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Largest Agricultural Sector: 1,579thLargest Information Technology Sector: 2,127thMost Influential: 2,809th
The United Socialist States of
Father Knows Best State
United We Stand, Divided We Fall
Influence
Duckspeaker
Oblivion Knight
Region
Civil Rights
Average
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Few

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Shy Guy Nation

Population5.562 billion

CapitalShy Guy Falls
LeaderGeneral Guy
FaithCult of Speed

Currencyrouble
Animalostrich

The United Socialist States of Shy Guy Nation is a colossal, orderly nation, ruled by General Guy with an iron fist, and notable for its parental licensing program, pith helmet sales, and stringent health and safety legislation. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical population of 5.562 billion Shy Guys are ruled by a mostly-benevolent dictator, who grants the populace the freedom to live their own lives but watches carefully for anyone to slip up.

The relatively small, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Law & Order, Education, and Defense. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Shy Guy Falls. The average income tax rate is 33.1%.

The frighteningly efficient Shy Guy economy, worth a remarkable 1,067 trillion roubles a year, is fairly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Tourism, and Book Publishing. Black market activity is rampant. Average income is an impressive 191,990 roubles, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 4.9 times as much as the poorest.

'To Regulate And Beyond' is the unofficial motto of the Shy Guy Space Agency, Shy Guys believe manners maketh the leader, Cult of Speed now admits men and women into its clergy, and blasphemers and government critics often die in very unusual and unlikely accidents. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Shy Guy Nation's national animal is the ostrich, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Cult of Speed.

Shy Guy Nation is ranked 236,804th in the world and 314th in Wintreath for Largest Insurance Industry, scoring -15.23 on the Risk Expulsion Effectiveness Rating.

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Largest Agricultural Sector: 1,579thLargest Information Technology Sector: 2,127thTop
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Most Influential: 2,809thMost Scientifically Advanced: 3,450thHighest Disposable Incomes: 3,876thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 4,924thMost Corrupt Governments: 5,271stLargest Publishing Industry: 5,388thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 5,428thSmartest Citizens: 5,675thMost Developed: 5,980thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 6,430thLargest Black Market: 6,456thHighest Average Incomes: 7,525thHealthiest Citizens: 7,575thMost Cultured: 8,105thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 9,579thLongest Average Lifespans: 9,617thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 10,223rdMost Efficient Economies: 10,590thLowest Crime Rates: 11,215thMost Beautiful Environments: 11,357thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 11,804thTop
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Most Valuable International Artwork: 15,331stMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 16,713thHighest Economic Output: 16,979thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 17,635thHighest Poor Incomes: 17,725thLargest Governments: 22,453rdMost Stationary: 23,836thMost Subsidized Industry: 24,037th
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Largest Information Technology Sector: 5th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 5th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 6th in the regionMost Influential: 6th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 9th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 11th in the regionLargest Black Market: 13th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 13th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 15th in the regionTop
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Smartest Citizens: 17th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 18th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 19th in the regionMost Developed: 20th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 22nd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 23rd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 23rd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 24th in the regionMost Cultured: 26th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 28th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 30th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 32nd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 32nd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Shy Guy Nation was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Subsidized Industry.
  • : Following new legislation in Shy Guy Nation, blasphemers and government critics often die in very unusual and unlikely accidents.
  • : Following new legislation in Shy Guy Nation, Cult of Speed now admits men and women into its clergy.
  • : Shy Guy Nation voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Protecting the Rights of Labour Unions".
  • : Following new legislation in Shy Guy Nation, Shy Guys believe manners maketh the leader.
  • : Following new legislation in Shy Guy Nation, 'To Regulate And Beyond' is the unofficial motto of the Shy Guy Space Agency.
  • : Following new legislation in Shy Guy Nation, the poor are forced into bankruptcy by their energy bills.
  • : Following new legislation in Shy Guy Nation, economics is a shrinking field.
  • : Following new legislation in Shy Guy Nation, gigantic marble churches take up almost half the land area of small villages.
  • : Following new legislation in Shy Guy Nation, reporters sent to cover suspected UFO visits come back with stories about quilting bees.

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