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Most Valuable International Artwork: 452ndHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 2,527thLargest Welfare Programs: 2,610th
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Saint Shepard

Population1.278 billion

CapitalSaint Citadel
LeaderMadame President
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Currencydollar
Animalcobra

The Serene Paragon of Saint Shepard is a massive, cultured nation, ruled by Madame President with a fair hand, and renowned for its otherworldly petting zoo, keen interest in outer space, and multi-spousal wedding ceremonies. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 1.278 billion Shepardians are free to do what they want with their own bodies, and vote for whomever they like in elections; if they go into business, however, they are regulated to within an inch of their lives.

The enormous, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Saint Citadel. The average income tax rate is 91.6%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Saint Shepardian economy, worth 169 trillion dollars a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is quite specialized, is led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Tourism, Book Publishing, and Retail. Average income is an impressive 132,570 dollars, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The nation is known as the cheapskates of The Communist Bloc, a niche industry catering to S&M enthusiasts has sprung up, the Party has more splits than a yo-yo dieter's trousers, and town nameplates frequently raise giggles from passing tourists. Crime is totally unknown. Saint Shepard's national animal is the cobra, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is none.

Saint Shepard is ranked 452nd in the world and 3rd in The Communist Bloc for Most Valuable International Artwork, with 333.07 Bank.

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Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 2,527thLargest Welfare Programs: 2,610thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 3,432ndNicest Citizens: 3,665thMost Compassionate Citizens: 3,753rdMost Inclusive: 3,932ndMost Cheerful Citizens: 4,349thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 5,159thMost Pacifist: 5,479thMost Subsidized Industry: 5,905thLongest Average Lifespans: 5,912thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 5,937thMost Influential: 6,218thMost Advanced Public Transport: 6,274thHighest Average Tax Rates: 6,823rdHealthiest Citizens: 7,009thRudest Citizens: 7,293rdHighest Poor Incomes: 7,386thMost Developed: 7,620thLargest Information Technology Sector: 7,888thMost Scientifically Advanced: 7,908thMost Advanced Public Education: 7,928thLeast Corrupt Governments: 8,314thMost Rebellious Youth: 8,760thLargest Governments: 8,765thMost Efficient Economies: 8,959thTop
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Best Weather: 9,890thSmartest Citizens: 9,894thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 10,169thSafest: 10,919thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 11,142ndMost Cultured: 12,992ndMost Beautiful Environments: 13,374thLowest Crime Rates: 15,458thLargest Retail Industry: 17,374thMost Politically Free: 17,419thHighest Average Incomes: 17,741st
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Rudest Citizens: 30th in the regionTop
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Largest Retail Industry: 42nd in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 69th in the region

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