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Most Scientifically Advanced: 459thLargest Information Technology Sector: 479thHighest Poor Incomes: 1,145th
The Working and Mercantile Sneks of
Psychotic Dictatorship
Long Live Maoism or Yaism if you're in The Pacific
Ya Yangtan
Influence
Shoeshiner
Region
Civil Rights
Unheard Of
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Outlawed

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Strala

Population6.793 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 keen interest in outer space, pith helmet sales, and sprawling nuclear power plants. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 6.793 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, well-organized government is primarily concerned with Defense, with Education, Law & Order, and Industry also on the agenda, while Spirituality and International Aid receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Somewhere. The average income tax rate is 97.1%.

The frighteningly efficient Stralan economy, worth a remarkable 1,804 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, fairly 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 265,713 Denarii, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Police spend their Saturday nights breaking up illegal street races, asking a cutie their star sign is always met with withering scorn, most ambassadors from Strala retire only a few years after being appointed, and going on a diet invalidates your passport. 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 216,467th in the world and 5,337th in the Pacific for Greatest Rich-Poor Divides, with 1.37 Rich To Poor Income Ratio.

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Most Scientifically Advanced: 459thLargest Information Technology Sector: 479thHighest Poor Incomes: 1,145thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1,247thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1,381stMost Developed: 1,650thLowest Crime Rates: 1,725thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1,822ndSmartest Citizens: 2,050thMost Valuable International Artwork: 2,130thMost Secular: 2,191stLongest Average Lifespans: 2,229thHealthiest Citizens: 2,239thMost Efficient Economies: 2,246thTop
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Largest Governments: 2,404thMost Corrupt Governments: 2,960thHighest Average Incomes: 2,971stHighest Average Tax Rates: 3,115thMost Subsidized Industry: 5,125thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 5,691stMost Advanced Public Education: 6,425thLargest Black Market: 7,132ndMost Authoritarian: 7,423rdHighest Economic Output: 9,505thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 10,264thTop
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Most Advanced Public Transport: 13,930thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 15,880thLargest Mining Sector: 16,181stMost Conservative: 18,279thMost Inclusive: 18,391stLargest Insurance Industry: 18,785thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 19,843rdMost Influential: 23,123rdMost Income Equality: 23,700th
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Most Scientifically Advanced: 12th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 14th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 38th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 39th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 41st in the regionMost Developed: 46th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 49th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 51st in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 52nd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 55th in the regionMost Secular: 56th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 56th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 61st in the regionTop
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Most Valuable International Artwork: 62nd in the regionLargest Governments: 64th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 76th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 79th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 88th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 90th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 116th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 137th in the regionLargest Black Market: 139th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 139th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 145th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 304th in the regionTop
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Most Advanced Public Transport: 310th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 321st in the regionLargest Populations: 358th in the regionMost Influential: 395th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 398th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 456th in the regionMost Extreme: 508th in the regionMost Inclusive: 517th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 545th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 604th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Strala voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Commend Deadeye Jack".
  • : Strala voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Freedom of dress".
  • : Following new legislation in Strala, going on a diet invalidates your passport.
  • : Following new legislation in Strala, most ambassadors from Strala retire only a few years after being appointed.
  • : Following new legislation in Strala, asking a cutie their star sign is always met with withering scorn.
  • : Following new legislation in Strala, police spend their Saturday nights breaking up illegal street races.
  • : Strala was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Income Equality.
  • : Following new legislation in Strala, drill sergeants yell in the ears of bespectacled nerds in cybermilitary "reboot camps".
  • : Following new legislation in Strala, executions often take hours as amateurs attempt to find veins.
  • : Following new legislation in Strala, emigrants arrive on foreign shores with nothing but pocket sand.

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