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Largest Agricultural Sector: 634thMost Subsidized Industry: 2,653rdMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 3,002nd
The Dominion of
Corrupt Dictatorship
Honor and Pact to the Shah Simargl
Civil Rights
Very Good
Political Freedom

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Shah Baorthylon

Population2.808 billion

LeaderLord Shah Kostaxerxes I
FaithSimargl Agnosticism

CurrencyPack Bond
AnimalBaorthyloni Simargl

The Dominion of Shah Baorthylon is a massive, efficient nation, ruled by Lord Shah Kostaxerxes I with an iron fist, and notable for its soft-spoken computers, keen interest in outer space, and absence of drug laws. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 2.808 billion Baorthylonians 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 large, corrupt, socially-minded, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Administration, Education, and Defense. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Simarlinopolis. The average income tax rate is 92.0%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Baorthyloni economy, worth 536 trillion Pack Bonds a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is an enormous, deeply entrenched, broadly diversified black market in Information Technology, Arms Manufacturing, Beef-Based Agriculture, and Basket Weaving. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is an impressive 191,006 Pack Bonds, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Politicians preface their speeches with a declaration that any resemblance to speeches given by individuals living or dead is purely coincidental, shelters struggle to keep up with the endless intake of stray animals, a niche industry catering to S&M enthusiasts has sprung up, and the media have begun calling the government treasury "Lord Shah Kostaxerxes I's stash". Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Shah Baorthylon's national animal is the Baorthyloni Simargl, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Simargl Agnosticism.

Shah Baorthylon is ranked 6,979th in the world and 13th in The Free Nations Region for Most Politically Apathetic Citizens, with 59.25 Whatever.

Largest Agricultural Sector: 634thTop
Most Subsidized Industry: 2,653rdMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 3,002ndHighest Poor Incomes: 4,672ndMost Influential: 4,865thMost Corrupt Governments: 4,944thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 5,013thMost Patriotic: 5,111thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 5,808thLargest Black Market: 5,829thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 6,979thMost Advanced Public Education: 7,078thMost Efficient Economies: 7,327thHighest Average Tax Rates: 7,543rdLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 7,797thLowest Crime Rates: 7,918thHighest Average Incomes: 7,973rdLargest Governments: 8,433rdLargest Manufacturing Sector: 8,538thMost Developed: 10,169thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 10,458thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 10,515thMost Scientifically Advanced: 10,846thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 12,096thLongest Average Lifespans: 12,343rdLargest Information Technology Sector: 12,352ndTop
Most Beautiful Environments: 14,508thMost Secular: 16,241stMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 16,329thSmartest Citizens: 17,276thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 19,813thBest Weather: 22,087th
Largest Agricultural Sector: 2nd in the regionTop
Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 9th in the regionLargest Black Market: 10th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 11th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 12th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 13th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 13th in the regionMost Patriotic: 15th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 17th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 18th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 19th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 21st in the regionTop
Highest Average Incomes: 23rd in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 24th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 25th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 26th in the regionLargest Governments: 32nd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 32nd in the regionMost Authoritarian: 34th in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 42nd in the region

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