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The United Socialist States of Span

“We Own Y'all!”

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Location: The North Pacific



Population43.552 billion

LeaderM Shobacus Maz


The United Socialist States of Span is a gargantuan, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by M Shobacus Maz with a fair hand, and remarkable for its museums and concert halls, absence of drug laws, and restrictive gun laws. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful, devout population of 43.552 billion Spanners hold their civil and political rights very dear, although the wealthy and those in business tend to be viewed with suspicion.

The medium-sized, liberal, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Education, Environment, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Maz. The average income tax rate is 94.5%.

The all-consuming Spanner economy, worth an astonishing 13,226 trillion spannies a year, is highly specialized and led by the Book Publishing industry, with major contributions from Tourism. Average income is an amazing 303,683 spannies, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Directors of low-budget sci-fi films are flocking to use Maz as a backdrop, disaster relief budgets are growing like wildfire, public projects are synonymous with yawn-inducing conformity, and passionate nomination battles are often as intense as general elections. Crime is totally unknown. Span's national animal is the donkey, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Span is ranked 304,494th in the world and 11,978th in The North Pacific for Highest Unexpected Death Rate, scoring 14.19 on the Bus Surprisal Index.

Most Cheerful Citizens: 3rdLargest Publishing Industry: 5thNicest Citizens: 9thBest Weather: 27thMost Compassionate Citizens: 34thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 48thMost Pacifist: 48thLargest Populations: 82ndMost Beautiful Environments: 84thLeast Corrupt Governments: 97thHealthiest Citizens: 154thLongest Average Lifespans: 208thMost Devout: 225thSafest: 257thMost Cultured: 274thSmartest Citizens: 291stHighest Food Quality: 301stMost World Assembly Endorsements: 307thHighest Economic Output: 355thLowest Crime Rates: 366thMost Stationary: 463rdMost Rebellious Youth: 498thMost Influential: 720thHighest Poor Incomes: 1,068thMost Inclusive: 1,106thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1,318thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 2,106thHighest Average Incomes: 2,287thLargest Governments: 2,342ndTop
Most Advanced Public Education: 3,267thLargest Welfare Programs: 4,212thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 4,596thMost Developed: 5,536thHighest Average Tax Rates: 6,042ndMost Advanced Public Transport: 6,147thMost Scientifically Advanced: 6,155thNudest: 13,659thTop
Highest Wealthy Incomes: 15,413thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 18,663rdLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 21,738thMost Extensive Civil Rights: 28,685thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 30,101st
Largest Publishing Industry: 1st in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Populations: 2nd in the regionNicest Citizens: 2nd in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 3rd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 4th in the regionMost Pacifist: 4th in the regionBest Weather: 4th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 5th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 6th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 9th in the regionMost Cultured: 9th in the regionMost Stationary: 9th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 10th in the regionMost Devout: 11th in the regionSafest: 14th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 15th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 15th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 16th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 17th in the regionHighest Food Quality: 17th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 44th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 57th in the regionMost Inclusive: 58th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 85th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 106th in the regionLargest Governments: 113th in the regionTop
Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 121st in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 146th in the regionMost Influential: 192nd in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 195th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 214th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 235th in the regionNudest: 293rd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 299th in the regionMost Developed: 326th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 337th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 494th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 547th in the regionTop
Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 875th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 911th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 1,154th in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 1,160th in the region

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