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The Grand Duchy of Metania-Sol

“Chains are meant to be broken”

Category: Left-wing Utopia
Civil Rights:
Superb
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
World Benchmark

Regional Influence: Apprentice

Location: New Western Empire

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Metania-Sol

Population2.07 billion

CapitalBoreal
LeaderLucius Iceling
FaithThe Pantheon of Light

Currencyblade
Animalweasel

The Grand Duchy of Metania-Sol is a massive, cultured nation, ruled by Lucius Iceling with a fair hand, and remarkable for its museums and concert halls, national health service, and smutty television. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 2.07 billion Metania-Solians 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, Administration, and Welfare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Boreal. The average income tax rate is 96.4%.

The frighteningly efficient Metania-Solian economy, worth 342 trillion blades 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 165,488 blades, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Some Metania-Solian athletes have defected to Blackacre after being denied the chance to compete in international sporting events, recent protests against birds flying too low have resulted in bloodshed, construction workers evacuate work sites after finding sharp rocks on the ground, and visitors to Violet Rock City are stunned to learn that they must memorize the "99 Principles" before entering. Crime is totally unknown. Metania-Sol's national animal is the weasel, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is The Pantheon of Light.

Metania-Sol is ranked 4,003rd in the world and 13th in New Western Empire for Most Developed, scoring 95.15 on the Human Development Index.

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Largest Welfare Programs: 999thMost Compassionate Citizens: 1,425thMost Pacifist: 1,556thNicest Citizens: 1,601stLeast Corrupt Governments: 1,857thBest Weather: 2,189thTop
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Most Inclusive: 2,502ndLongest Average Lifespans: 2,701stHealthiest Citizens: 2,924thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 3,107thSafest: 3,304thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 3,325thHighest Food Quality: 3,347thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 3,373rdMost Beautiful Environments: 3,436thHighest Average Tax Rates: 3,646thLargest Publishing Industry: 3,793rdMost Developed: 4,003rdLargest Information Technology Sector: 4,372ndMost Advanced Public Education: 4,445thMost Cheerful Citizens: 4,567thLargest Governments: 4,580thSmartest Citizens: 4,788thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 4,827thHighest Poor Incomes: 4,933rdMost Secular: 4,997thMost Scientifically Advanced: 5,498thMost Efficient Economies: 5,559thMost Influential: 6,022ndMost Advanced Public Transport: 6,485thMost Subsidized Industry: 6,556thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 6,754thLowest Crime Rates: 7,029thMost Cultured: 7,716thMost Rebellious Youth: 8,310thMost Valuable International Artwork: 10,482ndHighest Average Incomes: 11,373rdTop
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Nudest: 11,925thMost Politically Free: 20,722ndHighest Drug Use: 21,799thMost Income Equality: 22,349th
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Largest Welfare Programs: 2nd in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 3rd in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 3rd in the regionMost Pacifist: 4th in the regionNicest Citizens: 4th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 5th in the regionSafest: 6th in the regionMost Inclusive: 6th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 6th in the regionBest Weather: 7th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 7th in the regionMost Politically Free: 8th in the regionHighest Food Quality: 8th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 8th in the regionTop
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Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 10th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 11th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 12th in the regionNudest: 13th in the regionMost Secular: 13th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 13th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 13th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 13th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 13th in the regionMost Developed: 13th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 13th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 14th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 15th in the regionMost Income Equality: 15th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 15th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 15th in the regionLargest Governments: 17th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 18th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Metania-Sol, visitors to Violet Rock City are stunned to learn that they must memorize the "99 Principles" before entering.
  • : Following new legislation in Metania-Sol, construction workers evacuate work sites after finding sharp rocks on the ground.
  • : Following new legislation in Metania-Sol, recent protests against birds flying too low have resulted in bloodshed.
  • : Metania-Sol voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Safety Regulations for Trade Route Canals".
  • : Metania-Sol was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Politically Free and Most Income Equality.
  • : Following new legislation in Metania-Sol, some Metania-Solian athletes have defected to Blackacre after being denied the chance to compete in international sporting events.
  • : Following new legislation in Metania-Sol, the tenet of free speech is held dear.
  • : Following new legislation in Metania-Sol, signatures have been replaced with illegible scribbles.
  • : Following new legislation in Metania-Sol, undersea volcanoes receive strongly worded letters for violating environmental regulations.
  • : Following new legislation in Metania-Sol, social media sites go into shutdown for days at a time to censor user content.

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