by Max Barry

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The Democratic Republic of Threnody

“Memento Mori”

Category: Left-wing Utopia
Civil Rights:
Basket Case
Political Freedoms:

Regional Influence: Nipper

Location: the South Pacific



Population108 million


The Democratic Republic of Threnody is a very large, genial nation, notable for its state-planned economy, irreverence towards religion, and absence of drug laws. The compassionate, democratic population of 108 million Threnodyians 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 enormous, socially-minded government juggles the competing demands of Welfare, Education, and Healthcare. The average income tax rate is 71.6%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The basket case Threnodyian economy, worth 928 billion Reais a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is quite specialized, is led by the Beef-Based Agriculture industry, with major contributions from Tourism, Retail, and Basket Weaving. Average income is 8,595 Reais, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Wrongful arrests abound as 'criminals' blame the guy next to them, political candidates recite daily pledges of loyalty to their chosen party, the Violetist community celebrates bombshells being dropped on Threnody, and the nation locks people up and tells them they're mad for compassion's sake. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Threnody's national animal is the Robin.

Threnody is ranked 34,945th in the world and 1,347th in the South Pacific for Most Extensive Civil Rights, with 72.37 Martin Luther King, Jr. Units.

Most Income Equality: 726thTop
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 3,784thHighest Drug Use: 8,230thTop
Most Primitive: 13,220th
Most Income Equality: 28th in the regionTop
Highest Drug Use: 160th in the regionTop
Highest Unexpected Death Rate: 567th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 641st in the regionMost Primitive: 650th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 652nd in the region

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