by Max Barry

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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 1,369th Most Influential: 1,868th Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 5,207th
The Darkness Clan of
Democratic Socialists Ordinary Caring Intelligent World Citizens
From The Darkness, The Shadows Rise
Jennu Umbra
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Population4.671 billion

CapitalIskios City
LeaderJennu Umbra


The Darkness Clan of Iskios is a massive, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Jennu Umbra with an even hand, and notable for its complete lack of prisons, smutty television, and anti-smoking policies. The compassionate, democratic population of 4.671 billion Iskiosians are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked, socially-minded morass — juggles the competing demands of Education, Environment, and Welfare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Iskios City. The average income tax rate is 80.9%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The thriving Iskiosian economy, worth 320 trillion Shadows a year, is highly specialized and mostly made up of the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Tourism. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is 68,631 Shadows, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Earthquake sirens are a leading cause of hearing loss, metal detectors have been banned after a bottle cap caused a riot at the beach, citizens are allowed to rise or fall based on their own merits, and jokes told in elementary school often come back to haunt politicians. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Iskios's national animal is the Panther, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Umbraism.

Iskios is ranked 26,471st in the world and 1,348th in The North Pacific for Most Developed, scoring 69.53 on the Human Development Index.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 1,369thTop
Most Influential: 1,868thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 5,207thLargest Welfare Programs: 5,463rdMost Pacifist: 6,711thTop
Best Weather: 8,500thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 9,106thSafest: 9,157thMost Beautiful Environments: 9,946thMost Advanced Public Education: 10,142ndMost Compassionate Citizens: 10,947thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 11,315thMost Advanced Public Transport: 11,358thNicest Citizens: 11,463rdHighest Average Tax Rates: 12,203rdLongest Average Lifespans: 12,827thMost Income Equality: 12,933rdMost Inclusive: 13,210thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 14,759th
Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 249th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 252nd in the regionMost Pacifist: 369th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 425th in the regionTop
Most Advanced Public Transport: 454th in the regionBest Weather: 465th in the regionSafest: 472nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 508th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 521st in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 541st in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 579th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 590th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 613th in the regionMost Income Equality: 621st in the regionNicest Citizens: 649th in the regionMost Influential: 654th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 693rd in the regionMost Inclusive: 770th in the regionMost Cultured: 854th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 865th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 874th in the region

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