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Largest Publishing Industry: 1,530thLargest Populations: 2,213thMost Advanced Public Education: 3,524th
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Population31.137 billion

LeaderWillie Macks


The Sleeping Giant of Shizensky is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Willie Macks with a fair hand, and renowned for its daily referendums, ban on automobiles, and rampant corporate plagiarism. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic population of 31.137 billion Shizenskians enjoy a sensible mix of personal and economic freedoms, while the political process is open and the people's right to vote held sacrosanct.

The medium-sized government is primarily concerned with Education, although Industry, Healthcare, and Welfare are also considered important, while Spirituality and Administration receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Shizensk. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 60.5%.

The frighteningly efficient Shizenskian economy, worth a remarkable 3,349 trillion markers a year, is fairly diversified and dominated by the Book Publishing industry, with significant contributions from Uranium Mining, Gambling, and Woodchip Exports. Average income is an impressive 107,560 markers, with the richest citizens earning 8.3 times as much as the poorest.

'A is for Annulment' is a popular children's song, the Shizenskian Arts Council pays teenagers to sit through opera performances, citizens are permitted to carry concealed handguns, and truncheon-mounted cameras record the beating of criminals in dynamic HD detail. Crime is totally unknown. Shizensky's national animal is the hamster, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

Shizensky is ranked 149,793rd in the world and 43rd in Renegade Islands Alliance for Largest Information Technology Sector, scoring 898.6 on the Fann-Boi Productivity Index.

Largest Publishing Industry: 1,530thLargest Populations: 2,213thTop
Most Advanced Public Education: 3,524thHighest Economic Output: 4,208thMost Rebellious Youth: 5,343rdMost Developed: 6,266thMost Cultured: 6,303rdMost Secular: 7,064thSmartest Citizens: 7,244thHealthiest Citizens: 10,238thTop
Most Influential: 11,597thLargest Mining Sector: 11,730thMost Efficient Economies: 12,103rdMost Subsidized Industry: 12,219thHighest Food Quality: 14,004thLongest Average Lifespans: 15,134thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 15,501stMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 16,280thLargest Gambling Industry: 17,928th
Largest Populations: 1st in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 2nd in the regionMost Secular: 3rd in the regionMost Developed: 3rd in the regionTop
Nudest: 4th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 4th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 4th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 4th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 5th in the regionMost Cultured: 5th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 5th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 6th in the region

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