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The Commonwealth of Silage

“Utile Dulci”

Category: New York Times Democracy
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Regional Influence: Squire

Location: Balder



Population29.058 billion

LeaderAnyho Escort


The Commonwealth of Silage is a gargantuan, safe nation, ruled by Anyho Escort with a fair hand, and renowned for its museums and concert halls, sprawling nuclear power plants, and national health service. The compassionate, democratic, devout population of 29.058 billion Silageans enjoy a sensible mix of personal and economic freedoms, while the political process is open and the people's right to vote held sacrosanct.

The large, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Education, Environment, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Clamp. The average income tax rate is 95.1%.

The Silagean economy, worth a remarkable 2,277 trillion Litres a year, is driven almost entirely by government activity. The industrial sector is mostly comprised of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, although the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is 78,360 Litres, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 4.9 times as much as the poorest.

Open-casket funerals are avoided at all cost, pawn shop reality shows dominate basic cable, grumpy old house owners demand that pedestrians get off their footpaths, and nouveau riche farmers diligently take care of their golden calf herds. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Silage's national animal is the cow, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Silage is ranked 152,401st in the world and 5,925th in Balder for Largest Retail Industry, scoring -21.95 on the Shrinkwrap Consignment Productivity Index.

Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 1,693rdMost Pacifist: 1,851stMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1,886thLargest Populations: 1,908thLargest Welfare Programs: 1,991stMost Beautiful Environments: 2,015thBest Weather: 2,412thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 2,726thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 2,793rdMost Advanced Public Transport: 2,946thMost Rebellious Youth: 3,109thLongest Average Lifespans: 3,214thMost Advanced Public Education: 4,152ndLargest Governments: 4,245thLeast Corrupt Governments: 4,294thNicest Citizens: 4,490thMost Cheerful Citizens: 4,584thHighest Average Tax Rates: 4,607thMost Compassionate Citizens: 4,612thHighest Economic Output: 5,121stSmartest Citizens: 5,555thHealthiest Citizens: 5,968thSafest: 6,121stMost Cultured: 6,703rdMost Stationary: 6,887thLowest Crime Rates: 7,181stTop
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 8,303rdMost Influential: 9,215thMost Inclusive: 11,494thMost Devout: 14,655th
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 47th in the regionLargest Populations: 50th in the regionMost Stationary: 60th in the regionTop
Most Beautiful Environments: 67th in the regionMost Influential: 72nd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 74th in the regionMost Pacifist: 81st in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 83rd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 84th in the regionBest Weather: 85th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 101st in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 111th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 138th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 172nd in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 177th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 186th in the regionLargest Governments: 197th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 198th in the regionNicest Citizens: 204th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 205th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 211th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 221st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 223rd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 256th in the regionTop
Healthiest Citizens: 304th in the regionMost Cultured: 308th in the regionSafest: 342nd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 394th in the regionMost Politically Free: 591st in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Silage was endorsed by The WA Minister of Vamperiall.
  • : Following new legislation in Silage, nouveau riche farmers diligently take care of their golden calf herds.
  • : Following new legislation in Silage, grumpy old house owners demand that pedestrians get off their footpaths.
  • : Following new legislation in Silage, pawn shop reality shows dominate basic cable.
  • : Following new legislation in Silage, open-casket funerals are avoided at all cost.
  • : Following new legislation in Silage, military strategists are questioning the wisdom of subsidizing the economies of sworn enemies.
  • : Following new legislation in Silage, citizens can only enjoy the splendor of the natural world in designated 'Majesty Appreciation' zones.
  • : Following new legislation in Silage, citizens are strongly encouraged to breathe less so as to limit the carbon footprint.
  • : Following new legislation in Silage, the government is deliberately installing bloatware onto computers.
  • : Silage voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Condemn Durkadurkiranistan II".


World Assembly

Endorsements Received: 5 » North East Somerset, Onder Kelkia, Alvalero, Fooooooooo, and Vamperiall.

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