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The Community of Shayan

“Hakuna Matata”

Category: Liberal Democratic Socialists
Civil Rights:
Very Good
Political Freedoms:

Regional Influence: Sprat

Location: The North Pacific



Population574 million

CapitalShayan City


The Community of Shayan is a huge, genial nation, notable for its smutty television, irreverence towards religion, and punitive income tax rates. The compassionate, democratic population of 574 million Shayanis love a good election, and the government gives them plenty of them. Universities tend to be full of students debating the merits of various civil and political rights, while businesses are tightly regulated and the wealthy viewed with suspicion.

The large, socially-minded, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Education, Welfare, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Shayan City. The average income tax rate is 60.8%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The sizeable but inefficient Shayani economy, worth 27.8 trillion Dinars a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector is led by the Tourism industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Book Publishing, and Pizza Delivery. Average income is 48,516 Dinars, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Beating a dead horse is a scientific endeavor, international tensions are high as Shayan threatens any government with the audacity to arrest its citizens, science centers and state of the art laboratories are ubiquitous, and census workers struggle to account for the rapidly increasing number of citizens to tabulate. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Shayan's national animal is the Warthog, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Shayan is ranked 114,196th in the world and 5,567th in The North Pacific for Lowest Overall Tax Burden, scoring 3.84 on the Hayek Index.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 1,424thTop
Most Influential: 4,226thTop
Most Pacifist: 10,147thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 10,335thLargest Welfare Programs: 12,992ndHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 13,209thSafest: 14,900thMost Inclusive: 15,092nd
Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 405th in the regionMost Pacifist: 556th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 584th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 623rd in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 734th in the region

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World Assembly

Endorsements Received: 114 » Corfad, Alunya, El Fiji Grande, Sinelona, Shibutani, Territorio di Nessuno, Shin-Hachioji, The Rhein States, Loutsland, Elder Realms, Acrabinnia, Wilkshire, Great Bights Mum, Trillius, Yaorozu, Tsardom of Leonlandia, Sundred, Koda-Land, Sunto, PlanetPunk, Fayyayid, Black Templares, Venezuelia, Omnistria, Dar es Saalam, Kanlidia, Sheldanada, Destructive Government Endorsing System, Kwaj, United States of Americanas, Notyoutopia, Former English Colony, Eri-Maqa-Ena, Siwale, Constantinolia, The Most Freedom Ever, Spartoptia, Aratani, Napnomadia, Shadowrik, ZimRobwe, Viridiann, Dreadton, 1 very fast endotarter, Zokk, Ethnon, Test for a new hope, Torakuen, GRANDE IMPERIO ORIENTAL PAGAO EUDUARDO, Federation Terra Australis, and 64 others.New Bremerton, Selfgradatude, Glurponia, Holy Oranz, Valhalla123, Jasminlandia, Frances Francis the First of France, Steampunk Ariel, North Bratislava, Joodey, Free Azzaca, Sil Dorsett, Neo Colorado, Wineclaw, Lomjia, Guer Aike, Kobagia, Kasazzastan, Zumlandia, Felpolandia, Partax, Steraz, Egalico, Xzavia-Hjar, Haor Chall, Bearical, Moisus, Great Javadwipa, Penrith, Vincone Cae, Utopicican, Runeda, Daiz, Princely Irbis, Juggernautilus, Maott, Ostrolia, Sockmanland, Amauri, The Tampa Bay Rays, Makersaulache, Lunallian, Duerrlewang, Victoriaans Nederlands, Some Random TNP Nation, New Octicarg, Grimandia, Cuyan, Quebekistand, McMasterdonia, General COE, Frie Annium, Pallaith, Orven, Guslantis, U S Eh, The Stratosphere Islands, The Notorious Mad Jack, Ponantine, Racoda, Great Robertia, Newpromisedland, Nakayo, and Pasargad.

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