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Most Inclusive: 253rd Highest Average Tax Rates: 391st Highest Poor Incomes: 440th
The Honourable Socialist Empire of
Corrupt Dictatorship
Fukoku Kyōhei, Shokusan Kōgyō
Queen-Empress Alytathalia
Influence
Negotiator
Civil Rights
Good
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Rare

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Shrive

Population5.673 billion

CapitalOswald Glade
LeaderQueen-Empress Alytathalia
FaithSai-Kurō

CurrencyKog
AnimalDeep-Sea Kraken

The Honourable Socialist Empire of Shrive is a colossal, genial nation, ruled by Queen-Empress Alytathalia with an iron fist, and renowned for its sprawling nuclear power plants, complete lack of prisons, and devotion to social welfare. The compassionate, cynical, cheerful population of 5.673 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 1,609 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 283,722 Kogs, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Politicians preface their speeches with a declaration that any resemblance to speeches given by individuals living or dead is purely coincidental, no one is quite sure what many government officials look like, the mood of raunchy movies is often ruined by the sound of babies crying, and bemused citizens are encouraged to sing foreign-language hymns of religions they have never heard of. 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 1,678th in the world and 4th in The Western Colonies for Healthiest Citizens, with 26.85 Bananas Ingested Per Day.

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Most Inclusive: 253rdHighest Average Tax Rates: 391stHighest Poor Incomes: 440thLargest Governments: 447thMost Scientifically Advanced: 492ndMost Developed: 705thLargest Information Technology Sector: 827thLongest Average Lifespans: 844thLargest Welfare Programs: 853rdMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 893rdMost Advanced Public Education: 904thSmartest Citizens: 956thMost Cultured: 981stMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1,014thMost Compassionate Citizens: 1,070thMost Subsidized Industry: 1,093rdNicest Citizens: 1,156thMost Beautiful Environments: 1,161stLowest Crime Rates: 1,264thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1,335thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1,387thTop
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Healthiest Citizens: 1,678thMost Advanced Public Transport: 1,722ndHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1,853rdHighest Average Incomes: 1,951stMost Cheerful Citizens: 2,365thMost Rebellious Youth: 3,243rdBest Weather: 4,035thMost Influential: 4,485thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 5,360thMost Secular: 5,649thMost Efficient Economies: 7,015thTop
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Highest Economic Output: 7,903rdLargest Manufacturing Sector: 9,128thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 9,672ndMost Income Equality: 9,744thMost Corrupt Governments: 11,945thMost Stationary: 14,791st
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Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 1st in the regionNicest Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 1st in the regionMost Developed: 1st in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1st in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 1st in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 1st in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 1st in the regionTop
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Most Rebellious Youth: 2nd in the regionMost Inclusive: 2nd in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 2nd in the regionMost Income Equality: 2nd in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 2nd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 2nd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 2nd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 2nd in the regionLargest Governments: 2nd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Shrive, bemused citizens are encouraged to sing foreign-language hymns of religions they have never heard of.
  • : Following new legislation in Shrive, the mood of raunchy movies is often ruined by the sound of babies crying.
  • : Following new legislation in Shrive, no one is quite sure what many government officials look like.
  • : Following new legislation in Shrive, politicians preface their speeches with a declaration that any resemblance to speeches given by individuals living or dead is purely coincidental.
  • : Following new legislation in Shrive, genetic screening weeds out citizens whose legs don't bend easily at the knee.
  • : Following new legislation in Shrive, Shriven soldiers are assured their new ray-guns will finally power up after the next round of ominous chanting.
  • : Following new legislation in Shrive, schoolboys who turn to watch pretty girls go by are given detention.
  • : Following new legislation in Shrive, landless farmers wander forlornly in the government's many national parks.
  • : Following new legislation in Shrive, new legislators take a week-long class entitled "Keeping Your Job: How to Avoid Offending Queen-Empress Alytathalia".
  • : Following new legislation in Shrive, Red Cross demand for body bags is rising while sutures go unused.

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