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The Scholarites of Shanlix

“Knowledge be thy instrument” the Daiamid

Category: Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
Civil Rights:
Very Good
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Average

Regional Influence: Dealmaker

Location: Philosophers

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Shanlix

Population1.685 billion

CapitalOld Shar-lo
Leaderthe Daiamid
FaithSajuuk

Currencylix
Animalowl

The Scholarites of Shanlix is a massive, safe nation, ruled by the Daiamid with an even hand, and remarkable for its museums and concert halls, irreverence towards religion, and punitive income tax rates. The compassionate, hard-working population of 1.685 billion Shanlixians have some civil rights, but not too many, enjoy the freedom to spend their money however they like, to a point, and take part in free and open elections, although not too often.

The medium-sized government juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Old Shar-lo. The average income tax rate is 52.3%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Shanlixian economy, worth 242 trillion lixes a year, is broadly diversified and dominated by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing, Tourism, and Retail. Average income is an impressive 143,991 lixes, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.4 times as much as the poorest.

Advert breaks are played at lower volumes to make them easier to ignore, the diplomatic corps tends to open negotiations by insulting all the foreigners in the room, a new Brasilistani government has become a daily report on the main evening news, and skateparks can be found in every city. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Shanlix's national animal is the owl, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies, and its national religion is Sajuuk.

Shanlix is ranked 209,523rd in the world and 55th in Philosophers for Largest Welfare Programs, scoring 323.52 on the Safety Net Mesh Density Rating.

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Most Valuable International Artwork: 5,115thMost Scientifically Advanced: 5,297thLargest Information Technology Sector: 5,382ndMost Influential: 6,475thLargest Publishing Industry: 6,853rdMost World Assembly Endorsements: 7,436thMost Compassionate Citizens: 8,515thNicest Citizens: 8,958thMost Developed: 9,488thMost Cultured: 9,523rdSmartest Citizens: 9,761stMost Secular: 10,100thHighest Food Quality: 10,311thHealthiest Citizens: 11,858thMost Inclusive: 12,044thTop
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Most Popular Tourist Destinations: 14,694thLongest Average Lifespans: 15,156thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 15,436thHighest Poor Incomes: 15,554thHighest Average Incomes: 16,897thHighest Disposable Incomes: 17,184thMost Efficient Economies: 17,919thMost Pacifist: 19,423rdMost Advanced Public Transport: 19,676thLargest Retail Industry: 19,755thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 20,589thLowest Crime Rates: 21,158thMost Advanced Public Education: 21,440thMost Average: 23,179th
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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 1st in the regionMost Influential: 1st in the regionTop
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Most Average: 4th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 5th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 6th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 6th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Shanlix, skateparks can be found in every city.
  • : Following new legislation in Shanlix, a new Brasilistani government has become a daily report on the main evening news.
  • : Following new legislation in Shanlix, the diplomatic corps tends to open negotiations by insulting all the foreigners in the room.
  • : Following new legislation in Shanlix, advert breaks are played at lower volumes to make them easier to ignore.
  • : Following new legislation in Shanlix, the nightly news reports prosaically on the government blindly throwing money at despotic kidnappers.
  • : Following new legislation in Shanlix, government popup ads are springing up like weeds.
  • : Shanlix was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Pacifist.
  • : Following new legislation in Shanlix, bizarre-looking creatures called 'owldogs' dominate wildlife preserves.
  • : Following new legislation in Shanlix, parking lots are littered with coffee cups and doughnut crumbs.
  • : Shanlix voted for the World Assembly Resolution "International Maxtopia Day".

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