by Max Barry

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The People's Republic of Echolilia

“It Was a Dark and Stormy Night”

Category: Left-wing Utopia
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Regional Influence: Page

Location: 10000 Islands



Population23.816 billion

CapitalEcholilia City
LeaderRepetitious Leader
FaithWhatever Religion You Like


The People's Republic of Echolilia is a gargantuan, genial nation, ruled by Repetitious Leader with a fair hand, and remarkable for its keen interest in outer space, ubiquitous missile silos, and stringent health and safety legislation. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful, devout population of 23.816 billion Echolilians are free to do what they want with their own bodies, and vote for whomever they like in elections; if they go into business, however, they are regulated to within an inch of their lives.

It is difficult to tell where the omnipresent, socially-minded, outspoken government stops and the rest of society begins, but it juggles the competing demands of Environment, Education, and Welfare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Echolilia City. The average income tax rate is 98.1%.

The enormous but underdeveloped Echolilian economy, worth a remarkable 1,239 trillion reiteratas a year, is driven almost entirely by government activity, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is extremely specialized, is mostly made up of the Book Publishing industry, with significant contributions from Cheese Exports. State-owned companies are the norm. Average income is 52,060 reiteratas, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Politicians tend to speak more loudly and slowly these days, carbon-footprint restrictions are making businesses walk, NationStates is now a popular brand of laxatives despite Max Barry's protests, and at least 1% of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs budget goes to Repetitious Leader's wardrobe. Crime is totally unknown. Echolilia's national animal is the octopus, which frolics freely in the nation's sparkling oceans, and its national religion is Whatever Religion You Like.

Echolilia is ranked 239,575th in the world and 1,204th in 10000 Islands for Highest Disposable Incomes, with 989.15 Standard Monetary Units.

Most Rebellious Youth: 772ndMost Beautiful Environments: 1,807thMost Pacifist: 1,970thLargest Welfare Programs: 2,336thHighest Average Tax Rates: 2,341stTop
Least Corrupt Governments: 2,422ndMost Cheerful Citizens: 2,615thMost Influential: 2,703rdMost Cultured: 2,796thNicest Citizens: 2,828thBest Weather: 2,837thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 2,942ndMost Compassionate Citizens: 3,074thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 3,151stHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 3,535thLargest Populations: 4,682ndLargest Governments: 5,266thMost Advanced Public Transport: 5,510thSafest: 5,520thHealthiest Citizens: 6,243rdSmartest Citizens: 6,606thLongest Average Lifespans: 9,232ndHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 10,582ndMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 10,707thTop
Most Advanced Public Education: 12,347thMost Inclusive: 13,174thMost Devout: 13,463rdHighest Economic Output: 14,394thMost Income Equality: 14,618thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 16,338thHighest Drug Use: 16,715thMost Politically Free: 22,178th
Most Rebellious Youth: 21st in the regionLargest Populations: 32nd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 33rd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 35th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 36th in the regionMost Pacifist: 44th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 45th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 46th in the regionMost Cultured: 55th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 59th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 60th in the regionNicest Citizens: 61st in the regionTop
Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 62nd in the regionBest Weather: 64th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 64th in the regionMost Income Equality: 64th in the regionMost Politically Free: 65th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 67th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 71st in the regionLargest Governments: 75th in the regionSafest: 103rd in the regionMost Devout: 113th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 115th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 122nd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Echolilia was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Least Corrupt Governments.
  • : Echolilia was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Highest Average Tax Rates.
  • : Echolilia was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Highest Average Tax Rates.
  • : Echolilia was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Highest Average Tax Rates.
  • : Echolilia's influence in 10000 Islands rose from "Unproven" to "Page".
  • : Echolilia relocated from Balder to 10000 Islands.
  • : Echolilia was refounded in Balder.
  • : Echolilia ceased to exist in 10000 Islands.
  • : Echolilia was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Highest Average Tax Rates and Largest Welfare Programs.
  • : Following new legislation in Echolilia, at least 1% of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs budget goes to Repetitious Leader's wardrobe.


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