by Max Barry

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Most Efficient Economies: 1,312th Best Weather: 3,126th Most Beautiful Environments: 3,678th
The Empire of
Scandinavian Liberal Paradise
United We Stand, Divided We Fall
Civil Rights
Political Freedom
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Population14.687 billion

LeaderImperator Tyler Holland
FaithRoman Catholicism


The Empire of Shalum is a gargantuan, socially progressive nation, ruled by Imperator Tyler Holland with an even hand, and renowned for its museums and concert halls, smutty television, and punitive income tax rates. The hard-nosed, devout population of 14.687 billion Shalumites enjoy extensive civil rights and enjoy a level of social equality free from the usual accompanying government corruption.

The large government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Industry, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Aragon. The average income tax rate is 87.3%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Shalumite economy, worth a remarkable 2,080 trillion Dollars a year, is quite specialized and dominated by the Tourism industry, with significant contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, and Book Publishing. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 141,627 Dollars, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Sex education has become an intricate maze of stick figures and complex metaphors, female newsreaders distract the nation by breastfeeding during broadcast, the internet has been placed under government control, and the nation is automatically assumed to be the source of all unmarked weapons. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Shalum's national animal is the Cuderae, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Roman Catholicism.

Shalum is ranked 33,967th in the world and 8th in Tyran for Highest Drug Use, scoring 90.4 on the Pineapple Fondness Rating.

Most Efficient Economies: 1,312thTop
Best Weather: 3,126thMost Beautiful Environments: 3,678thMost Subsidized Industry: 4,490thLongest Average Lifespans: 4,864thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 4,990thMost Devout: 5,470thHighest Economic Output: 5,586thMost Cultured: 6,117thHighest Poor Incomes: 6,826thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 6,952ndMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 7,375thTop
Most Developed: 7,605thMost Stationary: 7,865thLargest Welfare Programs: 8,011thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 8,480thHighest Average Tax Rates: 9,038thLargest Governments: 9,143rdLargest Populations: 9,906thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 12,107thMost Cheerful Citizens: 13,158thMost Advanced Public Education: 14,099thHighest Average Incomes: 14,152ndLargest Publishing Industry: 14,335thSmartest Citizens: 14,791stHealthiest Citizens: 14,985th
Most Efficient Economies: 1st in the regionTop
Most Devout: 2nd in the regionBest Weather: 2nd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 2nd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Shalum voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Affordable Transgender Hormone Therapy".
  • : Shalum voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Commend the Rejected Realms".
  • : Shalum lodged a message on the Tyran Regional Message Board.
  • : Shalum voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Commend Common Territories".
  • : Shalum voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Prevention of Mutually assured destruction".
  • : Shalum voted for the World Assembly Resolution "World Assembly Justice Accord".
  • : Shalum voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Condemn Pierconium".
  • : Shalum voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Commend Woonsocket".
  • : Shalum voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Right to Farm".
  • : Shalum voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Condemn The Land of Kings and Emperors".


World Assembly

Endorsements Received: None.

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