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Most Secular: 7,015thMost Armed: 7,058thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 12,793rd
The Thedian Protectorate of
Moralistic Democracy
Peace and Justice
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Population4.01 billion


The Thedian Protectorate of SwordandShield10 is a massive, environmentally stunning nation, renowned for its complete lack of prisons, pith helmet sales, and devotion to social welfare. The hard-nosed population of 4.01 billion SwordandShield10ians are highly moralistic and fiercely conservative, in the sense that they tend to believe most things should be outlawed. People who have good jobs and work quietly at them are lauded; others are viewed with suspicion.

The large, corrupt, moralistic government juggles the competing demands of Administration, Law & Order, and Defense. The average income tax rate is 63.9%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The powerhouse SwordandShield10ian economy, worth 365 trillion pesos a year, is fairly diversified and led by the Tourism industry, with major contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Trout Farming, and Book Publishing. Black market activity is extensive. State-owned companies are common. Average income is 91,191 pesos, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Army doctors who come under attack defend themselves by using stethoscopes like nunchaku, political gridlock ensues as even the most innocuous legislation is vetoed by the Supreme Court for potential civil rights violations, several citizens have complained about scientists abducting their pets for experimentation, and cotton candy made from genuine cotton cellulose doesn't quite satisfy. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. SwordandShield10's national animal is the fox, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

SwordandShield10 is ranked 148,780th in the world and 1,410th in Artificial Solar System for Smartest Citizens, with 26.92 quips per hour.

Most Secular: 7,015thMost Armed: 7,058thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 12,793rdTop
Most Patriotic: 16,395thLargest Black Market: 18,224thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 19,774thLargest Welfare Programs: 20,152ndMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 25,460thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 25,519thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 26,076th
Most Secular: 29th in the regionTop
Most Armed: 67th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 68th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 75th in the regionMost Patriotic: 105th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 113th in the regionMost Cultured: 131st in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 139th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 192nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 193rd in the regionLargest Governments: 196th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 200th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 206th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 238th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 239th in the regionTop
Lowest Crime Rates: 241st in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 245th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 251st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 267th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 270th in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 272nd in the regionMost Developed: 282nd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 283rd in the regionLargest Black Market: 284th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 292nd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 324th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 359th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 359th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 370th in the region

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