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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 3,018th Most Advanced Defense Forces: 4,050th Most Subsidized Industry: 6,720th
The Salandian Province of
Father Knows Best State
Salandia Shall Previal
Quintus Rabirius Gavrus
Influence
Sprat
Civil Rights
Below Average
Economy
All-Consuming
Political Freedom
Rare

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The Salandian Province of Sad-States is a colossal, orderly nation, ruled by Quintus Rabirius Gavrus with an iron fist, and notable for its disturbing lack of elderly people, state-planned economy, and avant-garde cinema. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 8.563 billion Salandians are ruled by a mostly-benevolent dictator, who grants the populace the freedom to live their own lives but watches carefully for anyone to slip up.

The government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked, well-organized morass — prioritizes Defense, although Industry, Law & Order, and Healthcare are also considered important. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Evanska. The average income tax rate is 90.1%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The all-consuming Salandian economy, worth 687 trillion The United Drazics a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is highly specialized, is mostly made up of the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology. Average income is 80,229 The United Drazics, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.3 times as much as the poorest.

Cinemas play art-house movies to ever-shrinking audiences as film critics rule the industry, Quintus Rabirius Gavrus claims to be the epitome of family values, protesters against the government are hanged as a warning to others, and several citizens have complained about scientists abducting their pets for experimentation. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Sad-States's national animal is the Wolf, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Pacem Madizanism.

Sad-States is ranked 19,803rd in the world and 21st in New World Union for Most Advanced Public Transport, scoring 2,756.19 on the Societal Mobility Rating.

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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 3,018thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 4,050thMost Subsidized Industry: 6,720thTop
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Highest Average Tax Rates: 8,395thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 8,832ndMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 9,223rdMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 10,854thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 12,489thLargest Governments: 15,563rdLargest Welfare Programs: 15,571stHighest Economic Output: 16,432nd
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Largest Populations: 4th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 5th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 6th in the region

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