by Max Barry

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The Federation of
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Population26 million


The Federation of Sheferland is a small, genial nation, remarkable for its pith helmet sales, irreverence towards religion, and stringent health and safety legislation. The democratic population of 26 million Sheferlandians enjoy a sensible mix of personal and economic freedoms, while the political process is open and the people's right to vote held sacrosanct.

The medium-sized, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Education. The average income tax rate is 37.2%.

The Sheferlandian economy, worth 1.35 trillion Shantikis a year, is led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Tourism, Cheese Exports, and Uranium Mining. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is 52,054 Shantikis, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 3.2 times as much as the poorest.

The freedom to be free is always just out of reach, the new coalition government has 99 problems and can't agree on how to fix one, residents of new housing subdivisions complain about the total absence of supermarkets and restaurants, and X-Files ratings have hit an all-time low. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Sheferland's national animal is the dolphin, which frolics freely in the nation's sparkling oceans.

Sheferland is ranked 84,613th in the world and 108th in The Social Liberal Union for Smartest Citizens, with 35.11 quips per hour.

Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 14th in the region

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