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The Incorporated States of Maowese Sloths

“Free as a wild sloth”

Category: Liberal Democratic Socialists
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Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: Thaecia


Maowese Sloths

Population834 million


The Incorporated States of Maowese Sloths is a huge, environmentally stunning nation, notable for its state-planned economy, ban on automobiles, and devotion to social welfare. The compassionate, democratic population of 834 million Maowese Slothsians love a good election, and the government gives them plenty of them. Universities tend to be full of students debating the merits of various civil and political rights, while businesses are tightly regulated and the wealthy viewed with suspicion.

The government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked, socially-minded morass — juggles the competing demands of Education, Welfare, and Law & Order. The average income tax rate is 83.1%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The sizeable but stagnant Maowese Slothsian economy, worth 10.5 trillion toenails 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 led by the Book Publishing industry, with significant contributions from Uranium Mining, Soda Sales, and Beef-Based Agriculture. Average income is 12,546 toenails, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Geosynchronous satellites are now manned by unpaid interns, Amnesty Interregional has condemned Maowese Sloths for ignoring crimes against humanity, the nation's largest export is socialist agitators, and the ruling party has a devil of a time keeping order in the ranks. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Maowese Sloths's national animal is the sloth, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Maowese Sloths is ranked 146,351st in the world and 277th in Thaecia for Most Scientifically Advanced, scoring -11.09 on the Kurzweil Singularity Index.

Most Income Equality: 2,200thTop
Highest Average Tax Rates: 10,974thMost Pacifist: 14,499thLowest Crime Rates: 16,617th
Most Income Equality: 1st in the regionTop
Highest Average Tax Rates: 28th in the region

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