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Largest Welfare Programs: 39thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 78thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 103rd
The Schlaraffenstaat of
Left-wing Utopia
Nieder mit, Kampf dem, weg mit, vorwärts, es lebe!
Influence
Truckler
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Region
Civil Rights
Superb
Economy
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Political Freedom
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Shetl

Population14.435 billion

CapitalMenschenbad
LeaderGaius Trimalchio
FaithQuakerism

CurrencyBig Zaster
AnimalLandpony

The Schlaraffenstaat of Shetl is a gargantuan, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Gaius Trimalchio with a fair hand, and remarkable for its state-planned economy, national health service, and free-roaming dinosaurs. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 14.435 billion Menschen are free to do what they want with their own bodies, and vote for whomever they like in elections; if they go into business, however, they are regulated to within an inch of their lives.

The government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked, socially-minded morass — juggles the competing demands of Education, Environment, and Welfare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Menschenbad. The income tax rate is 100%.

The frighteningly efficient menschliche economy, worth a remarkable 3,394 trillion Big Zasters a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is highly specialized, is mostly made up of the Book Publishing industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology. Average income is an amazing 235,173 Big Zasters, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

A faint smell of body odour can be detected at several miles' distance from the National Science Park, one-man canoes fitted with the latest tracking technology leave no room for one man, employers are finding it hard to screen candidates now that everyone gets A grades in their exams, and Gaius Trimalchio's media campaigns take a hiatus around exam week. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Shetl's national animal is the Landpony, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Quakerism.

Shetl is ranked 720th in the world and 3rd in Anarchy for Healthiest Citizens, with 37.36 bananas ingested per day.

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Largest Welfare Programs: 39thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 78thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 103rdLeast Corrupt Governments: 136thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 153rdMost Advanced Public Transport: 167thMost Pacifist: 207thMost Beautiful Environments: 245thMost Compassionate Citizens: 256thMost Advanced Public Education: 257thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 268thSafest: 274thNicest Citizens: 290thHighest Food Quality: 331stMost Inclusive: 354thBest Weather: 356thHighest Average Tax Rates: 360thMost Cultured: 434thMost Developed: 453rdLargest Governments: 486thLongest Average Lifespans: 502ndMost Rebellious Youth: 511thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 521stHealthiest Citizens: 720thMost Cheerful Citizens: 821stSmartest Citizens: 978thLargest Publishing Industry: 1,073rdMost Subsidized Industry: 1,206thLowest Crime Rates: 1,394thHighest Poor Incomes: 1,615thTop
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Most Efficient Economies: 2,777thHighest Economic Output: 4,271stHighest Average Incomes: 4,335thMost Influential: 6,531stMost Valuable International Artwork: 7,867thMost Secular: 10,692ndMost World Assembly Endorsements: 10,931stTop
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Nudest: 12,189thMost Scientifically Advanced: 12,574thMost Stationary: 16,542ndMost Income Equality: 17,800thLargest Information Technology Sector: 18,128thLargest Populations: 19,193rdMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 22,269th
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Most Advanced Public Transport: 1st in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1st in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 1st in the regionSafest: 1st in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1st in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 1st in the regionTop
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Best Weather: 2nd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 2nd in the regionMost Pacifist: 2nd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 2nd in the regionMost Cultured: 2nd in the regionMost Developed: 2nd in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 2nd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 2nd in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 2nd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 3rd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 3rd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 3rd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 3rd in the regionLargest Governments: 3rd in the regionNicest Citizens: 4th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 4th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 4th in the regionMost Inclusive: 4th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 4th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 5th in the regionHighest Food Quality: 5th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 5th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 5th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 5th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 5th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 6th in the regionTop
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Most Secular: 8th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 8th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 8th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 9th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 9th in the regionMost Influential: 9th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 11th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Shetl, Gaius Trimalchio's media campaigns take a hiatus around exam week.
  • : Following new legislation in Shetl, employers are finding it hard to screen candidates now that everyone gets A grades in their exams.
  • : Shetl was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Nudest.
  • : Following new legislation in Shetl, one-man canoes fitted with the latest tracking technology leave no room for one man.
  • : Following new legislation in Shetl, a faint smell of body odour can be detected at several miles' distance from the National Science Park.
  • : Following new legislation in Shetl, Occam's razor has sliced to pieces any childhood belief in Santa Claus and the Tooth Fairy.
  • : Following new legislation in Shetl, the pursuit of wanted criminals ends at the entrance of the pay'n'spray garage as police refuse to enter any private property.
  • : Shetl was endorsed by The Confederated City Districts of Baldwin Park.
  • : Following new legislation in Shetl, halberds are common 18th birthday presents.
  • : Following new legislation in Shetl, cremation is compulsory for the deceased.

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