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The Republic of Tellesopia

“What the heck?”

Category: Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
Civil Rights:
Political Freedoms:
Very Good

Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: Lazarus



Population11.309 billion


The Republic of Tellesopia is a gargantuan, genial nation, remarkable for its rum-swilling pirates, lack of airports, and sprawling nuclear power plants. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 11.309 billion Tellesopians have some civil rights, but not too many, enjoy the freedom to spend their money however they like, to a point, and take part in free and open elections, although not too often.

The medium-sized government juggles the competing demands of Education, Environment, and Administration. The average income tax rate is 94.2%.

The frighteningly efficient Tellesopian economy, worth a remarkable 3,111 trillion Sellets 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 an enormous, deeply entrenched, highly specialized black market in Book Publishing, Tourism, and Information Technology. 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 an amazing 275,141 Sellets, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The government mails weekly updates on the new anti-junk mail laws to every citizen, nude art is becoming wildly popular, politicians tend to speak more loudly and slowly these days, and praying before a battle is a court-martial offence. Crime, especially youth-related, is all-pervasive, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. Tellesopia's national animal is the Wombat, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Tellesopia is ranked 9,639th in the world and 546th in Lazarus for Most Scientifically Advanced, scoring 388.67 on the Kurzweil Singularity Index.

Largest Publishing Industry: 92ndMost Inclusive: 181stMost Rebellious Youth: 206thMost Beautiful Environments: 233rdMost Cultured: 267thMost Developed: 369thLongest Average Lifespans: 438thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 497thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 498thBest Weather: 552ndHighest Crime Rates: 594thLargest Black Market: 810thMost Secular: 938thHighest Poor Incomes: 982ndMost Pacifist: 1,159thSmartest Citizens: 1,173rdMost Advanced Public Education: 1,273rdNicest Citizens: 1,519thRudest Citizens: 1,538thMost Compassionate Citizens: 1,580thTop
Most Cheerful Citizens: 1,722ndHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1,759thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1,979thHighest Average Incomes: 2,180thLargest Information Technology Sector: 2,535thHighest Economic Output: 3,249thLargest Governments: 3,366thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 3,465thMost Subsidized Industry: 3,539thMost Efficient Economies: 3,588thHealthiest Citizens: 3,958thHighest Average Tax Rates: 5,095thMost Advanced Public Transport: 5,857thMost Stationary: 7,166thTop
Least Corrupt Governments: 9,035thMost Scientifically Advanced: 9,639thMost Influential: 10,959thHighest Drug Use: 12,547thNudest: 13,283rdHighest Wealthy Incomes: 13,973rd
Largest Publishing Industry: 1st in the regionMost Inclusive: 2nd in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 7th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 8th in the regionMost Cultured: 8th in the regionMost Developed: 10th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 13th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 14th in the regionBest Weather: 23rd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 25th in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 33rd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 36th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 37th in the regionMost Secular: 38th in the regionLargest Black Market: 42nd in the regionMost Pacifist: 50th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 59th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 62nd in the regionNicest Citizens: 63rd in the regionRudest Citizens: 66th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 70th in the regionTop
Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 81st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 97th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 100th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 108th in the regionMost Stationary: 116th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 155th in the regionLargest Governments: 176th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 186th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 205th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 212th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 216th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 310th in the regionMost Influential: 328th in the regionTop
Most Advanced Public Transport: 442nd in the regionHighest Drug Use: 455th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 509th in the regionNudest: 528th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 546th in the regionLargest Populations: 553rd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 651st in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Tellesopia, praying before a battle is a court-martial offence.
  • : Following new legislation in Tellesopia, politicians tend to speak more loudly and slowly these days.
  • : Following new legislation in Tellesopia, nude art is becoming wildly popular.
  • : Following new legislation in Tellesopia, the government mails weekly updates on the new anti-junk mail laws to every citizen.
  • : Following new legislation in Tellesopia, all statues and paintings of dogs are being destroyed to avoid offending cat-lovers.
  • : Following new legislation in Tellesopia, jabbing a baby's bottle at officials gets parents waved straight through immigration.
  • : Following new legislation in Tellesopia, government buildings are being cleansed of anything that might have racist connotations.
  • : Following new legislation in Tellesopia, the government is continually probing the galaxy in search of alien life.
  • : Following new legislation in Tellesopia, veteran cops reminisce over their heavy armor days.
  • : Following new legislation in Tellesopia, there is a dearth of space for new houses.


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