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The Neo-Paradise of Shantan

“Shantan Am Byth”

Category: Democratic Socialists
Civil Rights:
Very Good
Economy:
Powerhouse
Political Freedoms:
Excellent

Regional Influence: Squire

Location: The East Pacific

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Shantan

Population1.701 billion

CapitalCaerhaloth
LeaderArchon Draig
FaithDerwyddon

Currencychin-yen
AnimalChimera

The Neo-Paradise of Shantan is a massive, efficient nation, ruled by Archon Draig with an even hand, and renowned for its museums and concert halls, daily referendums, and punitive income tax rates. The compassionate, democratic population of 1.701 billion Shantanians are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The large government juggles the competing demands of Education, Welfare, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Caerhaloth. The average income tax rate is 77.4%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The powerhouse Shantanian economy, worth 166 trillion chin-yens a year, is quite specialized and led by the Trout Farming industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Book Publishing, and Retail. State-owned companies are common. Average income is 98,047 chin-yens, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The government has declined to declare any particular religion as its 'official' one, billions of chin-yens are being poured into a space program, saying "don't do anything that Archon Draig wouldn't do" doesn't exclude a great deal, and would-be emigrants are told "abandon all hope all ye who would exit here". Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Shantan's national animal is the Chimera, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Derwyddon.

Shantan is ranked 38,665th in the world and 777th in The East Pacific for Most Stationary, with 291.36701491388 Days.

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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 1,252ndTop
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Most Influential: 1,696thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 2,997thSafest: 5,388thLargest Welfare Programs: 6,271stLeast Corrupt Governments: 6,874thNicest Citizens: 7,103rdMost Compassionate Citizens: 7,150thLargest Publishing Industry: 7,640thTop
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Most Cheerful Citizens: 8,796thMost Inclusive: 8,882ndMost Pacifist: 9,156thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 13,131stMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 13,491stMost Cultured: 13,551stMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 13,938thSmartest Citizens: 14,143rdMost Advanced Public Education: 14,328thNudest: 14,730thLongest Average Lifespans: 14,742ndLowest Crime Rates: 14,789thHighest Average Tax Rates: 14,837thMost Beautiful Environments: 14,945th
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Most Influential: 95th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 101st in the regionSafest: 136th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 142nd in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 166th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 182nd in the regionNicest Citizens: 196th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 201st in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 201st in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 211th in the regionMost Inclusive: 254th in the regionNudest: 258th in the regionMost Pacifist: 264th in the regionTop
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Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 319th in the regionMost Cultured: 324th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 343rd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 355th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 361st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 375th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 380th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 381st in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 398th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 404th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 408th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 422nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 424th in the regionLargest Governments: 440th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 510th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 546th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 555th in the regionBest Weather: 583rd in the regionMost Developed: 587th in the regionMost Secular: 590th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 590th in the region

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