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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 3,668thMost Influential: 6,909thMost Pacifist: 8,283rd
The Kingdom of
Corrupt Dictatorship
Live and be happy.
Influence
Sprat
Civil Rights
Some
Economy
All-Consuming
Political Freedom
Outlawed

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Shpanland

Population478 million

CapitalShpanland City

Currencypound
AnimalDog

The Kingdom of Shpanland is a huge, environmentally stunning nation, notable for its anti-smoking policies, smutty television, and irreverence towards religion. The cynical population of 478 million Shpanlandians 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, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Education, Law & Order, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Shpanland City. The average income tax rate is 75.6%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The all-consuming Shpanlandian economy, worth 46.1 trillion pounds a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector is led by the Tourism industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Book Publishing, and Furniture Restoration. Average income is 96,526 pounds, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The military struggles with recruitment, people talk about things being better when men were men, all statues and paintings of dogs are being destroyed to avoid offending cat-lovers, and every workday begins with group therapy. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Shpanland's national animal is the Dog, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Shpanland is ranked 20,551st in the world and 609th in the South Pacific for Largest Publishing Industry, scoring 7,407.09 on the Bella Potter Productivity e-Index.

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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 3,668thMost Influential: 6,909thMost Pacifist: 8,283rdLargest Welfare Programs: 11,727thLowest Crime Rates: 11,968thTop
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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 12,623rdHealthiest Citizens: 13,769thLongest Average Lifespans: 14,310thMost Cheerful Citizens: 15,114thMost Inclusive: 16,099thBest Weather: 17,448thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 17,683rdMost Advanced Public Education: 18,011thMost Authoritarian: 18,728thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 19,818thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 19,891stLargest Publishing Industry: 20,551stHighest Average Tax Rates: 20,795thHighest Poor Incomes: 21,038thMost Subsidized Industry: 21,080thMost Beautiful Environments: 22,078thMost Secular: 22,509thMost Corrupt Governments: 22,556thMost Developed: 23,113thLargest Governments: 23,681stMost Advanced Public Transport: 24,299th
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Most Pacifist: 310th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 336th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 365th in the regionTop
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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 422nd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 436th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 450th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 496th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 571st in the regionMost Inclusive: 579th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 581st in the regionBest Weather: 588th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 609th in the regionMost Influential: 627th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 644th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 644th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 661st in the regionMost Developed: 688th in the regionLargest Governments: 689th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 690th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 706th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 723rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 736th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 750th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 755th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 765th in the regionMost Cultured: 774th in the regionMost Secular: 774th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 796th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Shpanland lost the endorsement of The All Inclusive 🌈 and 💜 of Jehenna.
  • : Shpanland was endorsed by The Federation of Nyxonia.
  • : Following new legislation in Shpanland, every workday begins with group therapy.
  • : Following new legislation in Shpanland, all statues and paintings of dogs are being destroyed to avoid offending cat-lovers.
  • : Following new legislation in Shpanland, people talk about things being better when men were men.
  • : Following new legislation in Shpanland, the military struggles with recruitment.
  • : Shpanland was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Lowest Crime Rates.
  • : Shpanland was endorsed by The No Pretitle of Esfalsa.
  • : Following new legislation in Shpanland, extraordinary rendition is nothing out of the ordinary.
  • : Following new legislation in Shpanland, every new building project has to undergo a five-year environmental impact study before it can go ahead.

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