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Largest Information Technology Sector: 1,289th Most Subsidized Industry: 2,631st Most Scientifically Advanced: 3,570th
The Working Sneks of
Iron Fist Consumerists
Long Live Maoism or Yaism if you're in The Pacific
Ya Yingtan
Influence
Minnow
Region
Civil Rights
Few
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Outlawed

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Strala

Population3.436 billion

CapitalThe Mandate's manifestation
LeaderYa Yingtan

CurrencyDenarius
AnimalDragon

The Working Sneks of Strala is a massive, efficient nation, ruled by Ya Yingtan with an iron fist, and renowned for its soft-spoken computers, zero percent divorce rate, and pith helmet sales. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 3.436 billion Stralians are kept under strict control by the oppressive government, which measures its success by the nation's GDP and refers to individual citizens as "human resources."

The medium-sized, corrupt, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Industry, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of The Mandate's manifestation. The average income tax rate is 81.9%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Stralan economy, worth 596 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 slick, highly efficient, 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 impressive 173,467 Denarii, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The government is purchasing vast amounts of palm oil for plastics production, the latest Harry Potter book is a bestseller, it is illegal to make racist remarks in public, and airplanes have giant grilles on their noses to knock drones out of their path. 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.

Strala is ranked 86,842nd in the world and 2,093rd in the Pacific for Most Influential, scoring 78 on the Soft Power Disbursement Rating.

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Largest Information Technology Sector: 1,289thTop
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Most Subsidized Industry: 2,631stMost Scientifically Advanced: 3,570thHighest Poor Incomes: 3,589thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 3,603rdHealthiest Citizens: 5,065thMost Corrupt Governments: 5,101stLargest Manufacturing Sector: 6,044thSmartest Citizens: 6,080thLowest Crime Rates: 6,109thMost Developed: 6,295thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 7,031stTop
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Largest Black Market: 8,142ndHighest Average Incomes: 8,505thMost Efficient Economies: 8,537thLargest Governments: 9,200thMost Secular: 9,957thMost Advanced Public Education: 11,259thHighest Average Tax Rates: 11,720thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 12,665thLongest Average Lifespans: 12,744thLargest Insurance Industry: 13,497thMost Authoritarian: 13,579thMost Inclusive: 13,714th
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Largest Information Technology Sector: 36th in the regionTop
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Most Subsidized Industry: 66th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 85th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 107th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 109th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 118th in the regionLargest Black Market: 126th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 135th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 141st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 143rd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 162nd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 168th in the regionMost Developed: 171st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 175th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 195th in the regionLargest Governments: 229th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 276th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 276th in the regionTop
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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 316th in the regionMost Secular: 335th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 337th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 347th in the regionMost Inclusive: 374th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 466th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 525th in the regionLargest Populations: 550th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 566th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 569th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Strala, airplanes have giant grilles on their noses to knock drones out of their path.
  • : Following new legislation in Strala, it is illegal to make racist remarks in public.
  • : Following new legislation in Strala, the latest Harry Potter book is a bestseller.
  • : Strala's influence in The Pacific rose from "Nipper" to "Minnow".
  • : Following new legislation in Strala, the government is purchasing vast amounts of palm oil for plastics production.
  • : Following new legislation in Strala, citizens know never to accept cookies from strangers.
  • : Following new legislation in Strala, rumour has it Ya Yingtan needs a calculator to multiply ten by ten.
  • : Following new legislation in Strala, the military recognizes no difference between male and female soldiers.
  • : Following new legislation in Strala, 3D printed organs are a breath of new life for the sick and elderly.
  • : Following new legislation in Strala, citizens are deployed to barren deserts to protect small territorial claims.

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