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The Republic of Spamlandtopia
"We love everybody all the time and stuff."
UN Category: Democratic Socialists
Civil Rights: Superb
Political Freedoms: Excellent
Location: The West Pacific
The Republic of Spamlandtopia is a small, environmentally stunning nation, remarkable for its devotion to social welfare. Its compassionate, intelligent population of 7 million enjoy extensive civil rights and enjoy a level of social equality free from the usual accompanying government corruption.
The enormous, socially-minded government concentrates mainly on Social Welfare, although Education and Healthcare are secondary priorities. The average income tax rate is 35%, but much higher for the wealthy. A tiny private sector is dominated by the Pizza Delivery industry.
Voting is voluntary, surveillance cameras are banned, the porpoise is a protected species, and euthanasia is legal. Crime is well under control. Spamlandtopia's national animal is the porpoise, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its currency is the daisy.
Spamlandtopia is ranked 5610th in the region and 56,444th in the world for Most Cultured.
Issue: Some people say Spamlandtopia's policy on free speech has gone too far.
Government's Position: "We need more free speech, not less," argues civil rights campaigner Jack Christmas. "Free speech allows ideas to be explored, challenged, and discussed in a productive, open forum. It teaches our kids to be critical thinkers. And dirty words, of course, but that's just the price you pay."
The Holy Empire of Spamlandopolis
"If you like to practice religion, too bad."
UN Category: Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
Civil Rights: Excellent
Economy: Very Strong
Political Freedoms: Some
Location: The North Pacific
The Holy Empire of Spamlandopolis is a small, economically powerful nation, renowned for its burgeoning meerkat population. Its hard-working population of 7 million are either ruled by a small, efficient government or a conglomerate of multinational corporations; it's difficult to tell which.
The medium-sized government is effectively ruled by the Department of Social Welfare, with areas such as Social Equality and Religion & Spirituality receiving almost no funds by comparison. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 8%. A large private sector is led by the Information Technology, Door-to-door Insurance Sales, and Cheese Exports industries.
Elections have been outlawed, the right to free speech is being drastically curtailed, the alarmingly racist TV show 'Bigtopians Say the Darndest Things' is a hit, and employers may fire workers without giving any reason. Crime is a serious problem, and the police force struggles against a lack of funding and a high mortality rate. Spamlandopolis's national animal is the meerkat and its currency is the donut.
Spamlandopolis is ranked 5829th in the region and 48,160th in the world for Most Cultured.
Issue: Cheap, foreign-made cars are becoming increasingly popular, causing concern in Spamlandopolis's automobile manufacturing industry.
Government's Position: "Unless this government does something, Spamlandopolis won't have an auto industry for much longer," says auto industry union boss Pip Spirit, in a rare public appearance alongside management. "These foreign companies employ people for a few donuts a day. The only way to level the playing field is to raise tariffs. The government would make more money, too, so it's win-win."