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Largest Agricultural Sector: 1,524thLargest Information Technology Sector: 2,141stMost Influential: 3,212th
The United Socialist States of
Father Knows Best State
United We Stand, Divided We Fall
Oblivion Knight
Civil Rights
Below Average
Political Freedom

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Shy Guy Nation

Population4.947 billion

CapitalShy Guy Falls
LeaderGeneral Guy
FaithCult of Speed


The United Socialist States of Shy Guy Nation is a massive, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by General Guy with an iron fist, and renowned for its soft-spoken computers, parental licensing program, and aversion to nipples. The hard-nosed, cynical population of 4.947 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 Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Shy Guy Falls. The average income tax rate is 38.7%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Shy Guy economy, worth 970 trillion roubles a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is a large, well-organized, fairly diversified black market in Information Technology, Arms Manufacturing, Tourism, and Book Publishing. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is an impressive 196,085 roubles, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.3 times as much as the poorest.

The military is slashing spending on conventional arms and diverting it to spending on prosthetic arms, only persecuted professionals need apply, sales of disinfectant wipes have skyrocketed, and caps with skulls on them are the height of fashion. 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 219,906th in the world and 328th in Wintreath for Safest, scoring 7.32 on the Bubble-Rapp Safety Rating.

Largest Agricultural Sector: 1,524thLargest Information Technology Sector: 2,141stTop
Most Influential: 3,212thMost Scientifically Advanced: 3,295thHighest Disposable Incomes: 4,345thMost Corrupt Governments: 5,236thLargest Publishing Industry: 5,484thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 5,533rdLargest Manufacturing Sector: 5,539thLargest Black Market: 5,647thSmartest Citizens: 6,003rdMost Developed: 6,052ndHighest Poor Incomes: 6,275thHighest Average Incomes: 6,810thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 6,811thHealthiest Citizens: 7,680thLongest Average Lifespans: 8,687thMost Cultured: 8,870thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 9,890thLowest Crime Rates: 10,277thTop
Most Popular Tourist Destinations: 11,732ndMost Efficient Economies: 12,020thMost Beautiful Environments: 12,054thMost Valuable International Artwork: 13,823rdMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 16,520thHighest Economic Output: 18,122ndMost Subsidized Industry: 21,196thLargest Governments: 21,228th
Largest Agricultural Sector: 5th in the regionMost Influential: 7th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 7th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 7th in the regionLargest Black Market: 13th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 14th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 14th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 17th in the regionTop
Most Developed: 20th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 21st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 21st in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 21st in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 21st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 22nd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 23rd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 26th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 27th in the regionMost Cultured: 32nd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 33rd in the region

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