by Max Barry

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Most Cheerful Citizens: 3,170thHealthiest Citizens: 4,237thLargest Welfare Programs: 4,317th
The People's Socialist Republic of
Liberal Democratic Socialists Open-Minded Education State
Die free, live in slavery.
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

Overview Policies People Government Economy Rank Trend Cards


Population14.458 billion

LeaderConstantine Rizzo

Animalkiller koala bear

The People's Socialist Republic of Bolshikstan is a gargantuan, socially progressive nation, ruled by Constantine Rizzo with a fair hand, and remarkable for its strictly enforced bedtime, anti-smoking policies, and stringent health and safety legislation. The democratic, cheerful population of 14.458 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 receives no funds. The average income tax rate is 92.6%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The Bolshikstanian economy, worth a remarkable 1,044 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 36,169th in the world and 1,835th in Balder for Most Developed, scoring 70.19 on the Human Development Index.

Most Cheerful Citizens: 3,170thHealthiest Citizens: 4,237thLargest Welfare Programs: 4,317thMost Cultured: 5,012thLeast Corrupt Governments: 5,203rdLongest Average Lifespans: 5,657thSafest: 5,801stLargest Publishing Industry: 6,138thHighest Average Tax Rates: 6,201stBest Weather: 6,591stSmartest Citizens: 6,776thLowest Crime Rates: 6,797thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 6,835thMost Beautiful Environments: 6,935thMost Advanced Public Education: 7,556thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 8,051stMost Advanced Public Transport: 8,704thTop
Largest Governments: 10,535thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 10,660thLargest Populations: 14,455thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 15,687thNicest Citizens: 16,053rdHighest Economic Output: 16,090thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 16,095thMost Secular: 16,272ndMost Inclusive: 16,968thMost Income Equality: 18,160th
Most Cheerful Citizens: 124th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 195th in the regionMost Cultured: 211th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 238th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 276th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 282nd in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 286th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 289th in the regionSafest: 324th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 329th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 333rd in the regionBest Weather: 337th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 342nd in the regionLargest Populations: 342nd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 357th in the regionTop
Most Advanced Public Education: 400th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 442nd in the regionMost Income Equality: 528th in the regionLargest Governments: 575th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 610th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 627th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 669th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 742nd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Bolshikstan's influence in Balder rose from "Nipper" to "Minnow".
  • : 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.


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