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The Kingdom of Sursidia

“The sea is our battleground!” King Gustolphus XIII

Category: Psychotic Dictatorship
Civil Rights:
Unheard Of
Economy:
Good
Political Freedoms:
Outlawed

Regional Influence: Minnow

Location: Lazarus

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Sursidia

Population3.139 billion

CapitalIsstrim
LeaderKing Gustolphus XIII
FaithGustolphism

CurrencySkard
AnimalGreen shark

The Kingdom of Sursidia is a massive, cultured nation, ruled by King Gustolphus XIII with an iron fist, and notable for its public floggings, disturbing lack of elderly people, and irreverence towards religion. The hard-nosed, cynical population of 3.139 billion Sursidians are ruled without fear or favor by a psychotic dictator, who outlaws just about everything and refers to the populace as "my little playthings."

The large, corrupt, moralistic, socially-minded, well-organized government prioritizes Defense, with Law & Order, Education, and Administration also on the agenda, while International Aid and Spirituality are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Isstrim. The average income tax rate is 71.1%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The Sursidian economy, worth 280 trillion Skards a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is a slick, highly efficient black market in Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, Book Publishing, and Uranium Mining. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is 89,321 Skards, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Companies struggle to cover for the hordes of employees on parental leave, several citizens have complained about scientists abducting their pets for experimentation, construction of the Really Big Hadron Collider is underway, and citizens who don't recite the Pledge of Sursidia at least three times a day are placed on a terrorist watch-list. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Sursidia's national animal is the Green shark, which frolics freely in the nation's sparkling oceans, and its national religion is Gustolphism.

Sursidia is ranked 214,301st in the world and 7,877th in Lazarus for Highest Foreign Aid Spending, scoring -10.49 on the Clooney Contribution Index.

Top
5%
Most Secular: 3,082ndNudest: 5,359thMost Authoritarian: 5,398thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 6,680thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 8,005thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 11,021stLowest Crime Rates: 11,153rdHealthiest Citizens: 11,187thTop
10%
Most Corrupt Governments: 11,382ndLargest Manufacturing Sector: 12,567thBest Weather: 12,603rdMost Conservative: 12,630thMost Beautiful Environments: 18,138thMost Extreme: 20,096thLargest Black Market: 21,558thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 22,034thLargest Governments: 22,366th
Top
5%
Most Authoritarian: 153rd in the regionMost Secular: 154th in the regionNudest: 264th in the regionMost Extreme: 336th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 409th in the regionTop
10%
Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 424th in the regionMost Conservative: 553rd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 605th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 634th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 657th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 665th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 665th in the regionBest Weather: 689th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 696th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Sursidia was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Healthiest Citizens and Lowest Crime Rates and the Top 10% for Largest Governments.
  • : Sursidia was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Popular Tourist Destinations.
  • : Sursidia's influence in Lazarus rose from "Nipper" to "Minnow".
  • : Sursidia was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Conservative.
  • : Sursidia was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Advanced Law Enforcement.
  • : Sursidia was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Popular Tourist Destinations.
  • : Following new legislation in Sursidia, citizens who don't recite the Pledge of Sursidia at least three times a day are placed on a terrorist watch-list.
  • : Following new legislation in Sursidia, construction of the Really Big Hadron Collider is underway.
  • : Following new legislation in Sursidia, several citizens have complained about scientists abducting their pets for experimentation.
  • : Following new legislation in Sursidia, companies struggle to cover for the hordes of employees on parental leave.

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