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Most Cheerful Citizens: 4thNicest Citizens: 6thLargest Publishing Industry: 12th
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Population38.131 billion

LeaderM Shobacus Maz


The United Socialist States of Span is a gargantuan, safe nation, ruled by M Shobacus Maz with a fair hand, and renowned for its rum-swilling pirates, infamous sell-swords, and devotion to social welfare. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful, devout population of 38.131 billion Spanners hold their civil and political rights very dear, although the wealthy and those in business tend to be viewed with suspicion.

The relatively small, liberal government juggles the competing demands of Education, Environment, and Welfare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Maz. The average income tax rate is 85.1%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The strong Spanner economy, worth a remarkable 9,848 trillion spannies a year, is highly specialized and led by the Book Publishing industry, with major contributions from Tourism and Trout Farming. Average income is an amazing 258,270 spannies, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Debates on whether toilet seats should be left up or down are increasingly commonplace, the voyages of obsolete star-trekking satellites on deliberate escape orbits are only just beginning, spoiler warnings are now given out before political speeches, and small children are learning a lot of new words from a teacher with Tourette Syndrome. Crime is totally unknown. Span's national animal is the donkey, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Span is ranked 3,776th in the world and 91st in The North Pacific for Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector, scoring 8,482.33 on the Henry Ford Productivity Index.

Most Cheerful Citizens: 4thNicest Citizens: 6thLargest Publishing Industry: 12thMost Compassionate Citizens: 18thBest Weather: 19thMost Pacifist: 34thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 38thMost Beautiful Environments: 68thLeast Corrupt Governments: 71stLargest Populations: 98thHealthiest Citizens: 101stLongest Average Lifespans: 168thMost Devout: 170thSafest: 209thSmartest Citizens: 228thMost Cultured: 242ndLowest Crime Rates: 308thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 321stHighest Economic Output: 448thMost Rebellious Youth: 539thMost Stationary: 559thMost Influential: 562ndHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 745thMost Inclusive: 845thHighest Poor Incomes: 1,540thTop
Largest Governments: 2,581stHighest Average Incomes: 3,079thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 3,449thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 3,776thMost Advanced Public Education: 5,430thMost Scientifically Advanced: 5,637thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 5,663rdLargest Welfare Programs: 7,947thMost Advanced Public Transport: 9,925thNudest: 10,073rdTop
Highest Average Tax Rates: 10,873rdHighest Drug Use: 15,008thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 15,323rdMost Extensive Civil Rights: 19,195thMost Developed: 20,364th
Largest Publishing Industry: 1st in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Populations: 2nd in the regionNicest Citizens: 2nd in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 2nd in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 3rd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 3rd in the regionMost Pacifist: 3rd in the regionBest Weather: 4th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 5th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 7th in the regionMost Cultured: 9th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 9th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 10th in the regionSafest: 10th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 10th in the regionMost Devout: 10th in the regionMost Stationary: 11th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 17th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 21st in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 40th in the regionMost Inclusive: 62nd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 83rd in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 91st in the regionTop
Largest Governments: 128th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 155th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 169th in the regionMost Influential: 186th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 226th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 249th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 264th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 342nd in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 349th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 366th in the regionNudest: 370th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 383rd in the regionTop
Most Extensive Civil Rights: 469th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 483rd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 558th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Span, small children are learning a lot of new words from a teacher with Tourette Syndrome.
  • : Following new legislation in Span, spoiler warnings are now given out before political speeches.
  • : Span was endorsed by The Republic of Barabolia.
  • : Span was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Advanced Public Transport and the Top 10% for Most Developed.
  • : Following new legislation in Span, the voyages of obsolete star-trekking satellites on deliberate escape orbits are only just beginning.
  • : Following new legislation in Span, debates on whether toilet seats should be left up or down are increasingly commonplace.
  • : Span was endorsed by The Republic of Drennicka.
  • : Span was endorsed by The Principality of Ofira.
  • : Span was endorsed by The Federal Islamic Republic of Cereskia.
  • : Span was endorsed by The Empire of Sisang.


World Assembly

Endorsements Received: 332 » Fengate, Yaorozu, Elevation, Former English Colony, Selfgradatude, Unimaginable Doom, Venezuelia, Calamazo, Dutchyland, The Teddy, Great Bights Mum, Nubianica, Eglise Sainte Eve, Shadowrik, Necromonia, Zerophix, Karazan, New Lakemba, Felpolandia, Ultima Terra, Xentherida, Notyoutopia, Esplandia, Sunto, Frances Francis the First of France, Corfad, The Isle of Grossmania, Kelvaros Prime, Highton Islands, Manticore utopia, Walter Jackson, French Bananastan, Choistan, Sil Dorsett, Holy Oranz, Wineclaw, Dopeland420, Siwale, The United Chase States, Alice Gardens, Panama Coalition, New Chilokver, Cloydicia, SORT, Ice and Tinian, Pallaith, Buckerino, Kwaj, Holy Marcus Empire, Ilisseia, and 282 others.Puczovska, Diodone, Zokk, Zeternia, Yukti, The Syca, The Iron Lions, Srpski Novo Zelandjani, Moubarakistan, Universal State Formula, PlanetPunk, Territorio di Nessuno, Detrivania, Free Culture, Abiswashyo-bhumi, Cinnibar, Vexilia, Atain, Zyvetskistaahn, Shibutani, Sea Ghost, New Trisone, Koda-Land, United Draconia, Empy, The Gamer Party, Whereisthatistan, Sundred, Avemterra, Ethnon, Maott, El Fiji Grande, Kobagia, Wilkshire, Amestris-Britannia, Dar es Saalam, The Lucky but Unfortunate Wanderers, New Pruessen, Pasargad, The Rhein States, The Most Freedom Ever, Malta Comino Gozo, Napnomadia, Valhalla123, Vincone Cae, North Bratislava, Omnistria, Kasazzastan, Potatolandium, Rosewood-, Bearical, Unsophisticate, The Windmilluminati, Dreadton, Ninjak30, Eri-Maqa-Ena, The Sinclarian Provinces, Guer Aike, Niradans, The Discipled, Asgardira, Votak Matim, Egalico, Solmetria, Joodey, Mhelon, Steampunk Ariel, Plangainer, Trillius, Newpromisedland, Soviet Terran, 1 very fast endotarter, Loutsland, Destructive Government Endorsing System, Haor Chall, Noahs Second Country, Newam, The Penguin Confederacy, Orado, Astrind, Zumlandia, Ajibola, Glurponia, Zeno-sama, Runeda, Daiz, The Tampa Bay Rays, New Octicarg, McMasterdonia, The Stratosphere Islands, Moanapo, Freyford, Nakayo, Wisconsota, Gnomewatchers, Kranostav, Tachycardia, PotatoFarmers, Pazair, Seenvorland, Clan Spaniel, Dabarastan, United Kahndaq, The Kingdom and Realm of Anubis, Viridiann, Easternryke, Interdimensional Zone, Ravendi, Godwanna, Nationeer, Sile Maungistan, The Navy Blue, Anungu, Terban Kedah, Misthas, Toshavo III, Valentine Z, Praeceps, Fendlium, Volstokn, East Akra, Cobleck Weleis, Abject Ludicrosity, Arlens Apartment, Loli County, Hamerica, States of Asra, Fayyayid, Merconitonitopia, Serendipita Martia, Xagill, Dakota Territories, Woodsend, Hyphen, The New Communist Republic Of States, Psychotic Vegans, Wit Noreis, MiaryBhalzhack, Yokciq Empire, The Endless Eventide, Abonland, The United Federal Nation, Wolvenland, Ihese, SherpDaWerp in TNP, Saint Alaric, The Lancerian Empire, Crader, Prevaland, The Galactic Triumvirate, Irishvan, Supreme Leader Hadrian, Zecit, Antiyard, Olofin, Nistriabar, Varola, Unshleepd, Gautania, Arizona Zervas, Sebatopia, Schnuftelland, Pleroma Sans Romans, The Pantheons, Solskjar, Korovan Isles, Fizban, Westinor, Centromuria, Astronomical, Solimun, Fauzjhia, The Serdey Islands, Mesopotama, Paul Pasch, Greater Pittsburgh, The Ricebenders, Visburgh, Sikol, Frostcell, Saperisole, Zzozona, Hopsin, Eurasian Foederatio, I Like Killing people, Prydania, Fox Richy, Sevinland, Libertania Democratica, Kocherian, The Calabash Protectorate, Shinjuku tokyo 0, Halivaara, Texas States, The Democratic Kingdom Of Skaraborg, The Free States of Avalon, Ofrettia, Mystiquelle, Saint Lucas And Lower Nielto, Brikule, Ihsan, Pizza Squared, Innocentic, Seanat, Redmond, Brucklania, Principia Mathematica, The Canadian Peoples Republic, Maynilan, The Brunchovian Republic of Pina Colada, Arichia, The United States of Nuclear Weapons, East Natomes, Toygu Land, Lux Conos, Eywaan, Gray Wolfe, Damsmel, Nouvelle-Floride, New Jamgra, Soughts Souble, Ataraxia Somnia, Xyrron, Madjack, New-El, Irunjarai, Buckhem, Loptous, Artemis Selene, Simone Republic, Kragsgale, Feelonia, Xipher, Cosamaloapan, Pokemanland, Amerian States, Eslatani, Astal Aavors, Illusia and Neverendia, Free Nation of Hong Kong, Cucuville, Ultra777, Andexia, HOoOo bAby, Vathnutum, U S Eh, Great Vritania, Disunited Earth, Democratic Republic of Kohland, Eschatosia, Boyne Thee, Heilhum Imperius, Warancia, WeKnow, Railroad Crossing, Harjad, Therizia, Aleklandia, Lulubellia, Cartures, Aerilia, Cretox State, Morover, Republica Guilleana, Reission, Aruvicion, Outer Shenendoah, Nuevo Navarre, Joevala, Glanst, Amprak, Hardscrabble, Erubetia, Tyirza, Comfed, Chips and Guac, Navsland, Lordelles, Sisang, Cereskia, Ofira, and Barabolia.

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