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Largest Information Technology Sector: 726thMost Scientifically Advanced: 804thHighest Poor Incomes: 1,927th
The Working and Mercantile Sneks of
Iron Fist Consumerists
Long Live Maoism or Yingism if you're in The Pacific
Ya Yangtan
Influence
Sprat
Region
Civil Rights
Unheard Of
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Outlawed

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Strala

Population5.422 billion

CapitalSomewhere
LeaderYa Yangtan
FaithGod Snek

CurrencyDenarius
AnimalDragon

The Working and Mercantile Sneks of Strala is a colossal, orderly nation, ruled by Ya Yangtan with an iron fist, and remarkable for its zero percent divorce rate, digital currency, and aversion to nipples. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 5.422 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, moralistic, well-organized government prioritizes Defense, although Education, Industry, and Law & Order are also considered important, while Spirituality isn't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Somewhere. The average income tax rate is 92.6%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Stralan economy, worth a remarkable 1,197 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 220,946 Denarii, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The sound of wooden legs echo throughout Strala after the recent introduction of the Foot Tax, mandatory updates on software drivers often bring life to a halt, pre-takeoff checks last longer than the flights themselves, and mandatory spouse selection pairs elderly apparatchiki with stunningly beautiful supermodels. 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 128,807th in the world and 4,001st in the Pacific for Largest Soda Pop Sector, scoring 213.91 on the Addison-Fukk Productivity Rating.

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Largest Information Technology Sector: 726thMost Scientifically Advanced: 804thHighest Poor Incomes: 1,927thMost Valuable International Artwork: 2,146thTop
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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2,475thMost Developed: 2,548thMost Efficient Economies: 2,743rdMost Advanced Defense Forces: 2,847thHealthiest Citizens: 3,075thLongest Average Lifespans: 3,274thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 3,358thLowest Crime Rates: 3,426thSmartest Citizens: 3,546thMost Subsidized Industry: 4,706thHighest Average Incomes: 4,766thMost Corrupt Governments: 4,804thLargest Governments: 4,935thHighest Average Tax Rates: 6,389thMost Secular: 7,504thLargest Black Market: 7,699thMost Authoritarian: 8,850thMost Advanced Public Education: 9,781stMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 10,506thMost Conservative: 10,942ndTop
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Largest Insurance Industry: 13,164thHighest Economic Output: 14,093rdMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 16,954thMost Inclusive: 17,702ndLargest Mining Sector: 18,174thMost Advanced Public Transport: 18,826th
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Largest Information Technology Sector: 16th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 23rd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 57th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 63rd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 66th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 66th in the regionTop
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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 69th in the regionMost Developed: 70th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 76th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 86th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 86th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 87th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 91st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 110th in the regionLargest Governments: 120th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 134th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 151st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 166th in the regionLargest Black Market: 184th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 215th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 228th in the regionMost Secular: 236th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 261st in the regionTop
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Most Authoritarian: 363rd in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 406th in the regionLargest Populations: 416th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 434th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 442nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 447th in the regionMost Conservative: 452nd in the regionMost Inclusive: 487th in the regionMost Extreme: 644th in the region

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