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The Serene Paragon of Saint Shepard

“Unity In Diversity”

Category: Civil Rights Lovefest
Civil Rights:
Superb
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Excellent

Regional Influence: Squire

Location: The Communist Bloc

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Saint Shepard

Population2.288 billion

CapitalSaint Citadel
LeaderMadame President

Currencydollar
Animalcobra

The Serene Paragon of Saint Shepard is a massive, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Madame President with a fair hand, and remarkable for its compulsory military service, smutty television, and multi-spousal wedding ceremonies. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 2.288 billion Paragons hold their civil and political rights very dear, although the wealthy and those in business tend to be viewed with suspicion.

The enormous government juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Welfare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Saint Citadel. The average income tax rate is 95.6%.

The frighteningly efficient Paragon economy, worth 341 trillion dollars a year, is quite specialized and mostly made up of the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Tourism, Book Publishing, and Retail. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 149,221 dollars, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.5 times as much as the poorest.

Toy versions of heroin paraphernalia let kids pretend to be their favourite TV characters, many marriages go virtually unconsummated, citizens are strongly encouraged to breathe less so as to limit the carbon footprint, and even religious militants can be swayed by the power of #love. Crime is totally unknown. Saint Shepard's national animal is the cobra, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Saint Shepard is ranked 216,784th in the world and 891st in The Communist Bloc for Lowest Overall Tax Burden, scoring -388.87 on the Hayek Index.

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Most Valuable International Artwork: 365thLargest Welfare Programs: 1,260thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 2,119thTop
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Most Inclusive: 2,461stNicest Citizens: 2,604thMost Compassionate Citizens: 2,644thMost Advanced Public Transport: 3,256thMost Cheerful Citizens: 3,346thMost Pacifist: 3,818thLongest Average Lifespans: 3,966thHighest Average Tax Rates: 4,259thMost Subsidized Industry: 4,472ndHealthiest Citizens: 4,572ndMost Advanced Public Education: 4,610thMost Influential: 4,863rdMost Developed: 5,038thMost Efficient Economies: 5,052ndHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 5,064thLargest Governments: 5,463rdMost World Assembly Endorsements: 5,922ndLargest Information Technology Sector: 6,119thMost Scientifically Advanced: 6,154thRudest Citizens: 6,251stBest Weather: 7,064thSmartest Citizens: 7,184thLeast Corrupt Governments: 7,369thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 7,455thMost Cultured: 7,788thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 8,461stMost Rebellious Youth: 8,795thMost Beautiful Environments: 9,329thSafest: 10,124thTop
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Lowest Crime Rates: 11,377thHighest Poor Incomes: 13,037thHighest Average Incomes: 13,698thHighest Drug Use: 20,817th
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Most Valuable International Artwork: 2nd in the regionTop
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Rudest Citizens: 28th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 34th in the regionTop
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Most Cheerful Citizens: 53rd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 58th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 59th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 60th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 60th in the regionNicest Citizens: 61st in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 64th in the regionMost Inclusive: 72nd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 73rd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 75th in the regionMost Pacifist: 76th in the regionMost Influential: 76th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 79th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 80th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 82nd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 84th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 88th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 94th in the regionLargest Governments: 96th in the regionMost Developed: 97th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Saint Shepard, even religious militants can be swayed by the power of #love.
  • : Following new legislation in Saint Shepard, citizens are strongly encouraged to breathe less so as to limit the carbon footprint.
  • : Following new legislation in Saint Shepard, many marriages go virtually unconsummated.
  • : Following new legislation in Saint Shepard, toy versions of heroin paraphernalia let kids pretend to be their favourite TV characters.
  • : Following new legislation in Saint Shepard, genocide is seen as a topic best avoided in history lessons.
  • : Following new legislation in Saint Shepard, the Ministry of Health has reported a sharp increase in the incidence of delayed menopause.
  • : Following new legislation in Saint Shepard, business owners return from long vacations to find their factories have been turned into homeless shelters.
  • : Saint Shepard voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Condemn Ever-Wandering Souls".
  • : Following new legislation in Saint Shepard, when shaking hands with foreign leaders Madame President wears an armoured gauntlet.
  • : Following new legislation in Saint Shepard, bemused citizens are encouraged to sing foreign-language hymns of religions they have never heard of.

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