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The Socialist Republic of Sminishia

“We are all comrades.”

Category: Liberal Democratic Socialists
Civil Rights:
Excellent
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
World Benchmark

Regional Influence: Minnow

Location: The East Pacific

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Sminishia

Population3.066 billion

CapitalNovyy Sotsial'nyy Gorod
LeaderUlrich Blumberg
FaithSecularism

CurrencySmils
AnimalWhite Pigeon

The Socialist Republic of Sminishia is a massive, cultured nation, ruled by Ulrich Blumberg with a fair hand, and renowned for its unlimited-speed roads, soft-spoken computers, and compulsory gun ownership. The compassionate, democratic, humorless population of 3.066 billion Sminishians love a good election, and the government gives them plenty of them. Universities tend to be full of students debating the merits of various civil and political rights, while businesses are tightly regulated and the wealthy viewed with suspicion.

The large, socially-minded, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Novyy Sotsial'nyy Gorod. The average income tax rate is 95.6%.

The frighteningly efficient Sminishian economy, worth 555 trillion Smils 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 led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Tourism, Book Publishing, and Arms Manufacturing. Average income is an impressive 181,275 Smils, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Tax-payers are funding ever more extravagant movie projects, authorities are looking for a stool pigeon to rat out who is stealing food from pigeon toilets, there's nothing more gay than bleeding for your nation, and every new building project has to undergo a five-year environmental impact study before it can go ahead. Crime is totally unknown. Sminishia's national animal is the White Pigeon, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies, and its national religion is Secularism.

Sminishia is ranked 166,114th in the world and 7,382nd in The East Pacific for Largest Gambling Industry, scoring -20.22 on the Kelly Criterion Productivity Index.

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Most Developed: 2,075thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 2,168thHighest Poor Incomes: 2,175thMost Scientifically Advanced: 2,611thLargest Information Technology Sector: 2,721stSmartest Citizens: 2,748thHealthiest Citizens: 2,785thLongest Average Lifespans: 2,805thMost Advanced Public Education: 3,238thMost Compassionate Citizens: 3,263rdMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 3,953rdLargest Publishing Industry: 3,966thMost Beautiful Environments: 4,047thHighest Average Tax Rates: 4,077thMost Subsidized Industry: 4,251stNicest Citizens: 4,329thMost Cultured: 4,450thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 4,494thLargest Governments: 4,557thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 4,738thMost Inclusive: 5,095thLeast Corrupt Governments: 6,044thBest Weather: 6,344thMost Secular: 6,941stLowest Crime Rates: 7,118thMost Rebellious Youth: 7,135thHighest Average Incomes: 7,603rdTop
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Safest: 9,161stMost Politically Free: 9,414thMost Efficient Economies: 9,717thMost Income Equality: 10,073rdMost Advanced Public Transport: 11,733rdLargest Welfare Programs: 12,668thNudest: 13,305thMost Pacifist: 13,798thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 14,258th
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Highest Poor Incomes: 55th in the regionMost Developed: 57th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 58th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 67th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 70th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 71st in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 74th in the regionTop
5%
Most Advanced Public Education: 83rd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 85th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 88th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 94th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 101st in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 104th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 106th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 108th in the regionLargest Governments: 113th in the regionMost Cultured: 116th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 126th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 130th in the regionMost Politically Free: 132nd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 132nd in the regionNicest Citizens: 140th in the regionMost Inclusive: 159th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 169th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 182nd in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 189th in the regionBest Weather: 194th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 214th in the regionMost Secular: 226th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 239th in the regionNudest: 239th in the regionSafest: 286th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 319th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 346th in the regionTop
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Highest Economic Output: 399th in the regionMost Stationary: 435th in the regionMost Pacifist: 450th in the regionMost Income Equality: 476th in the regionLargest Populations: 652nd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Sminishia, every new building project has to undergo a five-year environmental impact study before it can go ahead.
  • : Following new legislation in Sminishia, there's nothing more gay than bleeding for your nation.
  • : Following new legislation in Sminishia, authorities are looking for a stool pigeon to rat out who is stealing food from pigeon toilets.
  • : Following new legislation in Sminishia, tax-payers are funding ever more extravagant movie projects.
  • : Following new legislation in Sminishia, politicians tend to speak more loudly and slowly these days.
  • : Following new legislation in Sminishia, the best way to be heard in politics is to speak softly and carry a big comedy prop.
  • : Following new legislation in Sminishia, older ladies are inundated with offers to help them cross the road.
  • : Following new legislation in Sminishia, animal liberationists receive government funding to break into animal research labs.
  • : Following new legislation in Sminishia, the entire entry for Sminishia in the Hitchhiker's Guide to the World reads 'mostly harmless'.
  • : Following new legislation in Sminishia, grinding bureaucracy has the international wheels of justice turning slowly.

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