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Most Income Equality: 6thNudest: 1,714thLargest Populations: 5,630th
The District of
Corrupt Dictatorship
Our Community
privy council chairman
Influence
Eminence Grise
Region
Civil Rights
Some
Economy
Basket Case
Political Freedom
Outlawed

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Saola

Population24.749 billion

CapitalDistrict City
Leaderprivy council chairman

CurrencyJuno aurum
Animalquick pink fox

The District of Saola is a gargantuan, genial nation, ruled by privy council chairman with an iron fist, and remarkable for its barren, inhospitable landscape, enforced nudity, and stringent health and safety legislation. The cynical, humorless population of 24.749 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 District City. The average income tax rate is 65.0%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The large but stagnant Saolan economy, worth 157 trillion Juno aurums 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 6,375 Juno aurums, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Privy council chairman 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 quick pink fox, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

Saola is ranked 194,176th in the world and 7th in Abuja for Most Scientifically Advanced, scoring 30 on the Kurzweil Singularity Index.

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Most Income Equality: 6thNudest: 1,714thTop
5%
Largest Populations: 5,630thMost Authoritarian: 8,023rdTop
10%
Most Rebellious Youth: 14,435thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 18,734thLargest Black Market: 21,239thMost Stationary: 21,781stMost Ignorant Citizens: 24,067th

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Saola changed its national animal to "quick pink fox", its capital to "District City", its currency to "Juno aurum", its leader to "privy council chairman", its motto to "Our Community", and its nation type to "District".
  • : Saola altered its national flag.
  • : Saola was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Ignorant Citizens.
  • : Saola was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Ignorant Citizens.
  • : Saola's influence in Abuja rose from "Enforcer" to "Eminence Grise".
  • : Saola was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Ignorant Citizens.
  • : Saola's influence in Abuja fell from "Eminence Grise" to "Enforcer".
  • : Saola was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Ignorant Citizens.
  • : Saola was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Ignorant Citizens.
  • : Saola was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Stationary.

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