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Most Ignorant Citizens: 1,021stMost Primitive: 1,099thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2,275th
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Swiftlandian Peoples Republic

Population427 million


CurrencyFlex Tape
AnimalNuclear Radiated Cat

The Dictatorship of Swiftlandian Peoples Republic is a huge, orderly nation, remarkable for its keen interest in outer space, ritual sacrifices, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless, devout population of 427 million Swiftlandians 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 large, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government prioritizes Defense, with Law & Order, Industry, and Administration also on the agenda, while Welfare and Social Policy are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of PhilPort. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 66.4%.

The all-consuming Swiftlandian Peoples Republician economy, worth 57.0 trillion Flex Tapes 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, quite specialized black market in Arms Manufacturing, Retail, Uranium Mining, and Gambling. 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 133,596 Flex Tapes, with the richest citizens earning 9.7 times as much as the poorest.

Ghost regiments exist only on paper, Swiftlandian Peoples Republic Barrier Island residents anxiously await their 'Bridge to Somewhere', scenic tours are unheard of after most environmental laws were abolished, and thousands of picky mothers-in-law have been recruited to serve as even pickier cookery instructors. Crime, especially youth-related, is almost non-existent, thanks to a very well-funded police force. Swiftlandian Peoples Republic's national animal is the Nuclear Radiated Cat, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

Swiftlandian Peoples Republic is ranked 166,388th in the world and 135th in The Labyrinth for Most Pro-Market, scoring -58.78 on the Rand Index.

Most Ignorant Citizens: 1,021stMost Primitive: 1,099thTop
Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2,275thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 2,482ndMost Armed: 2,573rdLargest Manufacturing Sector: 3,236thMost Avoided: 3,345thNudest: 3,647thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 3,990thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 4,353rdFattest Citizens: 4,929thMost Corrupt Governments: 6,855thMost Devout: 9,986thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 10,013thTop
Largest Retail Industry: 11,311thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 12,319thLargest Black Market: 13,054thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 13,374thLargest Mining Sector: 13,719thMost Conservative: 13,736thMost Valuable International Artwork: 13,935thMost Authoritarian: 14,961stMost Advanced Public Transport: 15,013thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 15,469thHighest Average Incomes: 17,662ndMost Subsidized Industry: 18,578th
Most Ignorant Citizens: 1st in the regionTop
Most Advanced Defense Forces: 2nd in the regionMost Primitive: 2nd in the regionMost Armed: 3rd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 3rd in the regionMost Avoided: 3rd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 3rd in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 3rd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 4th in the regionNudest: 4th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 4th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 5th in the regionFattest Citizens: 5th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 6th in the regionMost Devout: 6th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 7th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 7th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 8th in the regionLargest Black Market: 9th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 9th in the regionTop
Largest Retail Industry: 10th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 11th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 16th in the regionLargest Governments: 16th in the regionMost Influential: 17th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 18th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 19th in the region

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