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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

Population3.359 billion

CapitalCareold

CurrencyHugs and Chewed Pencils
AnimalSnail

The Democratic Republic of Sharold is a massive, efficient nation, remarkable for its museums and concert halls, keen interest in outer space, and daily referendums. The compassionate, democratic population of 3.359 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 Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Careold. The average income tax rate is 79.5%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The powerhouse Carold economy, worth 292 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 Pizza Delivery. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is 87,072 Hugs and Chewed Pencils, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

High-income earners pay a 100% tax rate, inter-species marriages are ignored by the government, paranoid museum guards keep a lookout for any animated displays attempting to escape the premises after dark, and orphans would rather live their life of luxury than be adopted by prospective parents. 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 15,062nd in the world and 439th in the South Pacific for Most Cultured, scoring 93 on the Snufflebottom-Wiggendum Pentatonic Scale.

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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 2,328thLeast Corrupt Governments: 2,612thMost Influential: 3,445thSafest: 4,634thMost Pacifist: 4,828thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 5,304thMost Compassionate Citizens: 5,456thNicest Citizens: 5,636thLargest Welfare Programs: 5,656thBest Weather: 6,929thMost Inclusive: 7,321stMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 7,364thMost Beautiful Environments: 7,812thTop
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Most Cheerful Citizens: 8,582ndLargest Cheese Export Sector: 8,903rdMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 8,942ndMost Advanced Public Education: 9,018thLongest Average Lifespans: 9,123rdLargest Information Technology Sector: 9,193rdMost Advanced Public Transport: 11,671stHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 12,935thHighest Average Tax Rates: 13,151stMost Scientifically Advanced: 13,342ndSmartest Citizens: 14,370thMost Cultured: 15,062ndLowest Crime Rates: 15,561stHealthiest Citizens: 15,675th
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Least Corrupt Governments: 89th in the regionSafest: 140th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 142nd in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 158th in the regionMost Pacifist: 172nd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 186th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 197th in the regionNicest Citizens: 199th in the regionBest Weather: 218th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 238th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 250th in the regionMost Inclusive: 252nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 259th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 265th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 278th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 282nd in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 282nd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 291st in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 335th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 342nd in the regionTop
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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 374th in the regionMost Influential: 390th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 394th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 434th in the regionMost Cultured: 439th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 465th in the regionNudest: 478th in the regionMost Stationary: 492nd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 523rd in the regionMost Developed: 545th in the regionLargest Governments: 558th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 612th in the regionMost Secular: 646th in the regionLargest Populations: 656th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 693rd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Sharold changed its national demonym to "Caroldian", its demonym adjective to "Carold", and its demonym plural to "Carols".
  • : Following new legislation in Sharold, orphans would rather live their life of luxury than be adopted by prospective parents.
  • : Following new legislation in Sharold, paranoid museum guards keep a lookout for any animated displays attempting to escape the premises after dark.
  • : Following new legislation in Sharold, inter-species marriages are ignored by the government.
  • : Following new legislation in Sharold, high-income earners pay a 100% tax rate.
  • : Following new legislation in Sharold, alcoholism is the newest import from Dàguó.
  • : Sharold was endorsed by The Democratic Republic of Mapico.
  • : Sharold was endorsed by The Zombiefied Republic of Qawe.
  • : Sharold was endorsed by The Republic of Samogitija.
  • : Sharold was endorsed by The Republic of Direwolf1.

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