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The Serene Commonwealth of Deontologia

“Act only according to maxims that may be universal law.”

Category: Liberal Democratic Socialists
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World Benchmark

Regional Influence: Apprentice

Location: Forest



Population6.221 billion

LeaderPrime Minister Sir Henry C Buford
FaithFreedom of Faith


The Serene Commonwealth of Deontologia is a colossal, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Prime Minister Sir Henry C Buford with a fair hand, and notable for its keen interest in outer space, state-planned economy, and punitive income tax rates. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 6.221 billion Deontologians 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 enormous, outspoken government prioritizes Education, although Administration, Healthcare, and Welfare are also considered important, while Defense and Spirituality are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Kategoria. The average income tax rate is 98.3%.

The frighteningly efficient Deontologian economy, worth a remarkable 1,186 trillion Deontolls 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 impressive 190,673 Deontolls, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Would-be emigrants are told "abandon all hope all ye who would exit here", access to the woods is only granted to those who bring a small shrubbery, organ donation is compulsory, and most of the nation's wealthy aristocrats are dentists. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Deontologia's national animal is the Condor, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies, and its national religion is Freedom of Faith.

Deontologia is ranked 239,515th in the world and 436th in Forest for Most Primitive, scoring -482.58 on the Scary Big Number Scale.

Most Secular: 510thMost Pacifist: 849thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1,028thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 1,028thLargest Welfare Programs: 1,116thMost Developed: 1,146thMost Compassionate Citizens: 1,213thNicest Citizens: 1,233rdMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1,256thMost Advanced Public Education: 1,260thLongest Average Lifespans: 1,389thMost Cultured: 1,665thSafest: 1,679thHealthiest Citizens: 1,694thLeast Corrupt Governments: 1,724thSmartest Citizens: 1,794thMost Cheerful Citizens: 1,824thLowest Crime Rates: 1,850thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1,872ndHighest Average Tax Rates: 2,169thTop
Largest Governments: 2,587thLargest Publishing Industry: 2,715thMost Inclusive: 2,820thMost Beautiful Environments: 2,834thMost Efficient Economies: 2,977thMost Influential: 3,087thHighest Poor Incomes: 3,378thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 3,452ndMost Subsidized Industry: 3,976thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 4,476thMost Valuable International Artwork: 4,573rdLargest Information Technology Sector: 4,718thBest Weather: 4,745thMost Scientifically Advanced: 6,535thMost Advanced Public Transport: 7,514thHighest Average Incomes: 7,700thTop
Highest Economic Output: 15,413thMost Politically Free: 23,992ndMost Income Equality: 24,474th
Most Secular: 10th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 15th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 20th in the regionMost Pacifist: 20th in the regionMost Developed: 21st in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 21st in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 22nd in the regionTop
Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 25th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 25th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 25th in the regionMost Cultured: 27th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 27th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 27th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 27th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 29th in the regionNicest Citizens: 30th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 31st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 32nd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 34th in the regionSafest: 35th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 37th in the regionLargest Governments: 39th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 40th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 41st in the regionMost Politically Free: 43rd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 44th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Deontologia, most of the nation's wealthy aristocrats are dentists.
  • : Following new legislation in Deontologia, organ donation is compulsory.
  • : Following new legislation in Deontologia, access to the woods is only granted to those who bring a small shrubbery.
  • : Following new legislation in Deontologia, would-be emigrants are told "abandon all hope all ye who would exit here".
  • : Deontologia voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Long-Term Storage Of Produced Waste".
  • : Deontologia was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Income Equality.
  • : Deontologia voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Commend Kelssek".
  • : Following new legislation in Deontologia, some Deontologian athletes have defected to Blackacre after being denied the chance to compete in international sporting events.
  • : Following new legislation in Deontologia, burning twigs to keep warm while lost in the wild is now a felony.
  • : Following new legislation in Deontologia, farting etiquette is taught in schools.


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