by Max Barry

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The Commonwealth of Cheloboria

“Slowly and surely”

Category: Scandinavian Liberal Paradise
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Regional Influence: Apprentice

Location: Forest



Population4.743 billion

LeaderPresident Elect


The Commonwealth of Cheloboria is a massive, socially progressive nation, ruled by President Elect with an even hand, and remarkable for its museums and concert halls, smutty television, and daily referendums. The compassionate, democratic population of 4.743 billion Cheloborians 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 Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Tortoburg. The average income tax rate is 91.9%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Cheloborian economy, worth 585 trillion Shells a year, is highly specialized and mostly made up of the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing and Tourism. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 123,413 Shells, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Government theft from poor artists to give to rich allies has been dubbed the "reverse Robin Hood" policy, little kids often wonder why strange grown-ups are following them around the soft play areas, chickens frolic freely on swings and roundabouts in Tortoburg's playgrounds, and out-of-work actors say they can't complain. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Cheloboria's national animal is the Tortoise, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Maguffinism.

Cheloboria is ranked 233,457th in the world and 400th in Forest for Most Primitive, scoring -337.93 on the Scary Big Number Scale.

Most Pacifist: 1,859thLeast Corrupt Governments: 1,994thBest Weather: 2,343rdMost Compassionate Citizens: 2,395thTop
Safest: 2,499thNicest Citizens: 2,793rdHealthiest Citizens: 2,978thMost Influential: 3,018thLongest Average Lifespans: 3,350thLargest Welfare Programs: 3,813thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 3,843rdMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3,907thMost Beautiful Environments: 4,003rdMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 4,062ndHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 4,327thMost Inclusive: 4,465thMost Advanced Public Education: 4,827thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 5,962ndLargest Publishing Industry: 6,187thLowest Crime Rates: 6,313thLargest Information Technology Sector: 6,484thSmartest Citizens: 6,526thHighest Average Tax Rates: 7,491stMost Cultured: 8,693rdLargest Governments: 9,562ndMost Developed: 10,084thHighest Poor Incomes: 10,380thMost Secular: 10,470thTop
Most Scientifically Advanced: 13,255thMost Advanced Public Transport: 19,913thMost Income Equality: 21,445thHighest Average Incomes: 22,136thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 23,607th
Least Corrupt Governments: 45th in the regionMost Pacifist: 45th in the regionSafest: 48th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 48th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 48th in the region

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