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The United Socialist States of Span

“We Own Y'all!”

Category: Civil Rights Lovefest
Civil Rights:
World Benchmark
Very Strong
Political Freedoms:

Regional Influence: Page

Location: The North Pacific



Population38.367 billion

LeaderM Shobacus Maz


The United Socialist States of Span is a gargantuan, genial nation, ruled by M Shobacus Maz with a fair hand, and renowned for its museums and concert halls, complete lack of prisons, and free-roaming dinosaurs. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful, devout population of 38.367 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 government juggles the competing demands of Education, Environment, and Welfare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Maz. The average income tax rate is 85.6%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The very strong Spanner economy, worth a remarkable 9,914 trillion spannies a year, is highly specialized and led by the Book Publishing industry, with major contributions from Tourism. Average income is an amazing 258,419 spannies, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

A paperwork error has naval privateers being directed to attack land-locked nations, political detractors refer to M Shobacus Maz as 'that Bigtopian puppet', disaster relief budgets are growing like wildfire, and murderers and thieves claim divine inspiration to avoid prosecution. Crime is totally unknown. Span's national animal is the donkey, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Span is ranked 9,697th in the world and 355th in The North Pacific for Nudest, with 221 Cheeks Per Square Mile.

Most Cheerful Citizens: 4thNicest Citizens: 6thLargest Publishing Industry: 12thMost Compassionate Citizens: 18thBest Weather: 20thMost Pacifist: 35thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 39thMost Beautiful Environments: 73rdLeast Corrupt Governments: 74thLargest Populations: 100thHealthiest Citizens: 104thMost Devout: 172ndLongest Average Lifespans: 180thSafest: 219thSmartest Citizens: 230thMost Cultured: 237thLowest Crime Rates: 315thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 330thHighest Economic Output: 447thMost Rebellious Youth: 539thMost Stationary: 545thMost Influential: 582ndHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 760thMost Inclusive: 868thHighest Poor Incomes: 1,483rdTop
Largest Governments: 2,559thHighest Average Incomes: 3,077thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 3,567thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 4,314thMost Scientifically Advanced: 5,374thMost Advanced Public Education: 5,471stLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 7,482ndLargest Welfare Programs: 7,706thNudest: 9,697thMost Advanced Public Transport: 10,019thHighest Average Tax Rates: 10,878thTop
Highest Drug Use: 15,705thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 15,973rdMost Extensive Civil Rights: 18,898thMost Developed: 20,599th
Largest Publishing Industry: 1st in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Populations: 2nd in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 2nd in the regionNicest Citizens: 2nd in the regionMost Pacifist: 3rd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 3rd in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 3rd in the regionBest Weather: 4th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 5th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 7th in the regionMost Cultured: 8th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 9th in the regionMost Devout: 10th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 10th in the regionSafest: 10th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 11th in the regionMost Stationary: 11th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 17th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 21st in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 41st in the regionMost Inclusive: 61st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 79th in the regionTop
Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 109th in the regionLargest Governments: 128th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 147th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 184th in the regionMost Influential: 194th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 213th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 256th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 270th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 326th in the regionNudest: 355th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 374th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 421st in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 449th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 452nd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 501st in the regionTop
Highest Wealthy Incomes: 634th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Span was endorsed by The United Coffee Provinces of Caffeinetopia.
  • : Following new legislation in Span, murderers and thieves claim divine inspiration to avoid prosecution.
  • : Following new legislation in Span, disaster relief budgets are growing like wildfire.
  • : Span was endorsed by The People's Republic of Eurochina.
  • : Following new legislation in Span, political detractors refer to M Shobacus Maz as 'that Bigtopian puppet'.
  • : Span was endorsed by The TUMS of The Unified Missourtama States.
  • : Following new legislation in Span, a paperwork error has naval privateers being directed to attack land-locked nations.
  • : Following new legislation in Span, ships no longer sail as no one wants to encounter Spanner pirates.
  • : Following new legislation in Span, public projects are synonymous with yawn-inducing conformity.
  • : Span was endorsed by The Republic of Harmonypine.


World Assembly

Endorsements Received: 327 » Fengate, Yaorozu, Elevation, Former English Colony, Selfgradatude, Unimaginable Doom, Dutchyland, The Teddy, Great Bights Mum, Nubianica, Eglise Sainte Eve, Shadowrik, Necromonia, Zerophix, Karazan, New Lakemba, Felpolandia, Ultima Terra, Xentherida, Notyoutopia, Esplandia, Sunto, Frances Francis the First of France, Corfad, The Isle of Grossmania, Kelvaros Prime, Highton Islands, Manticore utopia, Walter Jackson, French Bananastan, Choistan, Sil Dorsett, Holy Oranz, Wineclaw, Dopeland420, Siwale, The United Chase States, Alice Gardens, Panama Coalition, New Chilokver, Cloydicia, SORT, Ice and Tinian, Pallaith, Buckerino, Kwaj, Holy Marcus Empire, Ilisseia, Puczovska, Diodone, and 277 others.Zokk, Zeternia, Yukti, The Syca, The Iron Lions, Srpski Novo Zelandjani, Moubarakistan, Universal State Formula, PlanetPunk, Territorio di Nessuno, Detrivania, Free Culture, Abiswashyo-bhumi, Cinnibar, Vexilia, Zyvetskistaahn, Shibutani, New Trisone, Koda-Land, United Draconia, Empy, The Gamer Party, Whereisthatistan, Sundred, Avemterra, Ethnon, Maott, El Fiji Grande, Kobagia, Wilkshire, Amestris-Britannia, Dar es Saalam, Pasargad, The Rhein States, The Most Freedom Ever, Malta Comino Gozo, Napnomadia, Valhalla123, Vincone Cae, North Bratislava, Omnistria, Kasazzastan, Potatolandium, Rosewood-, Bearical, Unsophisticate, The Windmilluminati, Dreadton, Ninjak30, Eri-Maqa-Ena, The Sinclarian Provinces, Guer Aike, Niradans, The Discipled, Asgardira, Votak Matim, Solmetria, Joodey, Steampunk Ariel, Trillius, Newpromisedland, Soviet Terran, 1 very fast endotarter, Loutsland, Destructive Government Endorsing System, Haor Chall, Noahs Second Country, Newam, The Penguin Confederacy, Orado, Astrind, Zumlandia, Ajibola, Glurponia, Zeno-sama, Runeda, Daiz, The Tampa Bay Rays, New Octicarg, McMasterdonia, The Stratosphere Islands, Moanapo, Freyford, Nakayo, Wisconsota, Gnomewatchers, Kranostav, Tachycardia, PotatoFarmers, Pazair, Seenvorland, Clan Spaniel, Dabarastan, United Kahndaq, The Kingdom and Realm of Anubis, Viridiann, Easternryke, Interdimensional Zone, Ravendi, Godwanna, Nationeer, Sile Maungistan, Anungu, Misthas, Toshavo III, Valentine Z, Praeceps, Fendlium, Volstokn, East Akra, Arlens Apartment, Loli County, Hamerica, States of Asra, Fayyayid, Merconitonitopia, Serendipita Martia, Xagill, Dakota Territories, Hyphen, The New Communist Republic Of States, Psychotic Vegans, Wit Noreis, MiaryBhalzhack, Yokciq Empire, The Endless Eventide, Abonland, The United Federal Nation, Saint Alaric, The Lancerian Empire, Crader, Prevaland, The Galactic Triumvirate, Supreme Leader Hadrian, Zecit, Antiyard, Olofin, Nistriabar, Varola, Unshleepd, Gautania, Arizona Zervas, Sebatopia, Schnuftelland, Pleroma Sans Romans, The Pantheons, Solskjar, Korovan Isles, Fizban, Westinor, Centromuria, Astronomical, Fauzjhia, The Serdey Islands, Paul Pasch, Greater Pittsburgh, The Ricebenders, Sikol, Frostcell, Saperisole, Zzozona, Hopsin, Eurasian Foederatio, I Like Killing people, Prydania, Fox Richy, Sevinland, Libertania Democratica, Kocherian, The Calabash Protectorate, Shinjuku tokyo 0, Halivaara, Texas States, The Democratic Kingdom Of Skaraborg, Ofrettia, Mystiquelle, Saint Lucas And Lower Nielto, Brikule, Ihsan, Pizza Squared, Innocentic, Seanat, Redmond, Brucklania, Principia Mathematica, The Canadian Peoples Republic, Maynilan, The Brunchovian Republic of Pina Colada, Arichia, East Natomes, Toygu Land, Lux Conos, Eywaan, Gray Wolfe, Nouvelle-Floride, New Jamgra, Soughts Souble, Ataraxia Somnia, Xyrron, Madjack, New-El, Buckhem, Loptous, Artemis Selene, Simone Republic, Kragsgale, Feelonia, Xipher, Cosamaloapan, Pokemanland, Amerian States, Eslatani, Astal Aavors, Illusia and Neverendia, Free Nation of Hong Kong, Cucuville, Andexia, HOoOo bAby, Vathnutum, U S Eh, Disunited Earth, Democratic Republic of Kohland, Boyne Thee, Heilhum Imperius, Warancia, WeKnow, Railroad Crossing, Harjad, Lulubellia, Cartures, Aerilia, Cretox State, Morover, Republica Guilleana, Aruvicion, Outer Shenendoah, Nuevo Navarre, Joevala, Glanst, Hardscrabble, Erubetia, Tyirza, Chips and Guac, Navsland, Lordelles, Sisang, Cereskia, Ofira, Barabolia, Magna Banitia, Draconian Progression, A Die, A Salmon Named Harold, Sopernia, Mekine, Boston Castle, Jerzykowo, Sakusen, New Ecronentia, Dai Nippon Yamato, The Peoples Republic of Kyle, Venicea, Voles Ang, Mardessa, Lubi Islands, Religioncord, Great Robertia, Pytong, Cadorto, Bankowiata, The Clever Crow, Kazoo Basin, Arloria, Harmonypine, The Unified Missourtama States, Eurochina, and Caffeinetopia.

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