Story summary.Good state ("Total State") is not named, but it has pictures of Karl Marx galore. Bad state is the Christian Ireland, where folks even choose their own spouses & kids are not even forbidden to read poetry!
Story follows the life of Mr Smith & family. Mr Smith is picked up by the State to be executed for "being unhappy"! He will do a little cheating, ensuring the death visits his executor instead!
And being a fool, he returns home, quickly being picked up again - & now the State knows the whole family is of undesirables. Only, this time, they'll be exiled to Ireland instead of being executed, both being equally dreaded outcomes!
Fact sheet.First published: Fantasy, #2 (1939).
Download full text as part of the scans of Worlds Beyond, February 1951 where it was reprinted.