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Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 582ndMost Beautiful Environments: 905thMost Advanced Public Education: 1,208th
The Desert Town of
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Shelter Valley

Population10.722 billion

CapitalShelter Valley
LeaderThe Desert Rat
FaithThe Desert

Currencydollar
Animalbig horn sheep

The Desert Town of Shelter Valley is a gargantuan, safe nation, ruled by The Desert Rat with an even hand, and remarkable for its free-roaming dinosaurs, smutty television, and devotion to social welfare. The compassionate, hard-working, cheerful population of 10.722 billion Shelter Valleyians 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, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Education, Environment, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Shelter Valley. The average income tax rate is 97.9%.

The frighteningly efficient Shelter Valleyian economy, worth a remarkable 2,052 trillion dollars a year, is quite specialized and led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Tourism, Book Publishing, and Retail. Average income is an impressive 191,436 dollars, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 610,830 per year while the poor average 45,610, a ratio of 13.4 to 1.

The tenet of free speech is held dear, government officials say that if you close your eyes and wish really hard the budget deficit will go away, bored politicians often entertain themselves with games of Simon during important votes, and politicians bribe ten-year-old geniuses to sit their aptitude tests. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Shelter Valley's national animal is the big horn sheep, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is The Desert.

Shelter Valley is ranked 2,514th in the world and 2nd in desert for Most Popular Tourist Destinations, with 1,745.84 tourists per hour.

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Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 582ndMost Beautiful Environments: 905thMost Advanced Public Education: 1,208thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1,380thBest Weather: 1,760thMost Cheerful Citizens: 2,276thSmartest Citizens: 2,295thTop
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Most Popular Tourist Destinations: 2,514thLargest Publishing Industry: 2,634thHighest Average Tax Rates: 2,662ndRudest Citizens: 2,819thMost Developed: 2,896thLargest Governments: 3,577thMost Cultured: 3,822ndHighest Food Quality: 3,843rdMost Pacifist: 3,844thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 4,445thMost Rebellious Youth: 4,531stHighest Wealthy Incomes: 4,551stLargest Information Technology Sector: 4,852ndNicest Citizens: 5,150thMost Inclusive: 5,676thMost Efficient Economies: 6,135thMost Compassionate Citizens: 6,557thMost Advanced Public Transport: 7,621stHighest Average Incomes: 7,716thMost Scientifically Advanced: 8,087thHighest Economic Output: 8,595thLowest Crime Rates: 8,689thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 9,374thMost Subsidized Industry: 9,478thMost Valuable International Artwork: 10,839thMost Stationary: 12,212thMost Secular: 12,351stTop
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Safest: 13,303rdLargest Retail Industry: 13,457thLongest Average Lifespans: 14,873rdMost Influential: 15,308thLargest Welfare Programs: 19,597thMost Corrupt Governments: 21,899thHighest Drug Use: 22,060thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 24,557th
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Lowest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionLargest Governments: 1st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 1st in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 1st in the regionSafest: 1st in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 1st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1st in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 1st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 1st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Pro-Market: 1st in the regionMost Average: 1st in the regionRudest Citizens: 1st in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Shelter Valley was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Secular.
  • : Following new legislation in Shelter Valley, politicians bribe ten-year-old geniuses to sit their aptitude tests.
  • : Following new legislation in Shelter Valley, bored politicians often entertain themselves with games of Simon during important votes.
  • : Following new legislation in Shelter Valley, government officials say that if you close your eyes and wish really hard the budget deficit will go away.
  • : Following new legislation in Shelter Valley, the tenet of free speech is held dear.
  • : Following new legislation in Shelter Valley, all recreational drugs are legal.
  • : Following new legislation in Shelter Valley, sales of trenchcoats are on the rise.
  • : Following new legislation in Shelter Valley, the fattest folk in Shelter Valley look to be the happiest ones.
  • : Following new legislation in Shelter Valley, Shelter Valley has one of the largest offshore wind farms in the world.
  • : Following new legislation in Shelter Valley, police regularly arrest families playing Monopoly.

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