizens regularly buy posh multimillion-Flower mansions.
  • : Following new legislation in Thalasse, ten-year-olds are applying for lemonade stand operator licences.


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