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The Commonwealth of Magellum

“Semper Prorsum”

Category: Left-wing Utopia
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World Benchmark
Political Freedoms:

Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: The North Pacific



Population1.006 billion

LeaderCaretaker Ferdinand Magellan


The Commonwealth of Magellum is a massive, safe nation, ruled by Caretaker Ferdinand Magellan with a fair hand, and remarkable for its museums and concert halls, daily referendums, and absence of drug laws. The compassionate, democratic population of 1.006 billion Magellans 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, liberal, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Education, Welfare, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Trinidad. The average income tax rate is 79.2%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The strong Magellan economy, worth 66.0 trillion pounds a year, is highly specialized and mostly made up of the Tourism industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing, Furniture Restoration, and Information Technology. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is 65,633 pounds, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Skateparks can be found in every city, it takes months to get the proper permits for a child's first tricycle, dynamite sales and concert audiences are booming, and ghost regiments exist only on paper. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Magellum's national animal is the egret, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Magellum is ranked 111,101st in the world and 4,642nd in The North Pacific for Largest Furniture Restoration Industry, scoring 1,537.08 on the Spitz-Pollish Productivity Index.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 1,322ndMost Influential: 2,205thTop
Largest Welfare Programs: 4,333rdLeast Corrupt Governments: 4,674thMost Valuable International Artwork: 6,164thBest Weather: 7,147thMost Compassionate Citizens: 7,650thNicest Citizens: 8,056thMost Inclusive: 8,717thMost Beautiful Environments: 11,045thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 12,024thTop
Most Pacifist: 12,221stMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 12,322ndHealthiest Citizens: 12,454thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 14,064thLongest Average Lifespans: 14,089thMost Advanced Public Transport: 14,368thHighest Drug Use: 15,720thHighest Average Tax Rates: 16,007thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 16,321stSafest: 18,354thMost Advanced Public Education: 19,822ndMost Extensive Civil Rights: 20,762ndMost Secular: 21,760thSmartest Citizens: 21,849thMost Income Equality: 22,295thMost Cultured: 22,595thLowest Crime Rates: 22,598thMost Cheerful Citizens: 23,030th
Highest Drug Use: 193rd in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 211th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 262nd in the regionBest Weather: 412th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 433rd in the regionNicest Citizens: 453rd in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 492nd in the regionTop
Most Inclusive: 532nd in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 550th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 603rd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 619th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 631st in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 646th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 680th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 712th in the regionMost Pacifist: 725th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 788th in the regionMost Influential: 811th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 816th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 908th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 922nd in the regionSafest: 989th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Magellum was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Cultured.
  • : Magellum was endorsed by The Republic of Tsandonown.
  • : Following new legislation in Magellum, ghost regiments exist only on paper.
  • : Following new legislation in Magellum, dynamite sales and concert audiences are booming.
  • : Following new legislation in Magellum, it takes months to get the proper permits for a child's first tricycle.
  • : Following new legislation in Magellum, skateparks can be found in every city.
  • : Magellum was endorsed by The Fеdеral Rеpublic of Seanat.
  • : Following new legislation in Magellum, things are looking up for patients accidentally prescribed erectile dysfunction medication.
  • : Following new legislation in Magellum, space shuttles are lying silent on the runway till the Space Agency can work out how to fit a creche and a meditation room into their next spacecraft.
  • : Following new legislation in Magellum, street preachers spend more time condemning government bureaucracy than passers-by.


World Assembly

Endorsements Received: 165 » Dar es Saalam, Eri-Maqa-Ena, Guer Aike, Sikol, Former English Colony, Lulubellia, Corfad, Draconian Progression, Religioncord, Newpromisedland, Zzozona, Orado, Kocherian, North Bratislava, The Rhein States, Interdimensional Zone, Navsland, Wilkshire, Siwale, Territorio di Nessuno, Sil Dorsett, Koda-Land, Ravendi, Shibutani, Hardscrabble, Seenvorland, Sundred, Aerilia, The Peoples Republic of Kyle, Hamerica, PotatoFarmers, WeKnow, Chips and Guac, Empy, The Tampa Bay Rays, Heilhum Imperius, Brucklania, Kragsgale, Xagill, Yaorozu, Omnistria, Dabarastan, Vincone Cae, Great Bights Mum, Ethnon, Loutsland, New Lakemba, Fauzjhia, Notyoutopia, Morover, and 115 others.The Democratic Kingdom Of Skaraborg, Dreadton, Joodey, Valentine Z, Bankowiata, Merconitonitopia, Maclare, Selfgradatude, Votak Matim, El Fiji Grande, Kranostav, Nationeer, Highton Islands, Shadowrik, Pytong, Pallaith, Kazoo Basin, Xipher, Cretox State, Outer Shenendoah, Frances Francis the First of France, Kobagia, Andexia, Ozstan, 1 very fast endotarter, Holy Oranz, Alice Gardens, The Stratosphere Islands, Sunto, Maratabat, U S Eh, Pasargad, The Iron Lions, Venicea, Imperial Pieserged, The Pantheons, Wineclaw, Leewood, Sevinland, Shinjuku tokyo 0, Supreme Leader Hadrian, Libertania Democratica, The Serdey Islands, Slyakanya, Odelinor, Simone Republic, Yokciq Empire, Malta Comino Gozo, East Akra, Nodnarb, Yellops, Daiz, Hewani, Climeria, Seijitsu, Colfes, Blyskalia, Republica Guilleana, Port Naga, Godwanna, Galbadiana, Svenskskit, Bharathvarsh, His Enduring Majesty, Illusia and Neverendia, Star Kingdom, Xentherida, Innocentic, Hyphen, Runeda, Planes, Super Girl, Madjack, The Mazur Empire, The AnCap Pirate Utopia, Sachi, Nalver And, McMasterdonia, Aeolist, Strongwill, Moubarakistan, Vesteysia, Barabolia, Francois Isidore, Valgarda, Free Salvation, Wisconsota, Zemnaya Svoboda, Maott, Sanjurika, Figyjharli, Wapistan, Trumpski, Travislavania, Dangine, Questann, Lol2639, Siforpeo, Kromi, Ellbonnia, Tyirza, Clan Spaniel, Xyrron, Aryan Homeland, BTProductions, Uzbek Khan, Steampunk Ariel, Alexander the Magnus, Mon Island, Siberian Workforce, Nagaur, Korean-Joseon, Defense For The World Assembly, Seanat, and Tsandonown.

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