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The Nakedness of Sheelberite

“It's getting hot in here, so take off all your clothes.” Walter J Peabody III

Category: Authoritarian Democracy
Civil Rights:
Few
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Average

Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: The East Pacific

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Sheelberite

Population4.706 billion

CapitalBloodyoath
LeaderWalter J Peabody III
FaithPantheism

Currencydollarydoo
AnimalFlamin' Codswallop

The Nakedness of Sheelberite is a massive, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Walter J Peabody III with an even hand, and notable for its deadly medical pandemics, rampant corporate plagiarism, and ban on automobiles. The hard-nosed, humorless population of 4.706 billion Sheelberites are prohibited from doing almost everything except voting, which they do timidly and conservatively.

The large, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Law & Order. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Bloodyoath. The average income tax rate is 66.7%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Sheelberitean economy, worth 737 trillion dollarydoos a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is an enormous, deeply entrenched, highly specialized black market in Tourism, Basket Weaving, and Book Publishing. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is an impressive 156,757 dollarydoos, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The government only invests in infrastructure after a natural disaster, no one is worried about government policies any more, unpackaged foodstuffs rot on store shelves, and animal liberationists receive government funding to break into animal research labs. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Sheelberite's national animal is the Flamin' Codswallop, which frolics freely in the nation's sparkling oceans, and its national religion is Pantheism.

Sheelberite is ranked 223,424th in the world and 8,957th in The East Pacific for Largest Gambling Industry, scoring -18.7 on the Kelly Criterion Productivity Index.

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Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 1,432ndTop
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Nudest: 2,507thLargest Black Market: 2,517thMost Advanced Public Education: 2,978thMost Primitive: 3,212thMost Beautiful Environments: 3,503rdMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 3,660thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 4,293rdRudest Citizens: 4,298thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 4,731stMost Corrupt Governments: 4,805thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 6,811thMost Influential: 8,061stHighest Poor Incomes: 8,401stMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 8,982ndBest Weather: 10,327thTop
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Most Cultured: 12,177thHighest Average Incomes: 12,182ndMost Secular: 17,004thMost Stationary: 21,666th
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Largest Black Market: 44th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 50th in the regionNudest: 76th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 77th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 85th in the regionTop
5%
Highest Unexpected Death Rate: 101st in the regionRudest Citizens: 114th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 116th in the regionMost Primitive: 152nd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 158th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 163rd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 252nd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 268th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 304th in the regionMost Cultured: 310th in the regionBest Weather: 328th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 341st in the regionMost Stationary: 400th in the regionTop
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Most Influential: 492nd in the regionMost Secular: 575th in the regionLargest Populations: 653rd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 688th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 730th in the regionLargest Governments: 786th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 862nd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 891st in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Sheelberite, animal liberationists receive government funding to break into animal research labs.
  • : Sheelberite was endorsed by The Disconcerting Deputy of Flying Snow.
  • : Following new legislation in Sheelberite, unpackaged foodstuffs rot on store shelves.
  • : Following new legislation in Sheelberite, no one is worried about government policies any more.
  • : Following new legislation in Sheelberite, the government only invests in infrastructure after a natural disaster.
  • : Following new legislation in Sheelberite, the Coast Guard is pioneering a quixotic program to train fish.
  • : Following new legislation in Sheelberite, children fear compulsory visits to their spiritual advisors more than the dentist.
  • : Following new legislation in Sheelberite, legislators work 24/7 due to an influx of single-issue bills.
  • : Sheelberite was reclassified from "Moralistic Democracy" to "Authoritarian Democracy".
  • : Sheelberite was reclassified from "Authoritarian Democracy" to "Moralistic Democracy".

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