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Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 495thMost Beautiful Environments: 819thMost Advanced Public Education: 1,017th
The Desert Town of
Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
Earthquake Valley
Influence
Power
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Civil Rights
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Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
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Shelter Valley

Population11.99 billion

CapitalShelter Valley
LeaderThe Desert Rat
FaithThe Desert

Currencydollar
Animalbig horn sheep

The Desert Town of Shelter Valley is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by The Desert Rat with an even hand, and notable for its daily referendums, rampant corporate plagiarism, and punitive income tax rates. The compassionate, hard-working, cheerful population of 11.99 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 98.2%.

The frighteningly efficient Shelter Valleyian economy, worth a remarkable 2,371 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 197,755 dollars, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 4.5 times as much as the poorest.

History textbook pages are used as impromptu tissues by distraught students, burning twigs to keep warm while lost in the wild is now a felony, torture is illegal, and putting a mustache on a banknote is considered defacing a national monument. 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 262,465th in the world and 10th in desert for Highest Crime Rates, with 1.63 crimes per hour.

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Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 495thMost Beautiful Environments: 819thMost Advanced Public Education: 1,017thBest Weather: 1,572ndMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1,638thSmartest Citizens: 2,129thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 2,277thLargest Publishing Industry: 2,445thMost Cheerful Citizens: 2,448thHighest Average Tax Rates: 2,593rdTop
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Rudest Citizens: 2,786thMost Developed: 2,914thLargest Governments: 3,405thHighest Food Quality: 3,592ndMost Cultured: 3,667thMost Pacifist: 3,783rdMost Rebellious Youth: 3,833rdLargest Information Technology Sector: 4,600thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 5,060thMost Inclusive: 5,241stNicest Citizens: 5,493rdMost Efficient Economies: 6,145thMost Compassionate Citizens: 6,859thLowest Crime Rates: 7,231stHighest Average Incomes: 7,544thHighest Economic Output: 7,732ndMost Scientifically Advanced: 7,764thMost Advanced Public Transport: 8,045thMost Subsidized Industry: 9,415thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 10,493rdHighest Wealthy Incomes: 11,147thMost Stationary: 11,354thLargest Retail Industry: 11,583rdMost Valuable International Artwork: 11,649thMost Secular: 12,306thSafest: 12,363rdLongest Average Lifespans: 12,460thTop
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Most Influential: 15,059thHighest Poor Incomes: 15,984thLargest Welfare Programs: 16,461stMost Corrupt Governments: 19,560thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 20,890thMost Average: 22,766thHealthiest Citizens: 24,306thHighest Drug Use: 26,479thLargest Populations: 26,635th
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Rudest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 1st in the regionMost Average: 1st in the regionLargest Governments: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 1st in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 1st in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 1st in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 1st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 1st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 1st in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 1st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 1st in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Shelter Valley, putting a mustache on a banknote is considered defacing a national monument.
  • : Shelter Valley lodged a message on the Desert Regional Message Board.
  • : Following new legislation in Shelter Valley, torture is illegal.
  • : Following new legislation in Shelter Valley, burning twigs to keep warm while lost in the wild is now a felony.
  • : Following new legislation in Shelter Valley, history textbook pages are used as impromptu tissues by distraught students.
  • : Shelter Valley was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Safest.
  • : Following new legislation in Shelter Valley, citizens are frequently searched for illegal weapons.
  • : Following new legislation in Shelter Valley, the nation's prisons are touted as the best weight loss programs money can't buy.
  • : Following new legislation in Shelter Valley, the police use sound cannons and mortars to deal with loud parties.
  • : Following new legislation in Shelter Valley, the tenet of free speech is held dear.

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