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Most Cheerful Citizens: 3,162ndHealthiest Citizens: 4,225thLargest Welfare Programs: 4,295th
The People's Socialist Republic of
Liberal Democratic Socialists
Die free, live in slavery.
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

Overview Policies People Government Economy Rank Trend Cards


Population14.396 billion

LeaderConstantine Rizzo

Animalkiller koala bear

The People's Socialist Republic of Bolshikstan is a gargantuan, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Constantine Rizzo with a fair hand, and remarkable for its compulsory military service, keen interest in outer space, and multi-spousal wedding ceremonies. The democratic, cheerful population of 14.396 billion Bolshikstanians love a good election, and the government gives them plenty of them. Universities tend to be full of students debating the merits of various civil and political rights, while businesses are tightly regulated and the wealthy viewed with suspicion.

The government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked morass — prioritizes Education, with Welfare, Defense, and Healthcare also on the agenda, while Spirituality isn't funded at all. The average income tax rate is 92.6%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The Bolshikstanian economy, worth a remarkable 1,039 trillion bolishtars a year, is highly specialized and mostly made up of the Book Publishing industry, with significant contributions from Arms Manufacturing. State-owned companies are common. Average income is 72,230 bolishtars, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Hidden bedroom-cams are installed to catch mothers doing their kids' homework, grinding bureaucracy has the international wheels of justice turning slowly, family isn't who you're born with but who you abandon in foreign countries, and Formula One cars in Bolshikstan boast 56 miles per gallon. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Bolshikstan's national animal is the killer koala bear, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Bolshikstan is ranked 5,802nd in the world and 316th in Balder for Safest, scoring 126.12 on the Bubble-Rapp Safety Rating.

Most Cheerful Citizens: 3,162ndHealthiest Citizens: 4,225thLargest Welfare Programs: 4,295thMost Cultured: 5,012thLeast Corrupt Governments: 5,134thLongest Average Lifespans: 5,637thSafest: 5,802ndLargest Publishing Industry: 6,129thHighest Average Tax Rates: 6,204thBest Weather: 6,577thSmartest Citizens: 6,769thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 6,822ndLowest Crime Rates: 6,825thMost Beautiful Environments: 6,919thMost Advanced Public Education: 7,542ndMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 8,018thMost Advanced Public Transport: 8,711thTop
Largest Governments: 10,567thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 10,607thLargest Populations: 14,475thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 15,732ndNicest Citizens: 16,012thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 16,071stHighest Economic Output: 16,152ndMost Secular: 16,229thMost Inclusive: 16,887thMost Income Equality: 18,752nd
Most Cheerful Citizens: 126th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 192nd in the regionMost Cultured: 217th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 232nd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 269th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 281st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 282nd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 282nd in the regionSafest: 316th in the regionBest Weather: 320th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 322nd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 322nd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 332nd in the regionLargest Populations: 333rd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 348th in the regionTop
Most Advanced Public Education: 386th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 435th in the regionMost Income Equality: 500th in the regionLargest Governments: 567th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 596th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 620th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 659th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 738th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Bolshikstan was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Highest Drug Use.
  • : Bolshikstan was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Highest Poor Incomes.
  • : Bolshikstan was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Eco-Friendly Governments and Largest Governments.
  • : Bolshikstan's influence in Balder rose from "Newcomer" to "Nipper".
  • : Bolshikstan's influence in Balder rose from "Hatchling" to "Newcomer".
  • : Bolshikstan's influence in Balder rose from "Unproven" to "Hatchling".
  • : Bolshikstan's influence in Balder rose from "Zero" to "Unproven".
  • : Bolshikstan altered its national flag.
  • : Bolshikstan was refounded in Balder.
  • : Bolshikstan ceased to exist in The East Pacific.


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