by Max Barry

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Largest Welfare Programs: 1,699th Most Secular: 2,422nd Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 3,319th
The Republic of
Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
Mutua hominum necessitudo et superbia
Influence
Sprat
Civil Rights
Excellent
Economy
All-Consuming
Political Freedom
Very Good

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Souterrak

Population2.674 billion

CurrencyRaken
AnimalFox

The Republic of Souterrak is a massive, environmentally stunning nation, renowned for its museums and concert halls, national health service, and daily referendums. The compassionate, democratic population of 2.674 billion Souterrakians 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 government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked morass — juggles the competing demands of Education, Welfare, and Environment. The average income tax rate is 91.6%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The all-consuming Souterrakian economy, worth 237 trillion Rakens a year, is highly specialized and led by the Tourism industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology and Book Publishing. Average income is 88,636 Rakens, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.7 times as much as the poorest.

The new coalition government has 99 problems and can't agree on how to fix one, baiting is a national sport, citizens buy season tickets on a 20-year payment plan, and classes are regularly interrupted by drunken children. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Souterrak's national animal is the Fox, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Souterrak is ranked 153,849th in the world and 5,622nd in The East Pacific for Largest Insurance Industry, scoring -13.71 on the Risk Expulsion Effectiveness Rating.

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Largest Welfare Programs: 1,699thMost Secular: 2,422ndHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 3,319thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 3,531stMost World Assembly Endorsements: 4,200thMost Advanced Public Transport: 4,348thMost Pacifist: 4,373rdMost Advanced Public Education: 4,631stMost Compassionate Citizens: 5,207thNicest Citizens: 5,366thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 5,608thMost Inclusive: 6,475thHighest Average Tax Rates: 6,751stMost Beautiful Environments: 7,604thSafest: 7,836thTop
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Most Cheerful Citizens: 8,122ndMost Influential: 8,338thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 8,365thMost Cultured: 8,644thLeast Corrupt Governments: 8,747thBest Weather: 8,965thLongest Average Lifespans: 9,035thLargest Governments: 12,844thMost Developed: 15,258thSmartest Citizens: 15,696thHealthiest Citizens: 16,048th
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Largest Welfare Programs: 28th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 54th in the regionTop
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Most Secular: 69th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 73rd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 73rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 118th in the regionMost Pacifist: 125th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 126th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 149th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 153rd in the regionNicest Citizens: 159th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 193rd in the regionMost Inclusive: 197th in the regionMost Cultured: 218th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 223rd in the regionSafest: 225th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 244th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 257th in the regionBest Weather: 263rd in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 272nd in the regionTop
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Largest Governments: 314th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 400th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 422nd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 434th in the regionMost Developed: 447th in the regionMost Stationary: 462nd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 469th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 499th in the regionMost Influential: 507th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 518th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Souterrak, classes are regularly interrupted by drunken children.
  • : Following new legislation in Souterrak, citizens buy season tickets on a 20-year payment plan.
  • : Following new legislation in Souterrak, baiting is a national sport.
  • : Following new legislation in Souterrak, the new coalition government has 99 problems and can't agree on how to fix one.
  • : Following new legislation in Souterrak, a blood-red mark on the doorframe means a building must be passed over for destruction.
  • : Following new legislation in Souterrak, one-man canoes fitted with the latest tracking technology leave no room for one man.
  • : Following new legislation in Souterrak, anti-government web sites are springing up.
  • : Following new legislation in Souterrak, there has been a rapid increase of noise complaints over the sound of buzzing bees.
  • : Following new legislation in Souterrak, the state believes that nature-oriented summer camps will somehow solve youth crime.
  • : Following new legislation in Souterrak, children often explain to their parents that the Mega Ultimate Sword Fist was worth the thousand-Raken charge on their phone bill.

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