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Saltstead

Population6.271 billion

CapitalAshwell
LeaderJn-Micħl Greifsveud

Currencyshilling
Animalstallion

The Commonwealth of Saltstead is a colossal, socially progressive nation, ruled by Jn-Micħl Greifsveud with a fair hand, and remarkable for its daily referendums, national health service, and absence of drug laws. The compassionate, democratic population of 6.271 billion Saltsteaders hold their civil and political rights very dear, although the wealthy and those in business tend to be viewed with suspicion.

The medium-sized, liberal, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Social Policy. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Ashwell. The average income tax rate is 44.4%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The strong Saltsteadish economy, worth 439 trillion shillings a year, is led by the Tourism industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Book Publishing, and Woodchip Exports. State-owned companies are common. Average income is 70,074 shillings, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Hypochondriacs demand treatment for genetic disorders they don't have, ministers browse Alright! magazine for fashion tips, the official Saltsteadish Phrase Book weighs as much as a small child, and citizens recently voted in favour of declaring bubblewrap an 'abomination of nature'. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Saltstead's national animal is the stallion, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Saltstead is ranked 79,763rd in the world and 62nd in Atlantian Oceania for Largest Trout Fishing Sector, scoring 2,509.94 on the Nemo Depletion Efficiency Index.

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Least Corrupt Governments: 3,318thLargest Publishing Industry: 9,525thTop
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Most Compassionate Citizens: 12,618thNicest Citizens: 13,027thMost Inclusive: 13,871stMost Extensive Civil Rights: 16,722ndMost Valuable International Artwork: 18,096thHighest Drug Use: 19,344thSmartest Citizens: 20,314thMost Politically Free: 22,086thSafest: 22,768th
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Least Corrupt Governments: 2nd in the regionTop
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Most Extensive Civil Rights: 10th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 12th in the regionMost Inclusive: 16th in the regionMost Politically Free: 17th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 17th in the regionNicest Citizens: 19th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Saltstead, citizens recently voted in favour of declaring bubblewrap an 'abomination of nature'.
  • : Following new legislation in Saltstead, the official Saltsteadish Phrase Book weighs as much as a small child.
  • : Following new legislation in Saltstead, ministers browse Alright! magazine for fashion tips.
  • : Following new legislation in Saltstead, hypochondriacs demand treatment for genetic disorders they don't have.
  • : Following new legislation in Saltstead, the Saltsteadish Intelligence Agency relies on internet search engines to know what is happening overseas.
  • : Following new legislation in Saltstead, wilderness-dwelling hermits are surprised to find railway stations on their front doorsteps.
  • : Following new legislation in Saltstead, referenda are held for every conceivable government action.
  • : Following new legislation in Saltstead, in a baffling press conference Jn-Micħl Greifsveud proudly dismantled a broken door.
  • : Following new legislation in Saltstead, an increasing percentage of the population's youth have homosexual parents.
  • : Following new legislation in Saltstead, cane fights are a common sight in nursing homes.

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