by Max Barry

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Most Rebellious Youth: 103rd Highest Crime Rates: 181st Least Corrupt Governments: 197th
The Peopledom of
Left-wing Utopia Utopia
Cap the richest; tax 11.1'% top 11; 1.1'% next 100 etc.
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

Overview Factbook Policies People Government Economy Rank Trend Cards


Population25.691 billion

CapitalSnark City
LeaderPyt Snarkulton


The Peopledom of Soem is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Pyt Snarkulton with a fair hand, and remarkable for its museums and concert halls, national health service, and devotion to social welfare. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 25.691 billion Soemeosy are free to do what they want with their own bodies, and vote for whomever they like in elections; if they go into business, however, they are regulated to within an inch of their lives.

The medium-sized government prioritizes Education, although Environment, Welfare, and Industry are also considered important, while Defense and Law & Order are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Snark City. The average income tax rate is 9.0%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Soemeon economy, worth a remarkable 3,242 trillion Ideas a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is a large, well-organized, extremely specialized black market in Information Technology. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is an impressive 126,217 Ideas, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

It is illegal to distribute Girl Guide Cookies without an advanced food hygiene diploma, no one believes anything until it has been strenuously tested and peer-reviewed, a light facial coating of soot is seen as the mark of an honest and hardworking man, and the government regularly hires contractors to construct high rise apartments. Crime, especially youth-related, is so common that it is unusual to encounter someone following the law, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. Soem's national animal is the Snark, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Soem is ranked 23,539th in the world and 919th in the South Pacific for Most Extensive Civil Rights, with 75.62 Martin Luther King, Jr. Units.

Most Rebellious Youth: 103rdHighest Crime Rates: 181stLeast Corrupt Governments: 197thLargest Information Technology Sector: 207thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 333rdHealthiest Citizens: 618thMost Developed: 625thMost Stationary: 659thLongest Average Lifespans: 747thMost Compassionate Citizens: 844thBest Weather: 852ndMost Secular: 860thNicest Citizens: 868thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 889thMost Inclusive: 1,021stMost Beautiful Environments: 1,023rdMost Armed: 1,099thMost Influential: 1,306thMost Cheerful Citizens: 1,425thSmartest Citizens: 1,434thTop
Most Pacifist: 1,690thMost Scientifically Advanced: 1,866thMost Efficient Economies: 2,027thLargest Black Market: 2,386thLargest Populations: 2,731stHighest Economic Output: 2,904thMost Cultured: 2,905thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 3,416thRudest Citizens: 3,488thHighest Disposable Incomes: 4,818thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 7,360thTop
Most Advanced Public Education: 8,703rdNudest: 8,871stMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 10,496thLargest Welfare Programs: 10,781stHighest Poor Incomes: 10,989th
Most Rebellious Youth: 2nd in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 9th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 10th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 11th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 12th in the regionMost Stationary: 13th in the regionLargest Populations: 22nd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 23rd in the regionMost Developed: 26th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 27th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 27th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 28th in the regionNicest Citizens: 29th in the regionBest Weather: 29th in the regionMost Armed: 31st in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 33rd in the regionMost Secular: 33rd in the regionMost Inclusive: 39th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 40th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 45th in the regionLargest Black Market: 45th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 49th in the regionMost Pacifist: 57th in the regionTop
Most Scientifically Advanced: 66th in the regionMost Cultured: 81st in the regionMost Influential: 95th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 103rd in the regionRudest Citizens: 109th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 114th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 130th in the regionNudest: 212th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 247th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 265th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 287th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 289th in the regionTop
Highest Poor Incomes: 326th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 493rd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 593rd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Soem, the government regularly hires contractors to construct high rise apartments.
  • : Following new legislation in Soem, a light facial coating of soot is seen as the mark of an honest and hardworking man.
  • : Following new legislation in Soem, no one believes anything until it has been strenuously tested and peer-reviewed.
  • : Following new legislation in Soem, it is illegal to distribute Girl Guide Cookies without an advanced food hygiene diploma.
  • : Following new legislation in Soem, the government's foreign policy statements are less threatening than a World Assembly cease-and-desist letter.
  • : Soem endorsed The Baggy-Eyed Exonians of Heliseum.
  • : Soem was endorsed by The Baggy-Eyed Exonians of Heliseum.
  • : Following new legislation in Soem, it's a long jump to get onto the housing ladder.
  • : Following new legislation in Soem, the volume of paperwork used to complete a single environmental assessment defeats the purpose.
  • : Following new legislation in Soem, Pyt Snarkulton's media campaigns take a hiatus around exam week.


World Assembly

Endorsements Received: 161 » Fudgetopia, Bergenu, Curlyhoward, Theorin, Bear Connors Paradiso, Tsunamy, Kiasu-ism, Drugged Monkeys, Ancient Slobovia, Seliyan progressive Islands, Great Scapula, Farengeto, Kringalia, Sandaoguo, Belschaft, Quiescent, Pencil Sharpeners 2, FreeFishers, Transtemporal Shifts, The United Expanse, The Solar System Scope, Luddinlande, Techganet, GI-Land, Erinor, PEPEP, Trinennie, Pax Dracon, Poopisiya, Auphelia, Oxsania, Moreana, Si-topia, Linguiniland, Centristvill, Iristead, Noveos, Lambdaland, Jehenna, Nowa Europa, Concrete Slab, Aidenfieeld, Little Pontanja, Seldon and the Psychohistorians, Hanguk-Nippon, Rebel-topia, Farelonia, KIROVET, Tsvetania, Gymnostan, and 111 others.Wyatonians, Vincent Field, Darakin, Native Inhabitants of Antarctica, Freedwanda, Silmad, Larenien, Aywhyou, United States of Vietnam, La Ascension, Escevola, Volaworand, Sedunn, 073 039 109 032 080 111 112 112 121, Lotadia, Nova Montron, Rhetiaa, Saciu, New Briantown, Nankyoku Tairiku, Calistan, Jaxon, Great Andora, Paranoia, North Kanuckistan, Aumeltopia, Beepee, Elveka, Isokenzar, UnShleepd, Silberne Wache, The National Corporation, South Poleande, Anachronolandia, Agalaesia, Shengtie, Barabarom, The Technocrates, Aguatania, Liberated Lambergs, Grouu, Abarri, Cuuldere, USNE2018, Rosamie, Awjan, Lorora3, Lichenitza, Rabbitz, Kandorith, Direwolf1, Darbor, Phanama, The Filippinas, The Canadian Republic Colonies, Farrts, Kroumos, Midand, The Libertarian Nation of Songrandine, Qvait, Birdkeeper, Mikole, North Erfton, Herbert Island, Stoniamera, Maletora, Ariankido, Land Without Shrimp, North Prarie, Jahass, Federated Kingdoms of Brittania, Wehraboos, Academy of Umbrellas, Xandev, The Dragon Enclave, Ostanasia, Whimichy, North Catimestistrianes, Staubsaugen, A Frog Dimension, P R of China, Akindom, Crystal Creation, Choodox, Freedoom, Plasitades, Dasko, San Anaben, Slenrotros, Mew Nation, New Lousara, Changolandia, FiHami, Qawe, Maeiland, Churumduul, Novagentum, Chocholand, The West Valley Mountains, Dereistic, Maxolonia, Doomen, Roavin, PenguinPies, Pays de Loire, Amerion, Wild Space, Great Africans, Violent Peacenicks, Hanty, and Heliseum.

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