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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 3,617th Most Devout: 4,327th Most Subsidized Industry: 6,640th
The Socialist Republic of
Father Knows Best State
Nunc pugnare Aut hodie
Influence
Superpower
Second in Command
Civil Rights
Very Good
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Few

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The Central Shadow Nation

Population8.545 billion

CapitalRidora
LeaderPresident Yuri Pyutonov
FaithChristianity

CurrencySnake Coin
AnimalSea Snake

The Socialist Republic of The Central Shadow Nation is a colossal, orderly nation, ruled by President Yuri Pyutonov with an iron fist, and notable for its ritual sacrifices, avant-garde cinema, and devotion to social welfare. The compassionate, cynical, devout population of 8.545 billion Shadownians 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 enormous, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Education, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Ridora. The average income tax rate is 89.2%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Shadownian economy, worth a remarkable 1,033 trillion Snake Coins a year, is quite specialized and led by the Tourism industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Arms Manufacturing, and Trout Farming. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 120,902 Snake Coins, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

There is a growing belief that consciousness is a simulated illusion within a computer-generated reality, many junior high school teachers minor in midwifery, the once prosperous capital is in utter decline, and in life full of care there is no time to stop and stare. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. The Central Shadow Nation's national animal is the Sea Snake, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Christianity.

The Central Shadow Nation is ranked 11,667th in the world and 2nd in The International Assembly of Nations for Most Efficient Economies, scoring 99.77 on the Krugman-Greenspan Business Outlook Index.

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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 3,617thMost Devout: 4,327thMost Subsidized Industry: 6,640thMost Developed: 7,232ndMost Advanced Public Transport: 7,504thMost Beautiful Environments: 7,911thLongest Average Lifespans: 8,139thTop
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Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 8,525thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 8,758thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 8,860thBest Weather: 9,004thHighest Average Tax Rates: 9,012thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 9,288thMost Cultured: 9,566thMost Compassionate Citizens: 9,971stMost Rebellious Youth: 10,372ndMost Advanced Public Education: 11,040thHealthiest Citizens: 11,171stLargest Governments: 11,217thHighest Poor Incomes: 11,466thMost Efficient Economies: 11,667thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 11,687thNicest Citizens: 12,025thHighest Economic Output: 12,308thLowest Crime Rates: 12,953rdMost Scientifically Advanced: 14,802ndLargest Information Technology Sector: 15,348th

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