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The Democratic Socialist Union of Sonna

“Fraternity, People and Emperor”

Category: Left-wing Utopia
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Regional Influence: Squire

Location: The Leftist Assembly



Population10.951 billion

LeaderImperial Chairperson Masu Kan


The Democratic Socialist Union of Sonna is a gargantuan, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Imperial Chairperson Masu Kan with a fair hand, and renowned for its ban on automobiles, multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, and absence of drug laws. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 10.951 billion Sonnans 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, socially-minded, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Education, Environment, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Shilin. The income tax rate is 100%.

The frighteningly efficient Sonnan economy, worth a remarkable 2,620 trillion fanrongs a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is highly specialized, is mostly made up of the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing and Tourism. Average income is an amazing 239,263 fanrongs, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Anti-government political posters adorn every building like wallpaper, the seats at the back of the parliament are reserved for indigenous ministers, sea side cafes are required by law to close during summer, and terrorists are on a first name basis with the officials that stamp their passports. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Sonna's national animal is the awong, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Sonna is ranked 165,175th in the world and 385th in The Leftist Assembly for Most Average, scoring 26.67 on the Average Standardized Normality Scale.

Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 452ndMost Pacifist: 459thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 472ndMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 550thMost Inclusive: 554thMost Advanced Public Education: 563rdMost Beautiful Environments: 600thMost Compassionate Citizens: 601stMost Developed: 608thHighest Average Tax Rates: 608thSafest: 609thBest Weather: 619thLongest Average Lifespans: 694thLargest Governments: 700thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 702ndMost Advanced Public Transport: 735thNicest Citizens: 737thLowest Crime Rates: 768thLargest Welfare Programs: 813thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 818thHealthiest Citizens: 840thSmartest Citizens: 957thHighest Poor Incomes: 971stLargest Information Technology Sector: 1,546thLeast Corrupt Governments: 1,695thMost Scientifically Advanced: 1,774thTop
Most Cultured: 2,396thHighest Average Incomes: 3,826thLargest Publishing Industry: 3,881stMost Efficient Economies: 4,135thMost Cheerful Citizens: 4,416thMost Subsidized Industry: 4,561stMost Influential: 4,576thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 4,776thHighest Economic Output: 5,188thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 6,963rdMost Rebellious Youth: 9,229thMost Secular: 10,041stTop
Nudest: 11,291stMost Income Equality: 12,259th
Most Advanced Public Education: 5th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 5th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 5th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 5th in the regionTop
Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 6th in the regionLargest Governments: 6th in the regionMost Pacifist: 6th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 6th in the regionBest Weather: 6th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 6th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 6th in the regionSafest: 7th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 8th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 8th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 8th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 8th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 9th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 9th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 9th in the regionMost Developed: 9th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 10th in the regionMost Inclusive: 10th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 10th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 11th in the regionNicest Citizens: 11th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 13th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 13th in the regionMost Cultured: 14th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 14th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 16th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 17th in the regionLargest Populations: 21st in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 23rd in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 24th in the regionTop
Most Stationary: 26th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 26th in the regionNudest: 34th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 35th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 50th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Sonna was endorsed by The Rosy Republic of Grod Island.
  • : Sonna was endorsed by The People's Republic of Kraljevia.
  • : Following new legislation in Sonna, terrorists are on a first name basis with the officials that stamp their passports.
  • : Following new legislation in Sonna, sea side cafes are required by law to close during summer.
  • : Following new legislation in Sonna, the seats at the back of the parliament are reserved for indigenous ministers.
  • : Following new legislation in Sonna, anti-government political posters adorn every building like wallpaper.
  • : Sonna voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Wartime Journalism Protection Act".
  • : Following new legislation in Sonna, sales of disinfectant wipes have skyrocketed.
  • : Following new legislation in Sonna, government ministers are regularly seen in the streets confessing their sins and hammering missiles into plow-shares.
  • : Following new legislation in Sonna, autocrats are persona non grata.


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