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The Free Land of Solstier

“An Injury To One Is An Injury To All”

Category: Left-wing Utopia
Civil Rights:
World Benchmark
Economy:
Fragile
Political Freedoms:
Superb

Regional Influence: Sprat

Location: Soviet Democracy

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Solstier

Population368 million

Currencysol
Animalserpent

The Free Land of Solstier is a huge, cultured nation, remarkable for its absence of drug laws, punitive income tax rates, and stringent health and safety legislation. The compassionate, democratic population of 368 million Solstierians are free to do what they want with their own bodies, and vote for whomever they like in elections; if they go into business, however, they are regulated to within an inch of their lives.

The enormous, liberal, socially-minded, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Welfare, Education, and Administration. The average income tax rate is 69.5%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The sizeable but sluggish Solstierian economy, worth 9.66 trillion sols 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 mostly made up of the Trout Farming industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing, Retail, and Automobile Manufacturing. Average income is 26,250 sols, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Blood donations have been banned because of the risk of eternal unrest, young children are regularly seen wagering pocket money at blackjack tables, getting an infected tattoo is considered a rite of passage in Solstier, and voting district maps are said to resemble a tyrannosaurus eating the capital. Crime is totally unknown. Solstier's national animal is the serpent.

Solstier is ranked 125,716th in the world and 75th in Soviet Democracy for Largest Agricultural Sector, scoring -5.1 on the Mu-Bah-Daggs Productivity Index.

Top
10%
Most Extensive Civil Rights: 11,470thHighest Drug Use: 12,552ndMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 14,732ndMost Income Equality: 14,760th
Top
5%
Most Extensive Civil Rights: 2nd in the regionMost Politically Free: 3rd in the regionTop
10%
Highest Drug Use: 6th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 7th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Solstier was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Politically Apathetic Citizens.
  • : Following new legislation in Solstier, voting district maps are said to resemble a tyrannosaurus eating the capital.
  • : Following new legislation in Solstier, getting an infected tattoo is considered a rite of passage in Solstier.
  • : Following new legislation in Solstier, young children are regularly seen wagering pocket money at blackjack tables.
  • : Following new legislation in Solstier, blood donations have been banned because of the risk of eternal unrest.
  • : Following new legislation in Solstier, catching an old friend by surprise on the street can be a shocking experience.
  • : Solstier was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Highest Unexpected Death Rate.
  • : Solstier's influence in Soviet Democracy rose from "Minnow" to "Sprat".
  • : Following new legislation in Solstier, the nation has opened its arms to an influx of refugees.
  • : Following new legislation in Solstier, welfare funding has recently gone through the roof.

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