by Max Barry

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Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 12,116thLargest Mining Sector: 17,347thLargest Retail Industry: 22,851st
The Protectorate of
Moralistic Democracy
Embrace The Flames
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Population509 million


The Protectorate of SwordandShield31 is a huge, safe nation, renowned for its free-roaming dinosaurs, compulsory vegetarianism, and state-planned economy. The hard-nosed population of 509 million SwordandShield31ians 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 medium-sized, moralistic government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Education, and Administration. The average income tax rate is 34.9%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The SwordandShield31ian economy, worth 20.5 trillion flames 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, quite specialized black market in Uranium Mining, Retail, Gambling, and Furniture Restoration. 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 40,267 flames, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.3 times as much as the poorest.

All writing must pass a censorship board before being allowed on the shelves, blue sky thinkers are reminded that the firmament is actually more of a grey-ish colour, ambulances aren't allowed to overtake hearses, and surfers ride tsunamis of record height and toxicity. Crime is almost non-existent, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. SwordandShield31's national animal is the fox, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

SwordandShield31 is ranked 211,284th in the world and 4th in New Ancapistan for Most Extreme, scoring 13.34 on the Paul-Nader Subjective Decentrality Index.

Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 12,116thTop
Largest Mining Sector: 17,347thLargest Retail Industry: 22,851st

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