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The Peopledom of Soem

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

Category: Civil Rights Lovefest
Civil Rights:
Political Freedoms:

Regional Influence: Squire

Location: the South Pacific



Population26.056 billion

CapitalSnark City
LeaderPyt Snarkulton


The Peopledom of Soem is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Pyt Snarkulton with a fair hand, and notable for its digital currency, multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, and daily referendums. The compassionate, hard-working, democratic, cheerful population of 26.056 billion Soemeosy hold their civil and political rights very dear, although the wealthy and those in business tend to be viewed with suspicion.

The medium-sized, outspoken government prioritizes Education, with Environment, Industry, and Administration also on the agenda, while Defense and Law & Order aren't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Snark City. The average income tax rate is 16.7%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Soemeon economy, worth a remarkable 3,479 trillion Ideas a year, is extremely specialized and mostly made up of the Information Technology industry. Black market activity is extensive. Average income is an impressive 133,556 Ideas, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.7 times as much as the poorest.

Whenever pilots have to bail out the government bails out their company, anti-government political posters adorn every building like wallpaper, banning party poppers has been a real party pooper, and chrome-clad space marines are such stuff that dreams are made on. 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 692nd in the world and 23rd in the South Pacific for Longest Average Lifespans, with 94.02 Years.

Most Rebellious Youth: 100thHighest Crime Rates: 184thLeast Corrupt Governments: 196thLargest Information Technology Sector: 208thMost Secular: 554thMost Developed: 573rdMost Stationary: 655thHealthiest Citizens: 660thLongest Average Lifespans: 692ndMost Compassionate Citizens: 786thNicest Citizens: 812thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 828thBest Weather: 907thMost Inclusive: 956thMost Beautiful Environments: 971stMost Armed: 1,119thMost Influential: 1,272ndSmartest Citizens: 1,336thMost Cheerful Citizens: 1,414thTop
Most Pacifist: 1,523rdRudest Citizens: 1,756thMost Scientifically Advanced: 1,937thMost Efficient Economies: 2,025thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 2,094thLargest Black Market: 2,270thMost Cultured: 2,576thHighest Economic Output: 2,664thLargest Populations: 2,731stMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 3,093rdHighest Disposable Incomes: 4,904thMost Advanced Public Education: 7,233rdTop
Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 7,578thNudest: 8,504thLargest Welfare Programs: 9,309thMost Subsidized Industry: 10,285thHighest Drug Use: 12,857th
Most Rebellious Youth: 2nd in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 10th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 10th in the regionMost Stationary: 12th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 13th in the regionMost Developed: 20th in the regionMost Secular: 22nd in the regionLargest Populations: 23rd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 23rd in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 25th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 25th in the regionNicest Citizens: 27th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 27th in the regionMost Armed: 30th in the regionBest Weather: 31st in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 31st in the regionMost Inclusive: 38th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 39th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 40th in the regionLargest Black Market: 42nd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 43rd in the regionMost Pacifist: 55th in the regionTop
Rudest Citizens: 61st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 66th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 69th in the regionMost Cultured: 70th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 100th in the regionMost Influential: 110th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 125th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 131st in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 200th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 211th in the regionNudest: 216th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 247th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 259th in the regionTop
Highest Drug Use: 412th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 427th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 446th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 525th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Soem was endorsed by The Rogue Nation of IkJan.
  • : Following new legislation in Soem, chrome-clad space marines are such stuff that dreams are made on.
  • : Following new legislation in Soem, banning party poppers has been a real party pooper.
  • : Following new legislation in Soem, anti-government political posters adorn every building like wallpaper.
  • : Following new legislation in Soem, whenever pilots have to bail out the government bails out their company.
  • : Following new legislation in Soem, politicians who vacation in East Lebatuck lose their jobs upon their return.
  • : Following new legislation in Soem, the price of takeaway food quadruples after 6pm.
  • : Following new legislation in Soem, dentists routinely perform open heart surgery.
  • : Soem was endorsed by The Rogue Nation of IkJan.
  • : Soem voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Condemn The New Inquisition".


World Assembly

Endorsements Received: 164 » Fudgetopia, Bergenu, Curlyhoward, Theorin, Bear Connors Paradiso, Tsunamy, Kiasu-ism, Drugged Monkeys, Ancient Slobovia, Seliyan progressive Islands, Great Scapula, Farengeto, Kringalia, Sandaoguo, Belschaft, Quiescent, Pencil Sharpeners 2, FreeFishers, Transtemporal Shifts, The United Expanse, The Solar System Scope, Luddinlande, Techganet, GI-Land, Erinor, PEPEP, Trinennie, Pax Dracon, Poopisiya, Auphelia, Oxsania, Moreana, Si-topia, Linguiniland, Centristvill, Iristead, Lambdaland, Jehenna, Nowa Europa, Concrete Slab, Aidenfieeld, Little Pontanja, Seldon and the Psychohistorians, Hanguk-Nippon, Rebel-topia, Farelonia, KIROVET, Tsvetania, Gymnostan, Wyatonians, and 114 others.Vincent Field, Darakin, Native Inhabitants of Antarctica, Freedwanda, Silmad, Aywhyou, La Ascension, Escevola, Volaworand, Sedunn, 073 039 109 032 080 111 112 112 121, Lotadia, Nova Montron, Rhetiaa, Saciu, New Briantown, Nankyoku Tairiku, Calistan, Jaxon, Great Andora, Paranoia, North Kanuckistan, Aumeltopia, Beepee, Elveka, Isokenzar, UnShleepd, Silberne Wache, The National Corporation, South Poleande, Anachronolandia, Agalaesia, Barabarom, Aguatania, Abarri, Cuuldere, USNE2018, Awjan, Lorora3, Lichenitza, Rabbitz, Kandorith, Direwolf1, Darbor, Phanama, The Filippinas, The Libertarian Nation of Songrandine, Qvait, Birdkeeper, North Erfton, Herbert Island, Stoniamera, Ariankido, Land Without Shrimp, North Prarie, Jahass, Federated Kingdoms of Brittania, Wehraboos, Academy of Umbrellas, Xandev, Ostanasia, Whimichy, North Catimestistrianes, Staubsaugen, A Frog Dimension, P R of China, Akindom, Crystal Creation, Choodox, Freedoom, Dasko, Mew Nation, Changolandia, FiHami, Qawe, Maeiland, Churumduul, Novagentum, The West Valley Mountains, Dereistic, PenguinPies, Pays de Loire, Amerion, Wild Space, Great Africans, Violent Peacenicks, Upper Tyrconnel, Reli Nation, Higash, Aurcania, United Federated States of Omega, Negoshi, World United, Zaelith, Miltonville, Raelsa, Friesenheim, Srevana, BootJack, Jennaterra, Ave Gloriana, Kuddles, Drystar, Qaweritoyu, South Whitica, Imperial Duck, Ketathinamiri Islands, Yeldarbsland, Spearos, Solega, Invilgra, Aberforthton, Omiri, and IkJan.

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