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Largest Black Market: 2,154th Most Subsidized Industry: 3,099th Most Stationary: 4,780th
The Peace and Quiet of
Father Knows Best State
Under the boardwalk
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Eminence Grise
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The Peace and Quiet of The Silver Strand is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Lord Silver with an iron fist, and remarkable for its multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, anti-smoking policies, and compulsory gun ownership. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless, devout population of 12.009 billion Silver Strandians 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 Industry, Education, and Defense. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Strandingham. The average income tax rate is 69.6%.

The frighteningly efficient Silver Strandian economy, worth a remarkable 1,156 trillion Silver Crosses a year, is dominated by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Woodchip Exports, Furniture Restoration, and Automobile Manufacturing. Black market activity is rampant. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is 96,339 Silver Crosses, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 4.2 times as much as the poorest.

The roads are notorious throughout the region for their peril, muscular women are banned from competing in sporting competitions, a niche industry catering to S&M enthusiasts has sprung up, and punitive tariffs protect local industry. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. The Silver Strand's national animal is the lobster, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to heavy metals seepage into national waterways, and its national religion is The Silver Peace.

The Silver Strand is ranked 109,505th in the world and 5th in Former United States for Most Extreme, scoring 12.05 on the Paul-Nader Subjective Decentrality Index.

Largest Black Market: 2,154thMost Subsidized Industry: 3,099thMost Stationary: 4,780thTop
Most Armed: 7,671stHighest Economic Output: 8,788thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 9,323rdLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 9,390thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 9,663rdMost Influential: 9,666thLargest Populations: 9,765thMost Corrupt Governments: 10,104thMost Efficient Economies: 10,697thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 10,728thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 10,889thMost Devout: 11,440thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 12,810thMost Advanced Public Education: 13,166thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 14,588th

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