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Most Valuable International Artwork: 7,198thMost Devout: 10,862ndHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 16,674th
The Socialist Federation of
Corrupt Dictatorship
Sach Sabase Mahan Hai!
Civil Rights
Very Strong
Political Freedom

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Population1.186 billion

LeaderXavier Raja Red

CurrencyShieldstani Rupee

The Socialist Federation of Shieldstan is a massive, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Xavier Raja Red with an iron fist, and notable for its ban on automobiles, infamous sell-swords, and public floggings. The hard-nosed, cynical, devout population of 1.186 billion Shieldstanis are ruled with an iron fist by the dictatorship government, which ensures that no-one outside the party gets too rich. In their personal lives, however, citizens are relatively unoppressed; it remains to be seen whether this is because the government genuinely cares about its people, or if it hasn't gotten around to stamping out civil rights yet.

The large, corrupt, socially-minded, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Delhi. The average income tax rate is 53.4%.

The very strong Shieldstani economy, worth 87.5 trillion Shieldstani Rupees a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is a slick, highly efficient, quite specialized black market in Tourism, Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, and Cheese Exports. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is 73,740 Shieldstani Rupees, with the richest citizens earning 5.2 times as much as the poorest.

The wearing and manufacture of fur apparel is banned, the children of Shieldstan are often remarked upon for their cheery attitude to extreme violence, Xavier Raja Red's exquisite office door is replaced monthly due to angry petitioners, and children asking questions about science are referred to relevant sections in religious texts. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Shieldstan's national animal is the Elephant, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Shieldstan is ranked 44,794th in the world and 5th in The Second Asia for Lowest Crime Rates, with 74.92 law-abiding acts per hour.

Most Valuable International Artwork: 7,198thMost Devout: 10,862ndTop
Highest Unexpected Death Rate: 16,674thBest Weather: 17,328thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 24,208thMost Beautiful Environments: 25,899thMost Authoritarian: 25,995th
Most Beautiful Environments: 1st in the regionBest Weather: 1st in the regionMost Influential: 1st in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 1st in the region

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