by Max Barry

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The Republic of Shanzie

“United in Peace”

Category: Democratic Socialists
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Regional Influence: Zero

Location: The Western Isles



Population1.524 billion


The Republic of Shanzie is a massive, genial nation, renowned for its state-planned economy, enslaved workforce, and punitive income tax rates. The compassionate, democratic, devout population of 1.524 billion Shanzieans are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked, socially-minded morass — juggles the competing demands of Education, Spirituality, and Healthcare. The average income tax rate is 80.8%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The sizeable but sluggish Shanziean economy, worth 31.3 trillion Dollars a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is a slick, highly efficient, highly specialized black market in Pizza Delivery, Arms Manufacturing, and Door-to-door Insurance Sales. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is 20,547 Dollars, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.1 times as much as the poorest.

People accuse the government of being in bed with Big Safety, internet moderators work overtime to remove memes comparing Leader to cartoon bears, election ballot papers are so long that unused ones are recycled as toilet roll, and road signs are getting harder to read under layers of knitted woolen cardigans. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Shanzie's national animal is the Eagle, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

Shanzie is ranked 39,570th in the world and 102nd in The Western Isles for Most Popular Tourist Destinations, with 1,132.6 Tourists Per Hour.

Most Armed: 9,185thTop
Least Corrupt Governments: 11,417thMost Devout: 13,794thHighest Average Tax Rates: 13,970thMost Influential: 19,107thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 21,376th

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