by Max Barry

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Most Cheerful Citizens: 3rd Nicest Citizens: 7th Most Compassionate Citizens: 11th
The United Socialist States of
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Population35.58 billion

LeaderM Shobacus Maz


The United Socialist States of Span is a gargantuan, genial nation, ruled by M Shobacus Maz with a fair hand, and remarkable for its infamous sell-swords, free-roaming dinosaurs, and punitive income tax rates. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful, devout population of 35.58 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, outspoken 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 77.4%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The Spanner economy, worth a remarkable 7,321 trillion spannies a year, is highly specialized and led by the Book Publishing industry, with major contributions from Tourism and Trout Farming. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an amazing 205,769 spannies, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Commercial jingles have been ham-handedly forced into world renowned symphonies, traveller camps regularly block five-lane superhighways, grocery stores can be audibly identified by the giggling emerging from them, and the fire brigade often deal with cases of burnt toast. Crime is totally unknown. Span's national animal is the donkey, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Span is ranked 5,430th in the world and 183rd in The North Pacific for Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector, scoring 7,374.27 on the Henry Ford Productivity Index.

Most Cheerful Citizens: 3rdNicest Citizens: 7thMost Compassionate Citizens: 11thBest Weather: 15thMost Pacifist: 32ndMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 33rdLargest Publishing Industry: 34thMost Beautiful Environments: 60thLeast Corrupt Governments: 65thLongest Average Lifespans: 65thHealthiest Citizens: 103rdLargest Populations: 107thMost Devout: 160thSafest: 209thSmartest Citizens: 210thMost Cultured: 246thLowest Crime Rates: 277thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 326thMost Rebellious Youth: 568thMost Influential: 597thMost Stationary: 598thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 619thHighest Economic Output: 659thMost Inclusive: 1,188thTop
Largest Governments: 2,929thHighest Poor Incomes: 3,143rdHighest Average Incomes: 5,236thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 5,430thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 6,088thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 7,366thHighest Drug Use: 7,558thNudest: 7,915thTop
Most Advanced Public Education: 8,749thMost Scientifically Advanced: 10,046thLargest Welfare Programs: 13,747thMost Extensive Civil Rights: 14,223rdMost Advanced Public Transport: 14,766thHighest Average Tax Rates: 15,139th
Most Cheerful Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Populations: 2nd in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 2nd in the regionNicest Citizens: 2nd in the regionMost Pacifist: 3rd in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 3rd in the regionBest Weather: 3rd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 3rd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 5th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 5th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 6th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 6th in the regionMost Cultured: 8th in the regionMost Devout: 9th in the regionSafest: 12th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 13th in the regionMost Stationary: 14th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 18th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 22nd in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 26th in the regionMost Inclusive: 75th in the regionTop
Largest Governments: 138th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 162nd in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 183rd in the regionHighest Drug Use: 198th in the regionMost Influential: 224th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 243rd in the regionNudest: 247th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 249th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 308th in the regionTop
Largest Trout Fishing Sector: 451st in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 453rd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 556th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 578th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 603rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 608th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 668th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Span, the fire brigade often deal with cases of burnt toast.
  • : Span was endorsed by The Black Hand of Xzavia-Hjar.
  • : Following new legislation in Span, grocery stores can be audibly identified by the giggling emerging from them.
  • : Following new legislation in Span, traveller camps regularly block five-lane superhighways.
  • : Following new legislation in Span, commercial jingles have been ham-handedly forced into world renowned symphonies.
  • : Following new legislation in Span, much of Span's computer network is controlled by a rampant artificial intelligence.
  • : Span was endorsed by The Commonwealth of Sundowers.
  • : Following new legislation in Span, double-parking is on the rise as automobile numbers increase.
  • : Following new legislation in Span, families waiting for delayed pipe installations hope daily for rain.
  • : Following new legislation in Span, vital intelligence-gathering activities are often put on hold for Call of Honor tournaments.


World Assembly

Endorsements Received: 279 » Fengate, Yaorozu, Novare Res, Elevation, Former English Colony, Selfgradatude, Unimaginable Doom, Jefffliu, Renetopia, Venezuelia, Calamazo, Dutchyland, The Teddy, Great Bights Mum, Nubianica, Eglise Sainte Eve, The Big Bad Boo, Shadowrik, Necromonia, Zerophix, Karazan, New Lakemba, Felpolandia, Ultima Terra, Xentherida, Ceretis, Amerian States, Notyoutopia, Esplandia, Guslantis, Sunto, Frances Francis the First of France, Corfad, The Isle of Grossmania, Ziko, Kelvaros Prime, New Phyrreus, Highton Islands, Manticore utopia, Walter Jackson, French Bananastan, Sacrento, Choistan, Bayern-Straubing, Sil Dorsett, Avalon, American MapleStory, Holy Oranz, Gorinchem and Hoog-Hoornaar, The Kyziban Islands, and 229 others.Democratic Peoples Republic of the US, Wineclaw, Dopeland420, Siwale, Crodaria, The United Chase States, Kyrianian, Alice Gardens, Panama Coalition, New Chilokver, Cloydicia, SORT, Ivalex, Ainsworth, Ice and Tinian, Pallaith, Buckerino, Kwaj, Bonjoura, Beladev, Holy Marcus Empire, Ilisseia, General COE, Puczovska, ZimRobwe, Shin-Hachioji, Diodone, Zokk, Zeternia, Yukti, Senatra, Misthas, The Syca, The Iron Lions, Srpski Novo Zelandjani, Moubarakistan, Universal State Formula, PlanetPunk, Tredano, Territorio di Nessuno, Wodan, Detrivania, Free Culture, Camarthen, Abiswashyo-bhumi, Cinnibar, TerranulliuZ, Vexilia, Wunderstrafanstalt, Municipality of Baria and Vungtau, Indiana Hoosier nation, Kolorland, Atain, Zyvetskistaahn, Ozstan, SillyString, Shibutani, Q w e r t y, Ka Ching, Sea Ghost, Californian Redwood, Lower Nubia, Naedorius, Mahsoobia, New Trisone, Kylesburgh, Koda-Land, United Draconia, Empy, The Gamer Party, Atheenos, Whereisthatistan, Racoda, Babacar, Sundred, Avemterra, Ethnon, Kulgatha, Maott, The United States of Romania, Misuvelia, Suicidistan, El Fiji Grande, Kobagia, Wilkshire, Copria, Amestris-Britannia, Dar es Saalam, Abrickhouse, Stellaris-Crystaloga, The Lucky but Unfortunate Wanderers, German Holy Roman Empire, New Pruessen, Bananaaaaa, The Holy Lands of Namiir, Pasargad, Bojacks and Jills, We Are Number One, The Rhein States, The Most Freedom Ever, Lunallian, New Bremerton, Kuda1, Spartoptia, Nairland, Torakuen, Boltang, Malta Comino Gozo, Sinelona, Napnomadia, Uganda Knuckles UK, Ostrolia, Valhalla123, Adkins Station, Vincone Cae, North Bratislava, Omnistria, Kasazzastan, Potatolandium, Rosewood-, Sheldanada, Bearical, Unsophisticate, Hong Kong Empire, The Windmilluminati, Black Templares, Steraz, Dreadton, Lectionstan, The Pantheons, Ninjak30, Outer Egorniand, Federation Terra Australis, Eri-Maqa-Ena, Amauri, COCONUT-CITY, Tranquillitas Ingenii, Alunya, The Sinclarian Provinces, Guer Aike, Renzic, Niradans, Hesterin, The Discipled, Asgardira, Votak Matim, Egalico, Surikatia, Ofemerica, Tappan Hills, Solmetria, Evetstan, Elder Realms, Joodey, Neue Coolidge, Mhelon, Jasminlandia, Gukapub, Fayyayid, Kirnea, Ara Antrizuls, The Notorious Mad Jack, Ibiscaton, Saturns Edge, Peldorn, Zemnaya Svoboda, Steampunk Ariel, VarDrade, Plangainer, Trillius, Tsardom of Leonlandia, Thiammyalllaland, Miruma, Warsaw-Halicz, Newpromisedland, Senkaiboashi, Arcadiom, Ejhsa, Soviet Terran, Aratani, Liberum Mundi, Hircea, Katiks Rack, Victoriaans Nederlands, Apetopia, Lomjia, Kaosjr, Bananoonza, 1 very fast endotarter, Iotar, Tire Sover, Tumbtopia, Free Azzaca, Ikea Rike, Pop7up, Aeviternus, Sockmanland, Coprianus, Vikingiarchy, Tamgu, Loutsland, Camista, Destructive Government Endorsing System, Haor Chall, Conservadoria, Noahs Second Country, Test for a new hope, Newam, The Penguin Confederacy, Castle Federation, The Black Cathedral, GRANDE IMPERIO ORIENTAL PAGAO EUDUARDO, La Mudita, Loli County, Planes, Orado, Constantinolia, Alaande, Rescadra, Astrind, Uthill, Justanistan, Eliakia, Shayan, Zumlandia, Ajibola, Ttopa, Sundowers, and Xzavia-Hjar.

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