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Largest Soda Pop Sector: 754th Rudest Citizens: 885th Largest Retail Industry: 2,077th
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Shamsiyya

Population2.159 billion

CapitalJunaira
LeaderPresident Arafat Ismaili
FaithThe Cult of Al'atfal Alshams

CurrencyGuinea
AnimalDesert Eagle

The Federal Republic of Shamsiyya is a massive, cultured nation, ruled by President Arafat Ismaili with a fair hand, and notable for its barren, inhospitable landscape, smutty television, and absence of drug laws. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, devout population of 2.159 billion Shamsiyyans hold their civil and political rights very dear, although the wealthy and those in business tend to be viewed with suspicion.

The medium-sized, corrupt, liberal, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Industry, Education, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Junaira. The average income tax rate is 72.8%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Shamsiyyan economy, worth 448 trillion Guineas a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Retail industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Soda Sales, and Book Publishing. Black market activity is rampant. Average income is an amazing 207,586 Guineas, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The experimental sculpture "Overtures In Dried Desert Eagle Dung" has been declared a national treasure, sofas are perpetually on sales that Must End Soon, minority children spend hours bussing to schools miles away from home, and the "swords to plowshares" policy has created a generation of farmers that can kill a yak from 200 yards away. Crime is totally unknown. Shamsiyya's national animal is the Desert Eagle, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is The Cult of Al'atfal Alshams.

Shamsiyya is ranked 86,485th in the world and 8th in The Strategic and Economic Alliance for Most World Assembly Endorsements, with zero Valid Endorsements.

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Largest Soda Pop Sector: 754thRudest Citizens: 885thTop
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Largest Retail Industry: 2,077thFattest Citizens: 2,585thMost Subsidized Industry: 2,939thMost Rebellious Youth: 3,040thHighest Poor Incomes: 3,274thMost Cultured: 3,448thLargest Gambling Industry: 3,450thLargest Black Market: 4,636thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 4,902ndLargest Publishing Industry: 5,052ndHighest Average Incomes: 5,120thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 5,265thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 6,374thHighest Drug Use: 6,421stMost Cheerful Citizens: 6,775thMost Inclusive: 7,581stTop
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Largest Manufacturing Sector: 8,422ndLargest Welfare Programs: 8,575thMost Corrupt Governments: 9,723rdLargest Governments: 10,124thMost Efficient Economies: 10,485thSmartest Citizens: 11,244thMost Advanced Public Transport: 11,824thMost Scientifically Advanced: 12,601stMost Devout: 12,706thMost Advanced Public Education: 13,450thMost Politically Free: 13,468thMost Developed: 13,830thLargest Information Technology Sector: 13,970thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 15,318th

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Shamsiyya, the "swords to plowshares" policy has created a generation of farmers that can kill a yak from 200 yards away.
  • : Following new legislation in Shamsiyya, minority children spend hours bussing to schools miles away from home.
  • : Following new legislation in Shamsiyya, sofas are perpetually on sales that Must End Soon.
  • : Following new legislation in Shamsiyya, the experimental sculpture "Overtures In Dried Desert Eagle Dung" has been declared a national treasure.
  • : Following new legislation in Shamsiyya, the nation turns a blind eye to human rights abuses in its quest for athletic supremacy.
  • : Following new legislation in Shamsiyya, photos of picturesque coastal buildings are set against a backdrop of smokestacks and ship hulls.
  • : Following new legislation in Shamsiyya, President Arafat Ismaili's recent "I have a dream that we will fight them by raking muck on the beaches" speech seems a little derivative to many.
  • : Following new legislation in Shamsiyya, CEOs are forced to cut coupons during important conference calls to make ends meet.
  • : Following new legislation in Shamsiyya, freighter lifeboats have been replaced by state of the art marker buoys so divers can recover the cargo after they sink.
  • : Shamsiyya was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Politically Free.

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