by Max Barry

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Most Influential: 86thMost Cultured: 214thHighest Disposable Incomes: 266th
The Mercantile Coalition League of
Father Knows Best State Suspiciously Conservative Democracy
Wub a lub a dub dub
Emperor Samual I
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Population12.808 billion

CapitalSvastian City
LeaderEmperor Samual I

AnimalEmperor Penguin

The Mercantile Coalition League of Samuelstani is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by Emperor Samual I with an iron fist, and notable for its rampant corporate plagiarism, public floggings, and otherworldly petting zoo. The hard-nosed, cynical, cheerful, devout population of 12.808 billion Samuelstanians are ruled by a mostly-benevolent dictator, who grants the populace the freedom to live their own lives but watches carefully for anyone to slip up.

The tiny, corrupt, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Education, Defense, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Svastian City. The average income tax rate is 4.1%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Samuelstanian economy, worth a remarkable 5,276 trillion Puppies a year, is fairly diversified and led by the Tourism industry, with significant contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, and Retail. Black market activity is rampant. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an amazing 411,964 Puppies, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Priests are being drafted by the church load, prison officers are bribed not to take bribes, one tree's worth of paperwork accompanies each imported log of timber, and cars are banned. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Samuelstani's national animal is the Emperor Penguin, which frolics freely in the nation's sparkling oceans, and its national religion is Catholicism.

Samuelstani is ranked 3,739th in the world and 62nd in Europeia for Best Weather, with 351 Meters Of Sunlight.

Most Influential: 86thMost Cultured: 214thHighest Disposable Incomes: 266thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 289thLargest Agricultural Sector: 337thLargest Retail Industry: 374thHighest Poor Incomes: 383rdLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 412thMost Corrupt Governments: 510thHighest Average Incomes: 691stMost Beautiful Environments: 729thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 730thMost Devout: 1,465thSmartest Citizens: 1,506thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1,654thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1,825thMost Developed: 1,873rdHighest Economic Output: 1,875thLargest Publishing Industry: 1,890thMost Scientifically Advanced: 2,102ndLowest Overall Tax Burden: 2,286thLargest Black Market: 2,363rdTop
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 2,535thRudest Citizens: 2,666thLongest Average Lifespans: 2,877thMost Cheerful Citizens: 2,970thMost Efficient Economies: 2,995thLargest Information Technology Sector: 3,261stLargest Governments: 3,488thBest Weather: 3,739thLowest Crime Rates: 3,845thHealthiest Citizens: 4,608thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 5,514thMost Stationary: 6,572ndLargest Gambling Industry: 7,930thTop
Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 12,413thMost Advanced Public Education: 13,785thMost Inclusive: 15,330thMost Subsidized Industry: 16,290thMost Valuable International Artwork: 18,133rdLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 18,222ndHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 19,871stMost Advanced Defense Forces: 19,923rdMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 20,026thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 20,447thLargest Populations: 21,760th
Largest Agricultural Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 2nd in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 2nd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 3rd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 3rd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 4th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 4th in the regionMost Cultured: 5th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 6th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 7th in the regionTop
Most Influential: 10th in the regionLargest Black Market: 12th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 13th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 13th in the regionMost Devout: 13th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 14th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 16th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 21st in the regionMost Stationary: 22nd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 22nd in the regionRudest Citizens: 23rd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 23rd in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 25th in the regionMost Developed: 31st in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 31st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 33rd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 33rd in the regionLargest Governments: 34th in the regionTop
Lowest Crime Rates: 42nd in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 44th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 46th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 48th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 60th in the regionBest Weather: 62nd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 70th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Samuelstani was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Largest Black Market.
  • : Following new legislation in Samuelstani, cars are banned.
  • : Following new legislation in Samuelstani, one tree's worth of paperwork accompanies each imported log of timber.
  • : Following new legislation in Samuelstani, prison officers are bribed not to take bribes.
  • : Following new legislation in Samuelstani, priests are being drafted by the church load.
  • : Following new legislation in Samuelstani, the government is a proud sponsor of the National Gaming Association.
  • : Following new legislation in Samuelstani, children spend all morning taking out a comma and all afternoon putting it back in again.
  • : Following new legislation in Samuelstani, hidden bedroom-cams are installed to catch mothers doing their kids' homework.
  • : Following new legislation in Samuelstani, practising saying 'how now brown cow' is an essential part of holiday planning.
  • : Following new legislation in Samuelstani, the government is hoping that medical aid will speak louder than human rights abuses.


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