by Max Barry

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Largest Insurance Industry: 3,554th Most World Assembly Endorsements: 3,840th Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 5,549th
The Borderlands of
Moralistic Democracy
For the sake of Cole
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Population423 million

CapitalCity of Shelly


The Borderlands of Shelly is a huge, cultured nation, notable for its frequent executions, public floggings, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working population of 423 million Shellies 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 relatively small government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Spirituality, and Law & Order. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of City of Shelly. The average income tax rate is 9.9%.

The powerhouse Shellyian economy, worth 33.2 trillion Coles a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Woodchip Exports, Information Technology, and Door-to-door Insurance Sales. Average income is 78,526 Coles, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 4.5 times as much as the poorest.

Business meetings across the country are interrupted by the sound of squeaking whoopee-cushions, science centers and state of the art laboratories are ubiquitous, postmen have been arrested in job lots for selling junk mail as home insulation, and party affiliation is just as irrelevant as campaign promises. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force. Shelly's national animal is the Samsquanch, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

Shelly is ranked 136,136th in the world and 5,704th in the South Pacific for Most Rebellious Youth, scoring -9 on the Stark-Dean Displacement Index.

Largest Insurance Industry: 3,554thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3,840thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 5,549thTop
Largest Furniture Restoration Industry: 12,342ndHighest Disposable Incomes: 14,687th
Largest Insurance Industry: 90th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 107th in the regionTop
Largest Furniture Restoration Industry: 399th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 428th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 539th in the region

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