by Max Barry

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Most Primitive: 58thMost Ignorant Citizens: 631stMost Devout: 670th
The Royal Isles of
Scandinavian Liberal Paradise
For community
Civil Rights
Political Freedom
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Population18.115 billion

LeaderAlsa II
FaithShalotte Pantheon


The Royal Isles of Shalotte is a gargantuan, socially progressive nation, ruled by Alsa II with an even hand, and remarkable for its triple-decker prams, rampant corporate plagiarism, and smutty television. The compassionate, cheerful, devout population of 18.115 billion Shalottes enjoy extensive civil rights and enjoy a level of social equality free from the usual accompanying government corruption.

The government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked morass — juggles the competing demands of Spirituality, Environment, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Alauna. The average income tax rate is 73.6%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The sizeable but stagnant Shalotte economy, worth 64.6 trillion barters a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is extremely specialized, is mostly made up of the Basket Weaving industry, with significant contributions from Furniture Restoration. Average income is 3,566 barters, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The stacked neck-ring is this season's hottest fashion item, psychiatrists bizarrely accompany Alsa II to meetings with foreign heads of state, being Alsa II has been voted one of the top ten most dangerous jobs, and Shalottes believe a soft answer turneth away wrath but punitive punishment is much more fun. Crime is a problem, probably because of the absence of a police force. Shalotte's national animal is the puffin, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Shalotte Pantheon.

Shalotte is ranked 4,076th in the world and 79th in Forest for Nicest Citizens, with 47.51 average smiles per day.

Most Primitive: 58thMost Ignorant Citizens: 631stMost Devout: 670thMost Cheerful Citizens: 1,325thBest Weather: 1,904thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 2,254thTop
Most Beautiful Environments: 2,998thLeast Corrupt Governments: 3,138thNicest Citizens: 4,076thMost Pacifist: 4,192ndMost Cultured: 4,601stMost World Assembly Endorsements: 5,916thMost Compassionate Citizens: 6,018thMost Influential: 6,486thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 10,214thLargest Populations: 11,552ndTop
Highest Food Quality: 18,441stHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 20,228thHighest Average Tax Rates: 22,813th
Most Primitive: 4th in the regionTop
Most Devout: 9th in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 11th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 16th in the regionTop
Largest Populations: 31st in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 33rd in the region

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