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The People's Republic of Bolshoy Syr

“Eat my cheese!”

Category: Scandinavian Liberal Paradise
Civil Rights:
Excellent
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Excellent

Regional Influence: Hatchling

Location: Lazarus

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Bolshoy Syr

Population2.722 billion

CapitalAdamsgrad
LeaderPresident Adams

CurrencyKarlat
AnimalBear

The People's Republic of Bolshoy Syr is a massive, genial nation, ruled by President Adams with an even hand, and notable for its multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, free-roaming dinosaurs, and daily referendums. The compassionate, democratic population of 2.722 billion Bolshoy Syrans enjoy extensive civil rights and enjoy a level of social equality free from the usual accompanying government corruption.

The enormous government juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Welfare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Adamsgrad. The average income tax rate is 90.7%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Bolshoy Syrian economy, worth 272 trillion Karlats 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 led by the Tourism industry, with major contributions from Trout Farming, Information Technology, and Basket Weaving. Average income is an impressive 100,286 Karlats, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

People can get away with murder these days, bitter pastors forced to officiate gay marriage 'accidentally' pronounce couples "husband and abomination", school football matches are usually five-a-side, and idyllic countryside scenes see border collies herding sixty-ton dinosaurs. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Bolshoy Syr's national animal is the Bear, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Bolshoy Syr is ranked 32,284th in the world and 1,744th in Lazarus for Highest Average Incomes, with 100,286.23 Standard Monetary Units.

Top
5%
Largest Welfare Programs: 2,766thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 2,995thMost Pacifist: 4,108thLeast Corrupt Governments: 4,565thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 4,808thMost Inclusive: 5,825thMost Compassionate Citizens: 6,011thNicest Citizens: 6,058thSafest: 6,530thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 6,598thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 7,127thHighest Average Tax Rates: 7,814thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 8,054thMost Cheerful Citizens: 8,148thLongest Average Lifespans: 9,241stTop
10%
Most Advanced Public Education: 10,313thHealthiest Citizens: 10,954thMost Advanced Public Transport: 12,138thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 12,703rdHighest Poor Incomes: 12,932ndMost Cultured: 13,853rdLargest Governments: 14,247thMost Beautiful Environments: 14,631stBest Weather: 14,688thMost Developed: 14,815thLowest Crime Rates: 14,889thMost Subsidized Industry: 15,811thSmartest Citizens: 16,818thMost Secular: 17,459thMost Income Equality: 18,886thMost Rebellious Youth: 19,077th
Top
5%
Largest Welfare Programs: 145th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 183rd in the regionMost Pacifist: 195th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 246th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 250th in the regionMost Inclusive: 263rd in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 263rd in the regionNicest Citizens: 270th in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 293rd in the regionSafest: 357th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 358th in the regionTop
10%
Most Cheerful Citizens: 441st in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 465th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 473rd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 514th in the regionMost Income Equality: 554th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 564th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 634th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 747th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 747th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Bolshoy Syr's influence in Lazarus rose from "Unproven" to "Hatchling".
  • : Bolshoy Syr's influence in Lazarus rose from "Zero" to "Unproven".
  • : Bolshoy Syr was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Advanced Public Education.
  • : Following new legislation in Bolshoy Syr, idyllic countryside scenes see border collies herding sixty-ton dinosaurs.
  • : Following new legislation in Bolshoy Syr, school football matches are usually five-a-side.
  • : Following new legislation in Bolshoy Syr, bitter pastors forced to officiate gay marriage 'accidentally' pronounce couples "husband and abomination".
  • : Following new legislation in Bolshoy Syr, people can get away with murder these days.
  • : Following new legislation in Bolshoy Syr, workers of "fairweather faith" claim six months of paid leave for holy days per year.
  • : Bolshoy Syr was refounded in Lazarus.
  • : Bolshoy Syr ceased to exist in The United Federations.

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