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The Republic of Surd

“Strength in Unity”

Category: Left-wing Utopia
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Regional Influence: Apprentice

Location: Lazarus



Population7.221 billion

LeaderJorge Ribeiro


The Republic of Surd is a colossal, socially progressive nation, ruled by Jorge Ribeiro with a fair hand, and remarkable for its museums and concert halls, sprawling nuclear power plants, and state-planned economy. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 7.221 billion Surds 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 large, socially-minded government juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Environment. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Guendia. The average income tax rate is 99.7%.

The frighteningly efficient Surdic economy, worth a remarkable 1,648 trillion Fioris 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 led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Tourism and Book Publishing. Average income is an amazing 228,343 Fioris, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The weather report is the prisoners' favourite programme, national parks have long lines of different gender-specific 'Porta-Pottys', Surds submit requests for a date in writing with an enclosed RSVP card, and courtrooms can be a little sketchy. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Surd's national animal is the Robin, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Surd is ranked 3,528th in the world and 185th in Lazarus for Most Cheerful Citizens, with 61.45 Percentage Of Water Glasses Perceived Half-Full.

Most Compassionate Citizens: 546thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 636thNicest Citizens: 659thSafest: 712thMost Developed: 724thLongest Average Lifespans: 857thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 865thMost Pacifist: 954thBest Weather: 954thHealthiest Citizens: 961stHighest Average Tax Rates: 990thLowest Crime Rates: 1,002ndMost Beautiful Environments: 1,159thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1,216thMost Inclusive: 1,224thLargest Governments: 1,255thLeast Corrupt Governments: 1,325thMost Advanced Public Education: 1,362ndMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1,435thHighest Poor Incomes: 1,486thSmartest Citizens: 1,501stMost Scientifically Advanced: 1,750thLargest Welfare Programs: 1,779thMost Secular: 1,818thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 1,909thTop
Most Influential: 2,083rdLargest Information Technology Sector: 2,160thMost Cultured: 2,592ndMost Efficient Economies: 2,955thMost Advanced Public Transport: 3,069thLargest Publishing Industry: 3,180thMost Cheerful Citizens: 3,528thMost Valuable International Artwork: 3,548thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 3,639thHighest Average Incomes: 4,371stMost Subsidized Industry: 5,462ndHighest Economic Output: 9,506thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 9,972ndTop
Most Income Equality: 15,739th
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 11th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 17th in the regionMost Influential: 21st in the regionNicest Citizens: 23rd in the regionMost Developed: 23rd in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 23rd in the regionSafest: 31st in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 32nd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 33rd in the regionMost Pacifist: 41st in the regionBest Weather: 41st in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 41st in the regionMost Inclusive: 48th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 49th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 51st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 52nd in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 56th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 58th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 59th in the regionLargest Governments: 62nd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 62nd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 67th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 68th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 77th in the regionTop
Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 81st in the regionMost Secular: 82nd in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 86th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 118th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 125th in the regionMost Cultured: 125th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 143rd in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 185th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 212th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 217th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 219th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 238th in the regionTop
Highest Economic Output: 466th in the regionMost Income Equality: 474th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 576th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Surd was endorsed by The Heart of The United Syrian States.
  • : Following new legislation in Surd, courtrooms can be a little sketchy.
  • : Following new legislation in Surd, Surds submit requests for a date in writing with an enclosed RSVP card.
  • : Following new legislation in Surd, national parks have long lines of different gender-specific 'Porta-Pottys'.
  • : Following new legislation in Surd, the weather report is the prisoners' favourite programme.
  • : Following new legislation in Surd, drunk drivers are sent to rehabilitation paid for by the government.
  • : Following new legislation in Surd, the nation has an international reputation for compassion.
  • : Surd voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Access to Abortion".
  • : Surd endorsed The 😳😳😳 of SunnyPhiladelphia.
  • : Surd endorsed The Holy Dictatorship of Doperland.


World Assembly

Endorsements Received: 120 » Treadwellia, The Sigometh Dynasty, Pherttsylvania, Auralon, Mainze, The Salvation States, Grand Place, Aflana, Custadia, Loftegen 3, Steel Vagabonds, Aegis-5, Glorious Society, Guiness Freaks, Axixic, Northern Rosary Isles, Denado, Leonism, Outlaw Conformity, Halliway, Port Flynt, Burning Pants, Aigania, Snoodum, Lazarene Ryccia, Sombrassino, Navordia, Perchan, Tristin, Nargorthia, Aleckandor, New Canadian Military Junta, Darcaethir, Aguaria Major, Margandy, Tor Otto, Praenestia, Shaunborough, Bravenewworld, Astalen, Laporter, Arkanik, Rommanda, Othan, Nippon Shotou Teikoku, Aletian, Marcellinople, Courlany, Shadowra, Zetaopalatopia, and 70 others.Baelju, Fissure Town, Sireco, Cossack Peoples, Emperor PJ, Mo-Po-Lo-Jo-To-Jo, Manaric, Inceptio, Thetraxia, Caybow, Uhanda, The New California Republic, Aaecilia, Bobs raider puppet, Treat-Seeking Missiles, Russiane, Nova Zemlya, Issrak-om, Kamikaze89, The Celestial Lands, Wishper, The Islands of Colwell, TypoTech, The Daedric Lords, Wilhelmsborough, Ioboriya, Tottoro, Antolica, Capercom, Skin Nation The Second, Amertheria, Sveta Makreshanska Kraljevina, Dernel, Peoples Republic of zanzablanzabar, Xracona, Kunigund, Arclandia, Demonos, Kawaiidesh, Silver Minner, Nord Gronland, Yurp, Wolfana, Zhuzistan, Tradle Peloni, Mzeusia, Domais, Captain Apollo, Xotrea, Manica, Zekrosz, Pepper Island Democratica Freeland Papri, Prodomina, Riau Islands, Deciduslava, Bukowina, Cullden, Ecchi Unlimited, Potted Plants United, Kubaroony, New Rogernomics, Amalice, Klaisur, Debussy, Sneyland, PinkFloyd and The Beatles, Legendary Magus, Ladandtopia, Owans, and The United Syrian States.

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