by Max Barry

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Most Income Equality: 13th Nudest: 2,786th Most Authoritarian: 3,387th
The Queen's State of
Corrupt Dictatorship
Do it first
Regional Influence
Shoeshiner
Region
Civil Rights
Some
Economy
Basket Case
Political Freedom
Outlawed

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The Queen's State of Saola is a gargantuan, orderly nation, ruled by the Governor with an iron fist, and renowned for its punitive income tax rates, suspicion of poets, and stringent health and safety legislation. The cynical, humorless population of 13.19 billion Saolans 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 enormous, socially-minded, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Education, and Welfare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Capital Heights. The average income tax rate is 65.0%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The sizeable but stagnant Saolan economy, worth 84.0 trillion betales a year, is highly specialized and led by the Uranium Mining industry, with significant contributions from Woodchip Exports, Basket Weaving, and Arms Manufacturing. Black market activity is rampant. State-owned companies are common. Average income is 6,364 betales, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The Governor has just been declared ruler of Saola in an international press conference, kids laugh off vandalism and arson as "just fun", the state is footing the bill for billionaires' lawyers, and torture is illegal. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Saola's national animal is the deer, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is none.

Saola is ranked 13th in the world and 1st in Ancient Lands for Most Income Equality, scoring 100 on the Marx-Engels Emancipation Scale.

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Most Income Equality: 13thTop
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Nudest: 2,786thMost Authoritarian: 3,387thLargest Populations: 8,023rdTop
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Most Extreme: 9,505thLargest Black Market: 12,164thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 13,265th
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Most Income Equality: 1st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1st in the regionNudest: 4th in the regionTop
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Most Compassionate Citizens: 18th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 18th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 21st in the regionMost Authoritarian: 21st in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 53rd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 57th in the regionTop
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Highest Average Tax Rates: 132nd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Saola was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Populations.
  • : Saola was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Ignorant Citizens.
  • : Saola was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Extreme.
  • : Saola was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Extreme.
  • : Saola was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Populations and Most Extreme.
  • : Saola was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Extreme.
  • : Saola changed its national nation type to "Queen's State".
  • : Following new legislation in Saola, torture is illegal.
  • : Saola was reclassified from "Psychotic Dictatorship" to "Corrupt Dictatorship".
  • : Following new legislation in Saola, the state is footing the bill for billionaires' lawyers.

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