by Max Barry

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Largest Trout Fishing Sector: 6,176thMost Influential: 12,680thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 14,813th
The United Socialist States of
Moralistic Democracy
Insanity is perfectly sane
Civil Rights
Political Freedom
Below Average

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Population349 million

CapitalPhnom Penh

AnimalWhite Elephant

The United Socialist States of Shangyuen is a huge, safe nation, remarkable for its state-planned economy, compulsory military service, and hatred of cheese. The hard-nosed population of 349 million Shangyuenese are highly moralistic and fiercely conservative, in the sense that they tend to believe most things should be outlawed. People who have good jobs and work quietly at them are lauded; others are viewed with suspicion.

The medium-sized government juggles the competing demands of Law & Order, Education, and Defense. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Phnom Penh. The average income tax rate is 48.0%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The strong Shangyuenese economy, worth 22.8 trillion inis a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is quite specialized, is led by the Trout Farming industry, with major contributions from Book Publishing, Arms Manufacturing, and Beef-Based Agriculture. Average income is 65,216 inis, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Excessive wheelchair ramps on government buildings have been compared to theme park attractions, elections have become procedural nightmares due to voters persistently rejecting candidates, police drones follow every suspected Peeping Tom, and it is popularly believed that "cheese every day keeps disaster away". Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Shangyuen's national animal is the White Elephant.

Shangyuen is ranked 78,617th in the world and 3,670th in the South Pacific for Most Cheerful Citizens, with 50.5 Percentage Of Water Glasses Perceived Half-Full.

Largest Trout Fishing Sector: 6,176thTop
Most Influential: 12,680thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 14,813th
Largest Trout Fishing Sector: 324th in the regionTop
Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 514th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 704th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 748th in the region

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