by Max Barry

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Most Income Equality: 11th Nudest: 2,233rd Most Authoritarian: 4,031st
The Queen's State of
Corrupt Dictatorship
Do it first
the Governor
Influence
Shoeshiner
Region
Civil Rights
Some
Economy
Basket Case
Political Freedom
Outlawed

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Saola

Population14.779 billion

CapitalCapital Heights
Leaderthe Governor
Faithnone

Currencybetale
Animaldeer

The Queen's State of Saola is a gargantuan, orderly nation, ruled by the Governor with an iron fist, and renowned for its enforced nudity, punitive income tax rates, and stringent health and safety legislation. The cynical, humorless population of 14.779 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 94.1 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 131,016th in the world and 1,162nd in Ancient Lands for Most Extensive Civil Rights, with 36.89 Martin Luther King, Jr. Units.

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Most Income Equality: 11thTop
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Nudest: 2,233rdMost Authoritarian: 4,031stLargest Populations: 7,246thTop
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Most Extreme: 10,974thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 11,402ndLargest Black Market: 12,202ndMost Stationary: 14,409th
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Most Income Equality: 1st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 3rd in the regionNudest: 4th in the regionTop
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Most Authoritarian: 20th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 21st in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 21st in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 21st in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 52nd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 58th in the regionTop
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Highest Average Tax Rates: 128th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Saola was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Ignorant Citizens.
  • : Saola was struck by a Mk V (Cauterizer) Cure Missile from The Queen's State of Peace and Perfectness, curing 1 million infected.
  • : Saola was struck by a Mk V (Cauterizer) Cure Missile from The Queen's State of Royal House of Windsor, curing 1 million infected.
  • : Saola was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Survivors.
  • : Saola was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Stationary.
  • : Saola was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Populations.
  • : 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 Largest Populations.
  • : Saola was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Ignorant Citizens.

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