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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: Eminence Grise

Location: Bee World


Maowese Sloths

Population2.039 billion

CapitalBradypus Town
LeaderVladimir Slothin


The Incorporated States of Maowese Sloths is a massive, safe nation, ruled by Vladimir Slothin with a fair hand, and renowned for its state-planned economy, devotion to social welfare, and stringent health and safety legislation. The compassionate, democratic population of 2.039 billion 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, outspoken morass — juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Welfare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Bradypus Town. The average income tax rate is 83.4%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The sizeable but stagnant Maowese Slothsian economy, worth 26.3 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 Uranium Mining industry, with major contributions from Book Publishing, Soda Sales, and Beef-Based Agriculture. Average income is 12,921 toenails, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

One tree's worth of paperwork accompanies each imported log of timber, groups of government workers are declared protected tribes if they venture too deep into the Capitol, all government facilities are built in the subterranean citadel of Bradypus Town, and even the most lowly council pen-pusher has the same political power as a senior minister. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded 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 174,492nd in the world and 5th in Bee World for Most Developed, scoring 49.89 on the Human Development Index.

Most Income Equality: 2,340thTop
Highest Average Tax Rates: 11,619thLowest Crime Rates: 17,152ndSafest: 17,921stMost Secular: 20,155th

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