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The Commonwealth of Red Shades

“Our patience will achieve more than our force.”

Category: Psychotic Dictatorship
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Regional Influence: Superpower

Location: Philosophy 101


Red Shades

Population9.236 billion


The Commonwealth of Red Shades is a colossal, safe nation, notable for its restrictive gun laws and stringent health and safety legislation. The hard-nosed, cynical population of 9.236 billion Red Shadesians are ruled without fear or favor by a psychotic dictator, who outlaws just about everything and refers to the populace as "my little playthings."

The medium-sized, moralistic, socially-minded, well-organized government prioritizes Law & Order, although Defense, Healthcare, and Public Transport are also considered important. The average income tax rate is 30.8%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The sizeable but stagnant Red Shadesian economy, worth 33.9 trillion Dollars a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Cheese Exports industry, with major contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Woodchip Exports, and Tourism. Black market activity is notable. State-owned companies are common. Average income is 3,671 Dollars, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Red Shades's national animal is the owl, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

Red Shades is ranked 129,680th in the world and 3rd in Philosophy 101 for Fattest Citizens, with 9.63 Obesity Rate.

Most Authoritarian: 143rdMost Extreme: 205thMost Conservative: 213thMost Income Equality: 374thTop
Most Ignorant Citizens: 6,217th

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