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Largest Trout Fishing Sector: 2,798thMost Devout: 8,873rdMost Cheerful Citizens: 11,166th
The Sultanate of
Corrupt Dictatorship
For Allah and the Sultan(but be nice to the peasants)
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Champagne Socialist Sharifistan

Population363 million

CapitalMadinat Al-Islam

CurrencyGold dinar

The Sultanate of Champagne Socialist Sharifistan is a huge, genial nation, remarkable for its museums and concert halls, punitive income tax rates, and devotion to social welfare. The compassionate, cynical, devout population of 363 million Sharifistanis are ruled with an iron fist by the dictatorship government, which ensures that no-one outside the party gets too rich. In their personal lives, however, citizens are relatively unoppressed; it remains to be seen whether this is because the government genuinely cares about its people, or if it hasn't gotten around to stamping out civil rights yet.

The large, corrupt, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Welfare, and Law & Order. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Madinat Al-Islam. The average income tax rate is 51.4%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The sizeable but inefficient Champagne Socialist Sharifistani economy, worth 14.2 trillion Gold dinars a year, is quite specialized and mostly made up of the Trout Farming industry, with significant contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Beef-Based Agriculture, and Cheese Exports. State-owned companies are common. Average income is 39,123 Gold dinars, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Employers are never quite sure if graduates' qualifications have any merit or meaning, politicians bribe ten-year-old geniuses to sit their aptitude tests, the law forbids arson, murder, and low-quality cheese, and political parties are banned from advertising and receiving private donations. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Champagne Socialist Sharifistan's national animal is the Tiger, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Champagne Socialist Sharifistan is ranked 166,952nd in the world and 1st in Fantasy Near East for Most Influential, scoring 12 on the Soft Power Disbursement Rating.

Largest Trout Fishing Sector: 2,798thMost Devout: 8,873rdTop
Most Cheerful Citizens: 11,166thNicest Citizens: 13,668thMost Compassionate Citizens: 14,843rdMost Ignorant Citizens: 16,606th

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