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The Democratic Socialist Empire of Sonna

“Et ideo aequalitas et populum”

Category: Liberal Democratic Socialists
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Regional Influence: Squire

Location: The Leftist Assembly



Population9.236 billion

Leaderthe Imperial Chairman


The Democratic Socialist Empire of Sonna is a colossal, efficient nation, ruled by the Imperial Chairman with a fair hand, and renowned for its otherworldly petting zoo, keen interest in outer space, and stringent health and safety legislation. The compassionate, democratic population of 9.236 billion Sonnans love a good election, and the government gives them plenty of them. Universities tend to be full of students debating the merits of various civil and political rights, while businesses are tightly regulated and the wealthy viewed with suspicion.

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 Shi-Ling. The income tax rate is 100%.

The frighteningly efficient Sonnan economy, worth a remarkable 2,151 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 232,973 fanrongs, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Sonna's heavy congestion charges are the bane of motorists' lives, Scoutmasters debate whether luxury log cabins defeat the purpose of camping, the government recently donated a surfboard to an impoverished family in a landlocked region, and in life full of care there is no time to stop and stare. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Sonna's national animal is the thinthan, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Sonna is ranked 153,266th in the world and 238th in The Leftist Assembly for Most Pro-Market, scoring -80.56 on the Rand Index.

Most Pacifist: 460thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 490thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 499thMost Advanced Public Education: 543rdMost Inclusive: 546thMost Developed: 559thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 587thMost Compassionate Citizens: 630thMost Beautiful Environments: 640thHighest Average Tax Rates: 663rdLongest Average Lifespans: 672ndSafest: 693rdBest Weather: 701stLargest Governments: 739thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 755thLowest Crime Rates: 776thNicest Citizens: 797thLargest Welfare Programs: 847thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 871stMost Advanced Public Transport: 872ndHealthiest Citizens: 883rdSmartest Citizens: 984thHighest Poor Incomes: 1,052ndMost Scientifically Advanced: 1,141stLargest Information Technology Sector: 1,438thTop
Least Corrupt Governments: 2,142ndMost Cultured: 2,554thMost Subsidized Industry: 3,578thHighest Average Incomes: 3,640thMost Efficient Economies: 3,659thLargest Publishing Industry: 3,809thMost Cheerful Citizens: 4,874thHighest Economic Output: 5,646thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 5,708thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 6,878thMost Secular: 8,326thTop
Most Influential: 12,312thMost Income Equality: 12,800thMost Rebellious Youth: 13,017thNudest: 15,279th
Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 3rd in the regionMost Pacifist: 3rd in the regionMost Developed: 3rd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 3rd in the regionMost Inclusive: 3rd in the regionBest Weather: 3rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 3rd in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 4th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 4th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 4th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 4th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 4th in the regionTop
Largest Governments: 5th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 5th in the regionSafest: 5th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 5th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 5th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 5th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 6th in the regionNicest Citizens: 6th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 6th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 7th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 8th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 9th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 10th in the regionMost Cultured: 10th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 12th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 12th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 14th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 15th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 16th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 20th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 23rd in the regionTop
Largest Populations: 25th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 25th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 36th in the regionMost Stationary: 38th in the regionMost Influential: 39th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 42nd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Sonna voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Ban on Sterilisation of Minors etc".
  • : Following new legislation in Sonna, in life full of care there is no time to stop and stare.
  • : Following new legislation in Sonna, the government recently donated a surfboard to an impoverished family in a landlocked region.
  • : Following new legislation in Sonna, Scoutmasters debate whether luxury log cabins defeat the purpose of camping.
  • : Following new legislation in Sonna, Sonna's heavy congestion charges are the bane of motorists' lives.
  • : Sonna was endorsed by The Democratic Republic of Graemania.
  • : Sonna was endorsed by The People's Republic of Tallingrad.
  • : Sonna was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Secular.
  • : Following new legislation in Sonna, the endangered saltwater humpback thinthan is only seen in captivity programs.
  • : Following new legislation in Sonna, it's been a banner year for local vexillology.


World Assembly

Endorsements Received: 9 » Socialist Columbia, Indohyusiana, Llorens, Nestoria Ivanich, Lord Mirth, Wascoitan, Auven, Tallingrad, and Graemania.

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