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.
Most Recent Government Activity:
- : SwordandShield5's influence in Artificial Solar System rose from "Zero" to "Shoeshiner".
- : SwordandShield5 relocated from Target Region 31 to Artificial Solar System.
- : SwordandShield5 applied to join the World Assembly.
- : SwordandShield5 resigned from the World Assembly.
- : SwordandShield5's influence in Target Region 31 rose from "Zero" to "Duckspeaker".
- : SwordandShield5 relocated from Artificial Solar System to Target Region 31.
- : SwordandShield5 relocated from Mormonism to Artificial Solar System.
- : SwordandShield5 relocated from Artificial Solar System to Mormonism.
- : SwordandShield5 was endorsed by The United States of Corvo-16.
- : SwordandShield5 endorsed The Republic of Tiffanys Theme.