by Max Barry

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The United Socialist States of Idilla

“Love, happiness, equality”

Category: Left-wing Utopia
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Regional Influence: Minnow

Location: the South Pacific



Population618 million



The United Socialist States of Idilla is a huge, environmentally stunning nation, renowned for its state-planned economy, compulsory vegetarianism, and stringent health and safety legislation. The compassionate, democratic population of 618 million Idillans 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.

The enormous, socially-minded government juggles the competing demands of Education, Welfare, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Vysiyra. The average income tax rate is 76.5%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The sizeable but stagnant Idillan economy, worth 10.3 trillion Niloes 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 mostly made up of the Trout Farming industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology, Book Publishing, and Furniture Restoration. Average income is 16,731 Niloes, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

It's been a banner year for local vexillology, most ambassadors from Idilla retire only a few years after being appointed, nations that kill an Idillan can expect a strongly worded letter, and the weather report is the prisoners' favourite programme. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Idilla's national animal is the turtle, which frolics freely in the nation's sparkling oceans.

Idilla is ranked 57,755th in the world and 2,027th in the South Pacific for Most Scientifically Advanced, scoring 90.06 on the Kurzweil Singularity Index.

Most Income Equality: 2,095thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3,652ndTop
Nicest Citizens: 14,282ndMost Compassionate Citizens: 14,815thHighest Average Tax Rates: 15,598th
Most Income Equality: 97th in the regionTop
Highest Average Tax Rates: 397th in the regionNicest Citizens: 486th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 522nd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 611th in the regionMost Inclusive: 687th in the region

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