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The Lucky Golden Holey People of Soem

“Cap the richest; tax 11.1'% top 11; 1.1'% next 100 etc.”

Category: Left-Leaning College State
Civil Rights:
Political Freedoms:
Very Good

Regional Influence: Squire

Location: the South Pacific



Population27.962 billion

CapitalSnark City
LeaderPyt Snarkulton


The Lucky Golden Holey People of Soem is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by Pyt Snarkulton with an even hand, and notable for its rum-swilling pirates, multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, and rampant corporate plagiarism. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 27.962 billion Soemeosy enjoy extensive civil freedoms, particularly in social issues, while business tends to be more regulated.

The medium-sized, liberal government juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Snark City. The average income tax rate is 11.7%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Soemeon economy, worth a remarkable 4,111 trillion Ideas a year, is highly specialized and mostly made up of the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Tourism. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 147,047 Ideas, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

One can walk from one side of Snark City to the other without setting foot on Soemeon soil, from the highest mountain to the deepest cave - one can always count on finding a good cell signal in Soem, royalist is the most offensive slur in the Soemeon language, and Jack Russells have proven to be terrible spies. Crime, especially youth-related, is so common that it is unusual to encounter someone following the law, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. Soem's national animal is the Snark, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Soem is ranked 208,674th in the world and 8,376th in the South Pacific for Largest Basket Weaving Sector, scoring -48.27 on the Hickory Productivity Index.

Most Rebellious Youth: 85thLeast Corrupt Governments: 167thHighest Crime Rates: 189thLargest Information Technology Sector: 235thMost Secular: 525thMost Armed: 593rdMost Stationary: 614thHealthiest Citizens: 636thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 668thNicest Citizens: 672ndMost Compassionate Citizens: 685thMost Inclusive: 826thBest Weather: 856thMost Influential: 919thMost Beautiful Environments: 922ndMost Cheerful Citizens: 972ndMost Pacifist: 1,143rdSmartest Citizens: 1,198thMost Developed: 1,488thMost Scientifically Advanced: 1,659thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1,670thRudest Citizens: 1,691stLongest Average Lifespans: 1,995thTop
Most Cultured: 2,184thMost Efficient Economies: 2,272ndHighest Economic Output: 2,501stLargest Populations: 2,584thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 2,770thMost Valuable International Artwork: 3,472ndHighest Disposable Incomes: 3,858thHighest Poor Incomes: 8,862ndTop
Most Advanced Public Education: 10,489thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 11,734thLargest Welfare Programs: 12,368thHighest Average Incomes: 14,147thMost Subsidized Industry: 15,999th
Most Rebellious Youth: 2nd in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 9th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 10th in the regionMost Stationary: 12th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 14th in the regionMost Armed: 20th in the regionLargest Populations: 24th in the regionMost Secular: 25th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 25th in the regionNicest Citizens: 26th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 26th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 28th in the regionBest Weather: 30th in the regionMost Inclusive: 33rd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 35th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 35th in the regionMost Pacifist: 36th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 48th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 51st in the regionMost Developed: 52nd in the regionMost Cultured: 59th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 60th in the regionRudest Citizens: 62nd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 63rd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 70th in the regionTop
Most Popular Tourist Destinations: 84th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 91st in the regionMost Influential: 94th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 115th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 126th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 273rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 327th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 350th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 353rd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 376th in the regionTop
Most Subsidized Industry: 455th in the regionLargest Black Market: 489th in the regionLargest Governments: 638th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 810th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Soem was endorsed by The Empire of Djalia.
  • : Soem endorsed The SPIT For Drink of TSP of Sword of Summer.
  • : Following new legislation in Soem, Jack Russells have proven to be terrible spies.
  • : Following new legislation in Soem, royalist is the most offensive slur in the Soemeon language.
  • : Following new legislation in Soem, from the highest mountain to the deepest cave - one can always count on finding a good cell signal in Soem.
  • : Soem was endorsed by The SPIT For Drink of TSP of Sword of Summer.
  • : Following new legislation in Soem, one can walk from one side of Snark City to the other without setting foot on Soemeon soil.
  • : Following new legislation in Soem, there's a bright dawn ahead for Soem.
  • : Following new legislation in Soem, dozens of viewers go online to hear whether a comma has been added to Clause 5 in Subsection B of Law 58375.
  • : Following new legislation in Soem, vacationers and business travelers are often warned that they may lose the right to vote if they spend too much time overseas.


World Assembly

Endorsements Received: 231 » Fudgetopia, Bergenu, Curlyhoward, Theorin, Bear Connors Paradiso, Tsunamy, Kiasu-ism, Drugged Monkeys, Ancient Slobovia, Seliyan progressive Islands, Great Scapula, Farengeto, Kringalia, Sandaoguo, Belschaft, Pencil Sharpeners 2, FreeFishers, Transtemporal Shifts, The United Expanse, The Solar System Scope, Luddinlande, Techganet, GI-Land, Erinor, PEPEP, Pax Dracon, Poopisiya, Auphelia, Oxsania, Moreana, Si-topia, Linguiniland, Centristvill, Lambdaland, Jehenna, Nowa Europa, Aidenfieeld, Hanguk-Nippon, Rebel-topia, Tsvetania, Gymnostan, Vincent Field, Darakin, Native Inhabitants of Antarctica, Silmad, Aywhyou, Escevola, Volaworand, Sedunn, 073 039 109 032 080 111 112 112 121, and 181 others.Nova Montron, Saciu, New Briantown, Nankyoku Tairiku, Calistan, Great Andora, North Kanuckistan, Aumeltopia, Beepee, Isokenzar, Silberne Wache, Barabarom, Aguatania, Abarri, Cuuldere, USNE2018, Rabbitz, Kandorith, Direwolf1, Phanama, The Filippinas, Qvait, Herbert Island, Stoniamera, Land Without Shrimp, Wehraboos, Xandev, Whimichy, North Catimestistrianes, Crystal Creation, Dasko, Changolandia, Maeiland, The West Valley Mountains, Dereistic, PenguinPies, Amerion, Aurcania, Zaelith, Jennaterra, Drystar, Qaweritoyu, Imperial Duck, Yeldarbsland, Omiri, Mapico, Empa Aserium, Grand Kingdom of Zilean Empire, Noveos, The Tecorogan Federation, Qawe, Astraee, Madreia, V3rmont, Tilipria, Realms of Madness, The naked people, Cohors Stercore, Nueva Alta California, Bleakfoot, Free Rad, Japanese Federal Republic, Bizzie, Serendiva, Greater Hyrulang, Fasire, Corgitopiaa, Isles of Creckero, Terran Draconia, Iym Winterless, Bawkie, Tepertopia, Hutington, Tarnik, Holy Free, Eggraria, Votri, Farelonia, Noire Denholm, Havenfell, Kholdan, Gliasco, Ebonhand, Eskvenn, Breadandbutter, West Pastafaria, Barokah, InnWorm, Anserisa, The Plebeian States, Pamela And Hepatitis, St Oaks, Bumblegaria, Turks of The Eastern Calculus, Utondara, Grubville, Weburya, Lesinteil, Baltenlands, Sau Man Frescher, Ralphburg, HUElavia, Hypersensible Crybabies, CzechoSlovakishMoravia, The Two Jerseys, Santa Ofelia, Avalonica, Malkotistan, Charloa, Nothanksbutseriously, Sumalyo, Page 53, Weryalachiressaraxiatopia, Vega Naothia, Ashvakka, Vardanfel, The Worst army of, Virmena, ChickenDome, Melicorium, The JessTown Islands, Merevane, Quh, Kervanosia, Elan Sleazebaganno, Bhanak, Escanval, Freest Freedonia, Compli, Necosia, Marinho Islands, Starsight, RussiaSpetsnaz1, Nova Kobol, Markla, Shefino, Royaltica, Eden Contour, NganXuan, Dukin Donuts, Matak Tribes, LadyRebels, Laamiva, The Radanivans, West Fallows, Alaninia, Kelshine, Holy Milamphy, Gardenia Azul, Well F, Rhetiaa, Great Elsika, Melukhkha, Aschenburg, Purple Hyacinth, Odesseen, Efferalt, United States of Vietnam, Eddonia, Courletnia, LaVuxxe, Briteannia, Ovkianos, Idiono, Kedjens, Temaseka, East Lodge, Andinla, Midand, Concrete Slab, White Bananistan, The Imperial Frost Federation, Gonrati, Official State of Landland, The SpaceNeo-Goryeo Etymological Society, Catillos, Myness, B H A R A T, Myndia, Sword of Summer, and Djalia.

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