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Shalum

Population18.217 billion

CapitalAragon
LeaderImperator Tyler Holland
FaithRoman Catholicism

CurrencyDollar
AnimalCuderae

The Empire of Shalum is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Imperator Tyler Holland with an even hand, and remarkable for its daily referendums, unlimited-speed roads, and infamous sell-swords. The hard-nosed, devout population of 18.217 billion Shalumites have some civil rights, but not too many, enjoy the freedom to spend their money however they like, to a point, and take part in free and open elections, although not too often.

The large government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Education, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Aragon. The average income tax rate is 91.7%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Shalumite economy, worth a remarkable 2,546 trillion Dollars a year, is quite specialized and dominated by the Tourism industry, with significant contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Book Publishing, and Information Technology. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 139,809 Dollars, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Claiming to have performed the Heimlich Maneuver is a popular defense for assault charges, school history books often refer to Imperator Tyler Holland as "that imperialist pig dog", Shalum isn't what it used to be, and the inside lane of every highway is for parked vehicles only. 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 96,335th in the world and 11th in Tyran for Most Politically Free, scoring 66.29 on the Diebold Election Inking Scale.

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Best Weather: 2,889thMost Beautiful Environments: 3,343rdMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 4,499thMost Subsidized Industry: 5,839thMost Cultured: 5,963rdHighest Economic Output: 5,974thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 6,083rdMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 6,354thMost Devout: 6,559thMost Stationary: 6,633rdMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 6,645thHighest Average Tax Rates: 7,463rdMost Efficient Economies: 7,816thLargest Governments: 8,370thHighest Poor Incomes: 8,607thLargest Welfare Programs: 8,627thLargest Populations: 9,401stLongest Average Lifespans: 9,504thMost Developed: 9,678thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 12,052ndTop
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Most Advanced Public Education: 12,524thSmartest Citizens: 14,262ndLowest Crime Rates: 15,870thHealthiest Citizens: 16,185thMost Influential: 16,229thHighest Average Incomes: 16,707thLargest Publishing Industry: 17,725thMost Inclusive: 18,119thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 18,612thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 20,227thMost Advanced Public Transport: 20,272ndMost Cheerful Citizens: 20,665thMost Valuable International Artwork: 22,562ndMost Scientifically Advanced: 23,091st
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Best Weather: 2nd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 2nd in the regionMost Devout: 2nd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 2nd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Shalum voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Commend Northern Borland".
  • : Shalum voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Repeal "Death Penalty Ban"".
  • : Shalum voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Repeal "Freedom of Assembly"".
  • : Shalum was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Highest Foreign Aid Spending and the Top 10% for Most Scientifically Advanced.
  • : Shalum was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Highest Foreign Aid Spending.
  • : Shalum was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Scientifically Advanced.
  • : Shalum was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Manufacturing Sector.
  • : Shalum's influence in Tyran rose from "Auxiliary" to "Negotiator".
  • : Shalum was reclassified from "Democratic Socialists" to "Inoffensive Centrist Democracy".
  • : Shalum was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Dead.

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