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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
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Regional Influence: Squire

Location: the South Pacific



Population28.444 billion

CapitalSnark City
LeaderPyt Snarkulton


The Lucky Golden Holey People of Soem is a gargantuan, genial nation, ruled by Pyt Snarkulton with an even hand, and remarkable for its rum-swilling pirates, complete lack of prisons, and stringent health and safety legislation. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 28.444 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 27.8%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Soemeon economy, worth a remarkable 4,359 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 common. Average income is an impressive 153,252 Ideas, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.0 times as much as the poorest.

Things are looking up for patients accidentally prescribed erectile dysfunction medication, corporate lobbying has been outlawed, sales of disinfectant wipes have skyrocketed, and foreign leaders with unpaid parking tickets are often refused entry. 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 225,690th in the world and 8,537th in the South Pacific for Highest Foreign Aid Spending, scoring -27.02 on the Clooney Contribution Index.

Most Rebellious Youth: 88thLeast Corrupt Governments: 174thHighest Crime Rates: 192ndLargest Information Technology Sector: 228thMost Secular: 541stHealthiest Citizens: 588thMost Stationary: 606thNicest Citizens: 611thMost Armed: 612thMost Compassionate Citizens: 628thBest Weather: 655thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 735thMost Beautiful Environments: 768thMost Inclusive: 790thMost Cheerful Citizens: 967thMost Influential: 997thMost Pacifist: 1,017thSmartest Citizens: 1,177thRudest Citizens: 1,257thMost Developed: 1,308thMost Scientifically Advanced: 1,532ndLongest Average Lifespans: 1,638thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1,748thMost Efficient Economies: 1,943rdMost Cultured: 2,047thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 2,163rdTop
Highest Economic Output: 2,370thLargest Populations: 2,584thMost Valuable International Artwork: 4,997thHighest Disposable Incomes: 5,145thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 8,330thHighest Poor Incomes: 9,224thLargest Welfare Programs: 9,397thMost Advanced Public Education: 10,126thTop
Most Subsidized Industry: 11,862ndHighest Average Incomes: 12,948thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 15,981stLargest Governments: 18,189thLargest Black Market: 18,857thMost Extensive Civil Rights: 21,835th
Most Rebellious Youth: 3rd in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 9th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 11th in the regionMost Stationary: 12th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 13th in the regionMost Armed: 19th in the regionMost Secular: 23rd in the regionNicest Citizens: 23rd in the regionLargest Populations: 23rd in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 26th in the regionBest Weather: 26th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 26th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 27th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 28th in the regionMost Inclusive: 32nd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 36th in the regionMost Pacifist: 36th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 44th in the regionRudest Citizens: 47th in the regionMost Developed: 50th in the regionMost Cultured: 56th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 57th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 58th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 60th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 64th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 66th in the regionTop
Most Influential: 96th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 118th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 121st in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 178th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 260th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 273rd in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 291st in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 322nd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 353rd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 356th in the regionTop
Largest Black Market: 459th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 511th in the regionLargest Governments: 533rd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 600th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Soem was endorsed by The No Pretitle of Esfalsa.
  • : Following new legislation in Soem, foreign leaders with unpaid parking tickets are often refused entry.
  • : Following new legislation in Soem, sales of disinfectant wipes have skyrocketed.
  • : Following new legislation in Soem, corporate lobbying has been outlawed.
  • : Soem was reclassified from "Civil Rights Lovefest" to "Left-Leaning College State".
  • : Soem endorsed The Kingdom of Myosocore.
  • : Soem was endorsed by The Kingdom of Myosocore.
  • : Soem was endorsed by The Republic of Los Rodeos.
  • : Soem voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Ending School Segregation".
  • : Soem voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Condemn The Land of Kings and Emperors".


World Assembly

Endorsements Received: 216 » 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, Jehenna, Nowa Europa, Aidenfieeld, Hanguk-Nippon, Rebel-topia, Tsvetania, Gymnostan, Darakin, Native Inhabitants of Antarctica, Aywhyou, Escevola, Volaworand, Sedunn, 073 039 109 032 080 111 112 112 121, Nova Montron, Saciu, New Briantown, and 166 others.Calistan, Great Andora, North Kanuckistan, Aumeltopia, Beepee, Isokenzar, Silberne Wache, Barabarom, Aguatania, Abarri, Cuuldere, USNE2018, Kandorith, Direwolf1, 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, Imperial Duck, Yeldarbsland, Omiri, Mapico, Empa Aserium, Grand Kingdom of Zilean Empire, Noveos, The Tecorogan Federation, Astraee, The naked people, Nueva Alta California, Bleakfoot, Free Rad, Japanese Federal Republic, Greater Hyrulang, Fasire, Corgitopiaa, Terran Draconia, Iym Winterless, Bawkie, Holy Free, Farelonia, Noire Denholm, Havenfell, Kholdan, Ebonhand, West Pastafaria, Barokah, InnWorm, Anserisa, The Plebeian States, Pamela And Hepatitis, St Oaks, Bumblegaria, Turks of The Eastern Calculus, Utondara, Weburya, Lesinteil, Baltenlands, Sau Man Frescher, Ralphburg, HUElavia, Hypersensible Crybabies, CzechoSlovakishMoravia, The Two Jerseys, Santa Ofelia, Avalonica, Nothanksbutseriously, Sumalyo, Page 53, Weryalachiressaraxiatopia, Vega Naothia, Vardanfel, The Worst army of, ChickenDome, Quh, Kervanosia, Elan Sleazebaganno, Compli, Marinho Islands, Markla, Shefino, Royaltica, Dukin Donuts, LadyRebels, Laamiva, West Fallows, Alaninia, Kelshine, Well F, Melukhkha, Aschenburg, Odesseen, Efferalt, Eddonia, Courletnia, Idiono, Kedjens, East Lodge, Andinla, Midand, Concrete Slab, The Imperial Frost Federation, Gonrati, The SpaceNeo-Goryeo Etymological Society, Catillos, Myness, Myndia, Maerist, Tioloman, Trinennie, Bohenia, Western Fardelshufflestein, Terreno Travato, South Caleblan, Merevane, Philippinia, New Juan Carlos Land, Tepertopia, Hakk Fiss, Brunier, Qawe, Phanama, Kricivk, Purple Hyacinth, Bartonia Nova, Venestralia, Laurus Altat, Ovkianos, Klobitien, Delian Gol, Solomini, Kaoia, Ofaria, Zataras, Alfama, Novum Sina, Seythennia, Rabbitz, Bod Wareenaland, Vanbella, Integria, Eskvenn, Ubu Mimoki, Ostanasia, Lesser kami-sama, Ferrhibium, Jazzfrezia, Los Rodeos, Myosocore, and Esfalsa.

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