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The Democratic Republic of Sharold

“At least we arenít the Roman Empire”

Category: Civil Rights Lovefest
Civil Rights:
Superb
Economy:
Powerhouse
Political Freedoms:
Superb

Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: the South Pacific

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Sharold

Population5.12 billion

CapitalCareold

CurrencyHugs and Chewed Pencils
AnimalSnail

The Democratic Republic of Sharold is a colossal, genial nation, renowned for its daily referendums, keen interest in outer space, and digital currency. The compassionate, democratic population of 5.12 billion Carols hold their civil and political rights very dear, although the wealthy and those in business tend to be viewed with suspicion.

The enormous, liberal government juggles the competing demands of Education, Environment, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Careold. The average income tax rate is 82.9%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The powerhouse Carold economy, worth 471 trillion Hugs and Chewed Pencils a year, is highly specialized and mostly made up of the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Cheese Exports and Book Publishing. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is 92,147 Hugs and Chewed Pencils, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Social networking sites have discussion groups devoted to planning terrorist attacks, students are wary of colorfully decorated new teachers with names like Professor Pipsqueak, evenings at university debating societies often end with everyone acknowledging both sides may well be right, and artists from across the nation compete to renovate the restrooms of old government buildings. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Sharold's national animal is the Snail, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Sharold is ranked 170,726th in the world and 6,377th in the South Pacific for Fattest Citizens, with 8.14 Obesity Rate.

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Least Corrupt Governments: 2,459thMost Influential: 2,744thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2,768thMost Pacifist: 4,248thSafest: 4,398thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 4,885thLargest Welfare Programs: 5,646thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 5,839thMost Compassionate Citizens: 5,868thNicest Citizens: 6,005thBest Weather: 6,287thMost Beautiful Environments: 6,810thMost Inclusive: 7,406thMost Advanced Public Education: 7,629thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 8,012thLargest Information Technology Sector: 8,666thMost Cheerful Citizens: 8,907thTop
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Longest Average Lifespans: 11,032ndMost Scientifically Advanced: 12,100thHighest Average Tax Rates: 12,112thSmartest Citizens: 12,549thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 12,916thMost Advanced Public Transport: 12,956thMost Cultured: 12,986thHealthiest Citizens: 14,371stLowest Crime Rates: 14,786thLargest Governments: 18,924thMost Stationary: 19,946th
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Least Corrupt Governments: 89th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 140th in the regionSafest: 152nd in the regionMost Pacifist: 153rd in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 161st in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 184th in the regionBest Weather: 193rd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 208th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 212th in the regionNicest Citizens: 213th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 238th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 249th in the regionMost Inclusive: 258th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 258th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 272nd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 346th in the regionMost Influential: 346th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 351st in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 357th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 357th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 363rd in the regionMost Cultured: 369th in the regionMost Stationary: 382nd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 382nd in the regionTop
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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 415th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 429th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 457th in the regionLargest Populations: 542nd in the regionLargest Governments: 547th in the regionNudest: 553rd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 603rd in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 635th in the regionMost Developed: 638th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 687th in the regionMost Secular: 761st in the region

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