by Max Barry

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Least Corrupt Governments: 2,030th Largest Welfare Programs: 2,242nd Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 2,895th
The Commonwealth of
Liberal Democratic Socialists
Workers of the world, unite!
Civil Rights
Very Good
Political Freedom
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Population1.483 billion

LeaderKhannah Zofia Iakobiak


The Commonwealth of Menshland is a massive, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Khannah Zofia Iakobiak with a fair hand, and remarkable for its museums and concert halls, multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, and punitive income tax rates. The compassionate, democratic population of 1.483 billion Menshn 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, socially-minded, outspoken morass — juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Welfare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Mensh'tat. The average income tax rate is 94.0%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The strong Menshish economy, worth 110 trillion Gleichmarks a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is extremely specialized, is mostly made up of the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing. Average income is 74,234 Gleichmarks, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The Party has more splits than a yo-yo dieter's trousers, crowded passenger trains are near-silent save for the soft tap of fingers on touchscreens, the government has officially clarified that "wee on your hands to save time" does not count as proper hygiene, and country folk are sent to obligatory boarding schools to learn how to be civilized. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Menshland's national animal is the Dolphin, which frolics freely in the nation's sparkling oceans, and its national religion is Secularist-Humanism.

Menshland is ranked 162,852nd in the world and 6,175th in The East Pacific for Lowest Overall Tax Burden, scoring -242.99 on the Hayek Index.

Least Corrupt Governments: 2,030thLargest Welfare Programs: 2,242ndHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 2,895thMost Pacifist: 3,005thSafest: 3,073rdHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 3,283rdMost Compassionate Citizens: 3,330thNicest Citizens: 3,465thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 4,765thMost Inclusive: 4,804thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 5,189thHighest Average Tax Rates: 5,366thMost Cheerful Citizens: 5,812thMost Income Equality: 5,975thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 6,035thMost Advanced Public Education: 6,398thBest Weather: 6,618thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 8,420thTop
Most Beautiful Environments: 8,981stLongest Average Lifespans: 9,129thHealthiest Citizens: 9,544thLowest Crime Rates: 10,222ndLargest Governments: 12,293rdMost Cultured: 12,706thMost Politically Free: 14,034thMost Influential: 14,380thSmartest Citizens: 15,077thMost Secular: 15,945th
Largest Welfare Programs: 41st in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 51st in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 54th in the regionTop
Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 79th in the regionSafest: 85th in the regionMost Pacifist: 88th in the regionNicest Citizens: 95th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 101st in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 111th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 119th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 139th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 141st in the regionMost Inclusive: 147th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 162nd in the regionBest Weather: 188th in the regionMost Income Equality: 237th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 244th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 244th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 250th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 253rd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 257th in the regionLargest Governments: 287th in the regionMost Politically Free: 313th in the regionTop
Most Cultured: 317th in the regionNudest: 375th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 405th in the regionMost Secular: 477th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 521st in the region

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