by Max Barry

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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 1,210th Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 1,302nd Most Advanced Defense Forces: 2,993rd
The Sultanate of
Father Knows Best State
Tomorrow the snow will melt and the plains will emerge.
Regional Influence
Squire
Civil Rights
Some
Economy
All-Consuming
Political Freedom
Rare

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The Sultanate of Syrakhstan is a colossal, efficient nation, ruled by Ayatollah Mahdavi with an iron fist, and remarkable for its daily referendums, state-planned economy, and flagrant waste-dumping. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 8.736 billion Syrakhstanis are ruled by a mostly-benevolent dictator, who grants the populace the freedom to live their own lives but watches carefully for anyone to slip up.

The government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked, corrupt, well-organized morass — juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Asgabhad. The average income tax rate is 96.2%.

The all-consuming Syrakhstanian economy, worth a remarkable 1,080 trillion Shahis a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is quite specialized, is mostly made up of the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Uranium Mining, Information Technology, and Trout Farming. Average income is an impressive 123,730 Shahis, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 439,710 per year while the poor average 25,084, a ratio of 17.5 to 1.

It is illegal for police officers to carry out searches due to strict privacy laws, mantis shrimp studies is academia's fastest growing field, politicians constantly ring their voters to remind them how good a job they're doing, and conscientious objectors are hanged as traitors. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Syrakhstan's national animal is the Persian Leopard, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Islam.

Syrakhstan is ranked 26,217th in the world and 2nd in Schleift Bjorn for Most Efficient Economies, scoring 96.14 on the Krugman-Greenspan Business Outlook Index.

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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 1,210thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 1,302ndTop
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Most Advanced Defense Forces: 2,993rdHighest Average Tax Rates: 3,567thLowest Crime Rates: 4,347thLargest Governments: 4,621stMost Advanced Public Transport: 5,029thMost Devout: 5,417thMost Corrupt Governments: 6,559thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 6,591stTop
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Most Subsidized Industry: 8,128thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 8,479thHighest Economic Output: 9,604thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 10,005thSafest: 10,134thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 10,244thLargest Mining Sector: 10,793rdMost Advanced Public Education: 14,470th
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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1st in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 1st in the regionLargest Governments: 1st in the regionMost Devout: 1st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 1st in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 1st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 1st in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 1st in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 1st in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 2nd in the regionMost Inclusive: 2nd in the regionSafest: 2nd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Developed: 2nd in the regionTop
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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 3rd in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 4th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 4th in the regionLargest Populations: 8th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 8th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 8th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 10th in the regionTop
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Smartest Citizens: 19th in the region

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