by Max Barry

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Largest Furniture Restoration Industry: 5,196thMost Valuable International Artwork: 10,561stLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 10,794th
The Thedian Protectorate of
Psychotic Dictatorship
From Many, One
Civil Rights
Political Freedom
Unheard Of

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Population2.043 billion


The Thedian Protectorate of SwordandShield5 is a massive, efficient nation, remarkable for its unlimited-speed roads, state-planned economy, and suspicion of poets. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless, devout population of 2.043 billion SwordandShield5ians are ruled without fear or favor by a psychotic dictator, who outlaws just about everything and refers to the populace as "my little playthings."

The large, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Law & Order, Industry, and Administration. The average income tax rate is 50.8%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The powerhouse SwordandShield5ian economy, worth 137 trillion deniers 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 black market in Furniture Restoration, Woodchip Exports, Retail, and Tourism. 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 67,125 deniers, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

It is a common belief that a sport isn't sport if there are no decapitations, a signed affidavit from a prominent anti-corruption advocate declares that he is in fact a crook after all, road signs are getting harder to read under layers of knitted woolen cardigans, and politicians accepting drinks in bars are executed for taking bribes. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. SwordandShield5's national animal is the dolphin, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to heavy metals seepage into national waterways.

SwordandShield5 is ranked 47,603rd in the world and 526th in Artificial Solar System for Most Advanced Public Education, scoring 3,316.28 on the Edu-tellignce® Test Score.

Largest Furniture Restoration Industry: 5,196thMost Valuable International Artwork: 10,561stLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 10,794thTop
Most Authoritarian: 15,455thMost Ignorant Citizens: 17,316thMost Patriotic: 17,528thLargest Black Market: 18,066thMost Pacifist: 20,258th
Largest Furniture Restoration Industry: 43rd in the regionTop
Most Valuable International Artwork: 55th in the regionMost Pacifist: 129th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 202nd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 202nd in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 237th in the regionTop
Most Patriotic: 257th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 310th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 315th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 322nd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 343rd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 431st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 438th in the regionNudest: 457th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 459th in the regionMost Extreme: 463rd in the regionLargest Black Market: 469th in the region

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