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The Republic of Shaol

“You Can't Stop Progress”

Category: Iron Fist Socialists
Civil Rights:
Excellent
Economy:
Reasonable
Political Freedoms:
Few

Regional Influence: Minnow

Location: The North Pacific

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Shaol

Population285 million

Currencyflorin
Animalwolf

The Republic of Shaol is a huge, orderly nation, notable for its state-planned economy and irreverence towards religion. The compassionate, cynical population of 285 million Shaolians are ruled with an iron fist by the socialist government, which grants its people the freedom to do whatever they like so long as it doesn't involve getting richer than anybody else or challenging the government.

The medium-sized government juggles the competing demands of Education, Healthcare, and Defense. The average income tax rate is 41.3%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The sizeable but inefficient Shaolian economy, worth 13.3 trillion florins a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is fairly diversified, is led by the Beef-Based Agriculture industry, with significant contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Cheese Exports, and Tourism. Average income is 46,607 florins, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Bemused citizens are encouraged to sing foreign-language hymns of religions they have never heard of, Shaolian police have to pay out of their own pockets for bulletproof vests, annulments are on the rise as couples discover their ancestors were born in the same hospitals, and the nation doesn't need to go to war in order to acquire new territory. Crime is totally unknown. Shaol's national animal is the wolf, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Shaol is ranked 111,739th in the world and 5,942nd in The North Pacific for Most Scientifically Advanced, scoring 49.86 on the Kurzweil Singularity Index.

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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 1,835thMost Influential: 7,352ndTop
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Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 10,161stLargest Agricultural Sector: 12,320th
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Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 468th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 691st in the region

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