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Most Inclusive: 310thHighest Average Tax Rates: 402ndLargest Governments: 486th
The Second People's Empire of
Corrupt Dictatorship
Fukoku Kyōhei, Shokusan Kōgyō
Queen-Empress Alytathalia
Influence
Shoeshiner
Civil Rights
Very Good
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Rare

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Shrive

Population7.255 billion

CapitalOswald Glade
LeaderQueen-Empress Alytathalia
FaithSai-Kurō

CurrencyKog
AnimalDeep-Sea Kraken

The Second People's Empire of Shrive is a colossal, genial nation, ruled by Queen-Empress Alytathalia with an iron fist, and remarkable for its strictly enforced bedtime, sprawling nuclear power plants, and stringent health and safety legislation. The compassionate, cynical, cheerful population of 7.255 billion Shrivens 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, Education, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Oswald Glade. The income tax rate is 100%.

The frighteningly efficient Shriven economy, worth a remarkable 2,068 trillion Kogs a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is quite specialized, is led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Tourism and Arms Manufacturing. Average income is an amazing 285,123 Kogs, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Sniffer dogs check train passengers for body odour, military officers are given medals for disobeying orders, foreign leaders who don't applaud Queen-Empress Alytathalia's speeches are regarded as enemies of Shrive, and court cases mostly involve lawyers shouting questions at witnesses giving silent shrugs. Crime is totally unknown. Shrive's national animal is the Deep-Sea Kraken, which frolics freely in the nation's sparkling oceans, and its national religion is Sai-Kurō.

Shrive is ranked 180,749th in the world and 41st in The Universal Order of Nations for Most Pro-Market, scoring -76.78 on the Rand Index.

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Most Inclusive: 310thHighest Average Tax Rates: 402ndLargest Governments: 486thMost Scientifically Advanced: 580thHighest Poor Incomes: 582ndMost Efficient Economies: 823rdLargest Welfare Programs: 857thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 926thMost Developed: 931stMost Advanced Public Education: 948thLargest Information Technology Sector: 1,018thSmartest Citizens: 1,029thMost Cultured: 1,077thLongest Average Lifespans: 1,111thMost Beautiful Environments: 1,160thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1,172ndMost Compassionate Citizens: 1,256thLowest Crime Rates: 1,315thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1,325thNicest Citizens: 1,330thMost Subsidized Industry: 1,408thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1,489thMost Advanced Public Transport: 1,674thHealthiest Citizens: 1,728thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 2,003rdTop
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Highest Average Incomes: 2,295thMost Cheerful Citizens: 2,351stMost Rebellious Youth: 3,159thBest Weather: 3,720thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 6,039thHighest Economic Output: 7,037thMost Secular: 7,809thMost Valuable International Artwork: 7,939thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 9,806thTop
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Most Corrupt Governments: 13,868thMost Income Equality: 16,221stHighest Wealthy Incomes: 18,001st
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Most Compassionate Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1st in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 1st in the regionNicest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 1st in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1st in the regionMost Inclusive: 2nd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 2nd in the regionMost Income Equality: 2nd in the regionBest Weather: 2nd in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 2nd in the regionTop
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Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 3rd in the regionLargest Governments: 3rd in the regionMost Cultured: 3rd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 3rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 4th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 4th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Shrive's influence in The Universal Order of Nations rose from "Sprat" to "Shoeshiner".
  • : Shrive voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Repeal "Condemn Vandoosa"".
  • : Shrive voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Supporting and Valuing the Humanities".
  • : Following new legislation in Shrive, court cases mostly involve lawyers shouting questions at witnesses giving silent shrugs.
  • : Following new legislation in Shrive, foreign leaders who don't applaud Queen-Empress Alytathalia's speeches are regarded as enemies of Shrive.
  • : Following new legislation in Shrive, military officers are given medals for disobeying orders.
  • : Following new legislation in Shrive, sniffer dogs check train passengers for body odour.
  • : Following new legislation in Shrive, failed genetic experiments wreak havoc as they roam the countryside.
  • : Following new legislation in Shrive, GP clinics are inundated by patients requesting prescriptions for alcohol.
  • : Following new legislation in Shrive, proper policy proposals prerequire professional peer-reviewed papers.

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