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The Free Empire of Shaunborough

“We are Free!” Shaun Andrews

Category: Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
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Regional Influence: Squire

Location: Lazarus



Population7.872 billion

LeaderShaun Andrews
FaithUnited Protestant


The Free Empire of Shaunborough is a colossal, efficient nation, ruled by Shaun Andrews with an even hand, and notable for its ubiquitous missile silos, irreverence towards religion, and hatred of cheese. The hard-nosed, hard-working, humorless population of 7.872 billion Shaunboroughians have some civil rights, but not too many, enjoy the freedom to spend their money however they like, to a point, and take part in free and open elections, although not too often.

The enormous, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Hexvycombe. The average income tax rate is 96.9%.

The frighteningly efficient Shaunboroughian economy, worth a remarkable 1,197 trillion Marks a year, is quite specialized and mostly made up of the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology and Uranium Mining. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 152,169 Marks, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 3.5 times as much as the poorest.

Player-submitted issues are printed just so they can be burned by [violet] (Shaunborough has found 2 easter eggs), victims of crime are viewed as less trustworthy than politicians, Shaun Andrews's speeches are beloved by insomniacs, and signs at the border tell international drivers where they can put their cars. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Shaunborough's national animal is the Eagle, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies, and its national religion is United Protestant.

Shaunborough is ranked 3,034th in the world and 75th in Lazarus for Most Influential, scoring 29,661 on the Soft Power Disbursement Rating.

Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 364thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1,038thLowest Crime Rates: 1,547thTop
Most Advanced Public Transport: 2,518thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2,766thMost Influential: 3,034thHighest Average Tax Rates: 3,112thMost Corrupt Governments: 3,570thLargest Governments: 3,646thSafest: 4,445thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 4,671stMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 5,537thMost Subsidized Industry: 5,641stLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 6,315thLongest Average Lifespans: 7,176thMost Developed: 7,599thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 8,797thHealthiest Citizens: 9,854thMost Efficient Economies: 10,066thMost Secular: 10,178thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 10,328thTop
Most Advanced Public Education: 11,252ndHighest Average Incomes: 13,061stSmartest Citizens: 13,675thHighest Economic Output: 14,078thMost Scientifically Advanced: 16,914thHighest Poor Incomes: 18,077thLargest Mining Sector: 20,000thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 20,745th
Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 20th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 57th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 58th in the regionMost Influential: 75th in the regionTop
Lowest Crime Rates: 86th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 163rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 171st in the regionLargest Governments: 178th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 196th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 217th in the regionSafest: 237th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 252nd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 294th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 331st in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 387th in the regionTop
Most Developed: 395th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 463rd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 493rd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 544th in the regionMost Secular: 567th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 567th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 597th in the regionRudest Citizens: 716th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 726th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 727th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 767th in the region

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