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The Empire of Shema Mitzvah

“Stand Strong and Walk in Peace”

Category: Corrupt Dictatorship
Civil Rights:
Average
Economy:
Good
Political Freedoms:
Few

Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: the South Pacific

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Shema Mitzvah

Population992 million

CapitalTZION

CurrencyGold
AnimalLion

The Empire of Shema Mitzvah is a huge, orderly nation, remarkable for its museums and concert halls, public floggings, and stringent health and safety legislation. The cynical, devout population of 992 million Shema Mitzvahians are ruled with an iron fist by the dictatorship government, which ensures that no-one outside the party gets too rich. In their personal lives, however, citizens are relatively unoppressed; it remains to be seen whether this is because the government genuinely cares about its people, or if it hasn't gotten around to stamping out civil rights yet.

The enormous government juggles the competing demands of Spirituality, Law & Order, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of TZION. The average income tax rate is 74.4%.

The Shema Mitzvahian economy, worth 46.8 trillion Golds a year, is quite specialized and led by the Book Publishing industry, with significant contributions from Door-to-door Insurance Sales, Arms Manufacturing, and Furniture Restoration. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is 47,159 Golds, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 3.1 times as much as the poorest.

Election ballot papers are so long that unused ones are recycled as toilet roll, ministers are now allowed to put suggestions in the governmental suggestion box, children who display even minimal sporting aptitude are immediately assigned a personal trainer, and victims of crime are viewed as less trustworthy than politicians. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Shema Mitzvah's national animal is the Lion, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Shema Mitzvah is ranked 126,237th in the world and 5,123rd in the South Pacific for Lowest Overall Tax Burden, scoring -30.32 on the Hayek Index.

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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 2,063rdMost Influential: 4,958thMost Devout: 7,428thTop
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Best Weather: 13,747thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 14,096thMost Cheerful Citizens: 14,892nd
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Most Devout: 202nd in the regionTop
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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 334th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 355th in the regionBest Weather: 456th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 467th in the regionMost Influential: 471st in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 490th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 524th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 584th in the region

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