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The United Socialist States of Span

“We Own Y'all!”

Category: Civil Rights Lovefest
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Location: The North Pacific



Population35.612 billion

LeaderM Shobacus Maz


The United Socialist States of Span is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by M Shobacus Maz with a fair hand, and notable for its hatred of cheese, punitive income tax rates, and devotion to social welfare. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful, devout population of 35.612 billion Spanners hold their civil and political rights very dear, although the wealthy and those in business tend to be viewed with suspicion.

The relatively small, 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 77.6%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The Spanner economy, worth a remarkable 7,328 trillion spannies a year, is highly specialized and led by the Book Publishing industry, with major contributions from Tourism and Trout Farming. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an amazing 205,795 spannies, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The nation's diplomats shake hands with those whose hands are drenched in the blood of innocents, older citizens lament over the loss of law and order, the leading national news source is 'my cousin Billy-Bob on MyFace', and politicians preface their speeches with a declaration that any resemblance to speeches given by individuals living or dead is purely coincidental. Crime is totally unknown. Span's national animal is the donkey, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Span is ranked 160,849th in the world and 8,158th in The North Pacific for Largest Insurance Industry, scoring -62.89 on the Risk Expulsion Effectiveness Rating.

Most Cheerful Citizens: 3rdNicest Citizens: 6thMost Compassionate Citizens: 11thBest Weather: 15thMost Pacifist: 32ndMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 34thLargest Publishing Industry: 35thMost Beautiful Environments: 60thLongest Average Lifespans: 65thLeast Corrupt Governments: 67thHealthiest Citizens: 103rdLargest Populations: 105thMost Devout: 162ndSmartest Citizens: 209thSafest: 209thMost Cultured: 247thLowest Crime Rates: 276thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 326thMost Rebellious Youth: 567thMost Stationary: 597thMost Influential: 602ndHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 622ndHighest Economic Output: 658thMost Inclusive: 1,187thTop
Largest Governments: 2,904thHighest Poor Incomes: 3,121stHighest Average Incomes: 5,206thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 5,384thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 6,052ndLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 7,224thHighest Drug Use: 7,350thNudest: 7,738thTop
Most Advanced Public Education: 8,703rdMost Scientifically Advanced: 10,024thLargest Welfare Programs: 13,737thMost Extensive Civil Rights: 13,766thMost Advanced Public Transport: 14,685thHighest Average Tax Rates: 14,916th
Largest Publishing Industry: 1st in the regionNicest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 2nd in the regionLargest Populations: 2nd in the regionMost Pacifist: 3rd in the regionBest Weather: 3rd in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 3rd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 3rd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 5th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 5th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 6th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 6th in the regionMost Cultured: 8th in the regionMost Devout: 9th in the regionSafest: 12th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 13th in the regionMost Stationary: 14th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 18th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 21st in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 25th in the regionMost Inclusive: 77th in the regionTop
Largest Governments: 138th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 162nd in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 181st in the regionHighest Drug Use: 187th in the regionMost Influential: 224th in the regionNudest: 240th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 245th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 246th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 309th in the regionTop
Largest Trout Fishing Sector: 437th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 454th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 524th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 561st in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 608th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 609th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 672nd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Span was endorsed by The United Regions of Glurponia.
  • : Following new legislation in Span, politicians preface their speeches with a declaration that any resemblance to speeches given by individuals living or dead is purely coincidental.
  • : Following new legislation in Span, the leading national news source is 'my cousin Billy-Bob on MyFace'.
  • : Following new legislation in Span, older citizens lament over the loss of law and order.
  • : Following new legislation in Span, the nation's diplomats shake hands with those whose hands are drenched in the blood of innocents.
  • : Following new legislation in Span, passionate nomination battles are often as intense as general elections.
  • : Following new legislation in Span, the fire brigade often deal with cases of burnt toast.
  • : Span was endorsed by The Blood Caliphate of Xzavia-Hjar.
  • : Following new legislation in Span, grocery stores can be audibly identified by the giggling emerging from them.
  • : Following new legislation in Span, traveller camps regularly block five-lane superhighways.


World Assembly

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