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The Independent Ocean Platform of Sycona

“Knowledge is power.” The Syconan Senate

Category: New York Times Democracy
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Location: The East Pacific



Population1.238 billion

LeaderThe Syconan Senate


The Independent Ocean Platform of Sycona is a massive, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by The Syconan Senate with a fair hand, and notable for its national health service, otherworldly petting zoo, and keen interest in outer space. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic population of 1.238 billion Syconans enjoy a sensible mix of personal and economic freedoms, while the political process is open and the people's right to vote held sacrosanct.

The relatively small, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Conoss. The average income tax rate is 43.6%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Syconan economy, worth 201 trillion quid a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Tourism, Retail, and Book Publishing. Average income is an impressive 162,728 quid, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.6 times as much as the poorest.

Foreign policy is to avoid standing up to bullies, homeowners on prime real estate have been seen dodging giant bulldozers with cartoon characters painted on them, Conoss has become the number one destination for urban exploration in The East Pacific, and doctors are trying to diagnose diseases by looking at their patients' Snipchat pictures. Crime is totally unknown. Sycona's national animal is the phoenix, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

Sycona is ranked 67,780th in the world and 2,848th in The East Pacific for Largest Welfare Programs, scoring 1,494.08 on the Safety Net Mesh Density Rating.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 1,891stTop
Most Influential: 2,373rdRudest Citizens: 2,685thLargest Retail Industry: 3,409thMost Valuable International Artwork: 4,412thMost Scientifically Advanced: 5,891stLargest Information Technology Sector: 6,563rdHighest Disposable Incomes: 7,692ndMost Developed: 8,326thSmartest Citizens: 8,500thMost Rebellious Youth: 9,691stTop
Most Efficient Economies: 10,847thHighest Average Incomes: 10,862ndHighest Poor Incomes: 11,526thLeast Corrupt Governments: 13,122ndSafest: 14,076thLargest Publishing Industry: 15,037thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 15,873rdMost Advanced Public Education: 17,297thHighest Drug Use: 17,657thMost Secular: 17,941stLongest Average Lifespans: 18,350thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 20,440th
Rudest Citizens: 69th in the regionTop
Largest Retail Industry: 84th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 115th in the regionMost Influential: 134th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 145th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 153rd in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 178th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 181st in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 208th in the regionMost Developed: 235th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 235th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 284th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 290th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 323rd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 349th in the regionTop
Largest Publishing Industry: 421st in the regionSafest: 490th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 502nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 515th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 563rd in the regionLargest Governments: 571st in the regionMost Secular: 589th in the regionMost Cultured: 594th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 595th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 622nd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 642nd in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 676th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 711th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 736th in the regionMost Politically Free: 751st in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 791st in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Sycona was endorsed by The Environmentalist Commune of Outer Verron Swicia Islands.
  • : Following new legislation in Sycona, doctors are trying to diagnose diseases by looking at their patients' Snipchat pictures.
  • : Following new legislation in Sycona, Conoss has become the number one destination for urban exploration in The East Pacific.
  • : Sycona was endorsed by The Empire of Eastern Hyront Scassen.
  • : Sycona was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Highest Poor Incomes.
  • : Sycona was endorsed by The Dominion of Under Sea Desert.
  • : Following new legislation in Sycona, homeowners on prime real estate have been seen dodging giant bulldozers with cartoon characters painted on them.
  • : Sycona changed its national capital to "Conoss".
  • : Following new legislation in Sycona, foreign policy is to avoid standing up to bullies.
  • : Following new legislation in Sycona, it is said that a Syconan woman's work is never done.


World Assembly

Endorsements Received: 122 » The Militarius Imperium, Grossvietnam, Modra, Todd McCloud, The Death Syndicate, Marrabuk, Rainbow Vests, Eagas, Rhealaliit, East Malaysia, Elejamie, H-Zhena, Wiranath, Evrigenis, Solis Ortis, Dark Edgyness, BearStackof2015, Brotherland, The Almighty Country, VW53Aland, Republic of Berzerkistan, Goodnamesarerare, The Soviet Space Commie Union, Squid Ruinosa, Volkarai, Someseni, Kampf Empire, Bullpups, Dragonia, Liberstankonia, Roliganistan, Teddington, The White Anderlandic Coast, Am Echad, New Liberitad, Servants of Gizmo, Pakitsk, Interdimensional Waifus, Headpat Central, Chols Worithopia, Tshana, Tuvaltastan, Kucia, Aeljae, Monix, Slys Paws, Freedom Fascists, Unger under over, Federated States of Zootron, Cameronia Excellentia, and 72 others.New Leganes, Kangarawa, Enou, Wallenburg, Galve, Zukchiva, Arstron, Asendavia, La xinga, The Solar Ottomans, Abtracnt, Calbee, Ridann, Adolanta, Stellar Colonies, Republic of New India, Drunken Seal Islands, United China Nation, Trulu, Socialist Holy American Empire, Trimmania, Citergue, Tretrid, Schrebia, The Eternal Land of Jong, Kilkire, Bai Lung, Axdel, Jakubonia, Coruh, Azureano, ReeK, Dragons Blood, Libertanny, JohorRiau, Arkantis, Kevduxia, Ripsylvania, Lingu, Rohanland, Chubaka, Acronis, BuciLand, The Three States of Fortuna, Staynes, Kriov, Technocratic Tagalog, Mays Austrian Nation, Raunch, Greater New Cassandra, Khadah, Arcady-Asclepia, Tseriesiscoming, The Brazillian Parlament Of Idideology, CheeseBurrito, Our Gods, Lostwill, Flench, Filipopol, A mean old man, Grey Haven of Tauraucania, Santa Dystopia, Survivoristan, BTProductions, Firenation91, Refuge Isle, Quinto Piano, Samaltak True, Broengtopia, Under Sea Desert, Eastern Hyront Scassen, and Outer Verron Swicia Islands.

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