by Max Barry

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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 2,588thMost Influential: 5,004thSafest: 6,598th
The People's Republic of
Democratic Socialists
Unite to overcome all difficulties
Civil Rights
Very Good
Political Freedom

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Population581 million


The People's Republic of Shovell is a huge, genial nation, remarkable for its state-planned economy, restrictive gun laws, and devotion to social welfare. The compassionate population of 581 million Shovellians are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The large, socially-minded government juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Welfare. The average income tax rate is 70.8%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The powerhouse Shovellian economy, worth 55.1 trillion dollars a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is fairly diversified, is led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Tourism, Book Publishing, and Arms Manufacturing. Average income is 94,820 dollars, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Leader always arrives fashionably late and smelling of mushrooms, the pursuit of wanted criminals ends at the entrance of the pay'n'spray garage as police refuse to enter any private property, the nation's generous tax credits have brought all the film studios to the yard, and many whiskies taste suspiciously like automobile radiators. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Shovell's national animal is the ant, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Shovell is ranked 18,849th in the world and 75th in Conch Kingdom for Smartest Citizens, with 64.26 quips per hour.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 2,588thTop
Most Influential: 5,004thSafest: 6,598thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 6,760thLeast Corrupt Governments: 8,590thLargest Welfare Programs: 9,667thMost Cheerful Citizens: 10,481stMost Pacifist: 12,179thLargest Publishing Industry: 12,443rdTop
Nicest Citizens: 14,174thMost Compassionate Citizens: 15,598thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 17,542ndMost Advanced Public Education: 18,303rdHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 18,404thSmartest Citizens: 18,849thMost Inclusive: 19,752ndLowest Crime Rates: 19,812thMost Beautiful Environments: 20,045thBest Weather: 21,862ndHighest Food Quality: 22,024thLongest Average Lifespans: 22,899thMost Scientifically Advanced: 23,571stLargest Information Technology Sector: 23,611thMost Secular: 24,217thHighest Poor Incomes: 24,640th
Safest: 21st in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 24th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 29th in the regionTop
Least Corrupt Governments: 32nd in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 47th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 53rd in the region

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