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The Queen's State of Sayres

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Category: Capitalist Paradise
Civil Rights:
Very Good
Political Freedoms:

Regional Influence: Hegemony

Location: Uganda



Population25.484 billion

CapitalCapital Heights


The Queen's State of Sayres is a gargantuan, efficient nation, renowned for its barren, inhospitable landscape. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic population of 25.484 billion Sayresians are either ruled by a sleek, efficient government or a conglomerate of multinational corporations; it's difficult to tell which.

The relatively small government juggles the competing demands of Education, Welfare, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Capital Heights. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 9.5%.

The thriving Sayresian economy, worth a remarkable 1,106 trillion betales a year, is quite specialized and led by the Retail industry, with major contributions from Book Publishing, Automobile Manufacturing, and Arms Manufacturing. Average income is 43,418 betales, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 125,745 per year while the poor average 11,880, a ratio of 10.6 to 1.

Child labor has been outlawed, citizens are allowed to rise or fall based on their own merits, students are known to arrive at school in their pyjamas, and Sayres has designated Capital Heights as its capital city. Crime, especially youth-related, is a problem, with the police force struggling against a lack of funding and a high mortality rate. Sayres's national animal is the deer, which can occasionally be seen sifting through garbage in the nation's cities.

Sayres is ranked 143,154th in the world and 8th in Uganda for Most Scientifically Advanced, scoring 9.49 on the Kurzweil Singularity Index.

Most Stationary: 781stTop
Largest Populations: 2,995thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 6,575thTop
Most Influential: 10,378thLargest Retail Industry: 11,634thHighest Economic Output: 13,067thLargest Publishing Industry: 16,092nd

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