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Highest Poor Incomes: 26thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 37thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 43rd
The Union of Soviet States of
Psychotic Dictatorship
If it ain't broke break it.
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Population17.909 billion

CapitalSouth of Heaven

AnimalHouse Giraffe

The Union of Soviet States of Slaytania is a gargantuan, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Stalinovich with an iron fist, and notable for its public floggings, national health service, and unlimited-speed roads. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 17.909 billion Slaytanians are ruled without fear or favor by a psychotic dictator, who outlaws just about everything and refers to the populace as "my little playthings."

The medium-sized, corrupt, socially-minded, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Education, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of South of Heaven. The average income tax rate is 99.5%.

The frighteningly efficient Slaytanian economy, worth an astonishing 11,364 trillion Strummers 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 an enormous, deeply entrenched, broadly diversified black market in Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, Book Publishing, and Retail. 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 a breathtaking 634,555 Strummers, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Citizens try to pass off bottlecaps they found in their backyards as historical artifacts, much of Slaytania's computer network is controlled by a rampant artificial intelligence, children entertain themselves by throwing rocks through the windows of world-class museums, and if a tree falls in the forest and nobody is there to hear it... Slaytanian satellites can detect it. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Slaytania's national animal is the House Giraffe, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Stalinism.

Slaytania is ranked 399th in the world and 1st in 10000 Islands for Most Advanced Defense Forces, scoring 43,482.85 on the Total War Preparedness Rating.

Highest Poor Incomes: 26thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 37thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 43rdMost Corrupt Governments: 61stLargest Black Market: 62ndMost Influential: 66thMost Subsidized Industry: 79thLargest Agricultural Sector: 87thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 99thMost Advanced Public Education: 106thLargest Insurance Industry: 116thMost Secular: 117thHighest Average Incomes: 125thLargest Publishing Industry: 138thLowest Crime Rates: 248thSmartest Citizens: 285thMost Efficient Economies: 293rdHighest Economic Output: 374thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 391stMost Advanced Defense Forces: 399thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 401stMost Developed: 454thLongest Average Lifespans: 504thLargest Governments: 542ndMost Scientifically Advanced: 635thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 646thLargest Retail Industry: 724thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 793rdLargest Information Technology Sector: 974thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1,060thHighest Average Tax Rates: 1,203rdMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 1,361stLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1,769thMost Beautiful Environments: 1,803rdHealthiest Citizens: 1,858thMost Patriotic: 1,993rdMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2,275thMost Cultured: 2,279thTop
Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 2,646thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 2,663rdMost Stationary: 2,745thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 3,635thLargest Mining Sector: 5,471stRudest Citizens: 6,588thHighest Food Quality: 9,239thLargest Populations: 11,091stTop
Most Income Equality: 15,120thMost Authoritarian: 16,082ndLargest Soda Pop Sector: 21,121st
Highest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Black Market: 1st in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 1st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1st in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Secular: 3rd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 3rd in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 3rd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 3rd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 3rd in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 3rd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 3rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 3rd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 4th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 5th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 6th in the regionLargest Governments: 7th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 7th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 8th in the regionMost Developed: 11th in the regionTop
Longest Average Lifespans: 12th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 12th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 14th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 15th in the regionMost Influential: 17th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 18th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 19th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 21st in the regionMost Patriotic: 22nd in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 25th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 27th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 27th in the regionMost Stationary: 35th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 37th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 40th in the regionMost Cultured: 41st in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 42nd in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 45th in the regionTop
Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 56th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 63rd in the regionMost Income Equality: 71st in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 79th in the region

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