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The Community of Sanstuary

“Si vis pacen para pacem”

Category: Democratic Socialists
Civil Rights:
Very Good
Very Strong
Political Freedoms:
Below Average

Regional Influence: Hatchling

Location: Balder



Population3.855 billion


The Community of Sanstuary is a massive, efficient nation, renowned for its compulsory vegetarianism, irreverence towards religion, and restrictive gun laws. The compassionate population of 3.855 billion Sanstuaryians are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The large government juggles the competing demands of Education, Environment, and Healthcare. The average income tax rate is 77.3%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The very strong Sanstuaryian economy, worth 341 trillion Golds 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 Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Book Publishing and Basket Weaving. Average income is 88,524 Golds, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Kids are taught in schools to argue with their parents, signs saying "No Poor People or Weirdoes" are common outside shops and cafés, light entertainment shows are light on actual entertainment, and the amount welfare recipients spend on fertilizer has exploded. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Sanstuary's national animal is the Ant, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Sanstuary is ranked 6,868th in the world and 326th in Balder for Most Cultured, scoring 129 on the Snufflebottom-Wiggendum Pentatonic Scale.

Most Compassionate Citizens: 2,041stNicest Citizens: 2,273rdMost Inclusive: 2,609thMost Pacifist: 2,754thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 3,194thBest Weather: 3,248thLargest Publishing Industry: 4,168thMost Beautiful Environments: 4,384thMost Rebellious Youth: 5,126thSafest: 5,226thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 5,245thLongest Average Lifespans: 5,357thMost Cheerful Citizens: 6,284thMost Cultured: 6,868thHealthiest Citizens: 7,206thMost Secular: 8,091stLeast Corrupt Governments: 8,267thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 8,297thTop
Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 8,666thLargest Welfare Programs: 9,809thLargest Information Technology Sector: 10,810thSmartest Citizens: 10,970thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 13,004thMost Advanced Public Education: 13,046thHighest Average Tax Rates: 14,850th
Most Compassionate Citizens: 64th in the regionTop
Nicest Citizens: 78th in the regionMost Inclusive: 97th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 117th in the regionMost Pacifist: 122nd in the regionBest Weather: 127th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 184th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 184th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 223rd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 230th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 264th in the regionSafest: 270th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 317th in the regionMost Cultured: 326th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 349th in the regionTop
Most Secular: 398th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 476th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 512th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 513th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 530th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 564th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 566th in the regionMost Income Equality: 620th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 717th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 723rd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Sanstuary's influence in Balder rose from "Unproven" to "Hatchling".
  • : Sanstuary's influence in Balder rose from "Zero" to "Unproven".
  • : Following new legislation in Sanstuary, the amount welfare recipients spend on fertilizer has exploded.
  • : Following new legislation in Sanstuary, light entertainment shows are light on actual entertainment.
  • : Following new legislation in Sanstuary, signs saying "No Poor People or Weirdoes" are common outside shops and cafés.
  • : Following new legislation in Sanstuary, kids are taught in schools to argue with their parents.
  • : Following new legislation in Sanstuary, any citizen who cries is immediately assigned a psychiatrist.
  • : Sanstuary was refounded in Balder.
  • : Sanstuary ceased to exist in The Rejected Realms.
  • : Sanstuary was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Least Corrupt Governments.


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