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Most Patriotic: 256thMost Scientifically Advanced: 382ndLargest Information Technology Sector: 388th
The Working and Mercantile Sneks of
Psychotic Dictatorship
Long Live Maoism or Yaism if you're in The Pacific
Ya Yangtan
Influence
Page
Region
Civil Rights
Rare
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Outlawed

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Strala

Population7.593 billion

CapitalSomewhere
LeaderYa Yangtan
FaithGod Snek

CurrencyDenarius
AnimalDragon

The Working and Mercantile Sneks of Strala is a colossal, efficient nation, ruled by Ya Yangtan with an iron fist, and notable for its anti-smoking policies, pith helmet sales, and frequent executions. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 7.593 billion Stralans 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, moralistic, socially-minded, well-organized government is primarily concerned with Defense, although Education, Law & Order, and Industry are also considered important, while Spirituality and International Aid aren't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Somewhere. The average income tax rate is 97.8%.

The frighteningly efficient Stralan economy, worth a remarkable 2,179 trillion Denarii 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, broadly diversified black market in Information Technology and Arms Manufacturing. 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 amazing 286,987 Denarii, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Sneezing pedestrians are grabbed by alley-lurking doctors, deceased politicians' MyFace profiles are unanimously pro-incumbent, Ya Yangtan's office has a newly installed Max-Man arcade game programmed by a 5th-grader, and tech-mad citizens think that the laser-powered bread-slicer uPhone App is the coolest thing since sliced bread. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Strala's national animal is the Dragon, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to toxic air pollution, and its national religion is God Snek.

Strala is ranked 245,676th in the world and 7,064th in the Pacific for Best Weather, with -146 meters of sunlight.

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Most Patriotic: 256thMost Scientifically Advanced: 382ndLargest Information Technology Sector: 388thHighest Poor Incomes: 887thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1,074thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1,095thMost Secular: 1,181stLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1,410thMost Valuable International Artwork: 1,469thLowest Crime Rates: 1,503rdMost Developed: 1,550thSmartest Citizens: 1,677thLongest Average Lifespans: 1,962ndHealthiest Citizens: 2,057thLargest Governments: 2,113thMost Efficient Economies: 2,317thHighest Average Incomes: 2,445thMost Corrupt Governments: 2,495thTop
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Highest Average Tax Rates: 2,736thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 4,521stMost Subsidized Industry: 5,131stLargest Black Market: 5,199thMost Advanced Public Education: 5,810thHighest Economic Output: 7,857thMost Authoritarian: 8,286thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 9,511thMost Influential: 11,577thTop
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Most Popular Tourist Destinations: 12,536thLargest Mining Sector: 13,089thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 13,385thMost Advanced Public Transport: 13,976thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 15,815thMost Inclusive: 20,268thMost Income Equality: 23,533rdMost Conservative: 23,858th
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Most Scientifically Advanced: 11th in the regionMost Patriotic: 12th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 13th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 30th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 31st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 34th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 34th in the regionMost Secular: 40th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 41st in the regionMost Developed: 45th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 48th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 48th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 49th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 50th in the regionMost Influential: 54th in the regionLargest Governments: 55th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 61st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 64th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 68th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 69th in the regionTop
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Highest Average Incomes: 74th in the regionLargest Black Market: 85th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 100th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 107th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 134th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 134th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 230th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 315th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 321st in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 327th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 334th in the regionLargest Populations: 342nd in the regionTop
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Highest Wealthy Incomes: 372nd in the regionMost Stationary: 476th in the regionMost Extreme: 534th in the regionMost Inclusive: 549th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 601st in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 623rd in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 690th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Strala was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Highest Average Incomes.
  • : Following new legislation in Strala, tech-mad citizens think that the laser-powered bread-slicer uPhone App is the coolest thing since sliced bread.
  • : Following new legislation in Strala, Ya Yangtan's office has a newly installed Max-Man arcade game programmed by a 5th-grader.
  • : Following new legislation in Strala, deceased politicians' MyFace profiles are unanimously pro-incumbent.
  • : Strala was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Conservative.
  • : Strala voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Statement on the Nuclear Apocalypse".
  • : Strala voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Drug Decriminalization Act".
  • : Following new legislation in Strala, sneezing pedestrians are grabbed by alley-lurking doctors.
  • : Following new legislation in Strala, hundreds of subterranean tunnels are being built as part of "Project Morlock".
  • : Following new legislation in Strala, rumour has it Ya Yangtan needs a calculator to multiply ten by ten.

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