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The Peaceful Conglomerate of Shiftierier

“Group hugs are now mandatory, at noon each day” Supreme Shifter

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

Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: The North Pacific



Population6.558 billion

LeaderSupreme Shifter


The Peaceful Conglomerate of Shiftierier is a colossal, genial nation, ruled by Supreme Shifter with a fair hand, and notable for its multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, daily referendums, and digital currency. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 6.558 billion Shifties 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 enormous, socially-minded government juggles the competing demands of Education, Environment, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Shift-Key. The average income tax rate is 96.0%.

The all-consuming Shiftie economy, worth 818 trillion Fish a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is highly specialized, is mostly made up of the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing. Average income is an impressive 124,811 Fish, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Moonshine has made a resurgence, some people will do literally anything to be in the spotlight, posters on 'Shiftie Values' advise against being proud of Shiftierier, and daring to agree with another politician is grounds for instant dismissal. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Shiftierier's national animal is the HE-Grenade, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Fishing.

Shiftierier is ranked 1,083rd in the world and 748th in The North Pacific for Most World Assembly Endorsements, with 142 Valid Endorsements.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 1,083rdMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1,188thMost Influential: 1,484thTop
Most Pacifist: 1,899thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 2,351stMost Advanced Public Education: 2,429thNicest Citizens: 2,472ndMost Compassionate Citizens: 2,527thBest Weather: 2,566thSafest: 2,611thMost Advanced Public Transport: 2,684thMost Beautiful Environments: 2,731stLargest Welfare Programs: 2,759thMost Inclusive: 2,834thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 2,902ndLeast Corrupt Governments: 3,019thMost Cheerful Citizens: 3,181stLongest Average Lifespans: 3,563rdHighest Average Tax Rates: 3,605thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 3,616thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 3,863rdLowest Crime Rates: 4,805thMost Cultured: 5,161stLargest Information Technology Sector: 5,743rdLargest Governments: 5,764thMost Rebellious Youth: 6,342ndHealthiest Citizens: 6,621stMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 6,690thHighest Poor Incomes: 7,416thTop
Smartest Citizens: 7,545thMost Scientifically Advanced: 8,730thMost Developed: 9,307thMost Income Equality: 13,275thNudest: 13,491stMost Subsidized Industry: 14,653rd
Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 60th in the regionTop
Most Advanced Public Transport: 105th in the regionMost Pacifist: 107th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 115th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 121st in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 141st in the regionSafest: 144th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 144th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 152nd in the regionNicest Citizens: 152nd in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 156th in the regionBest Weather: 160th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 164th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 168th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 174th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 177th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 177th in the regionMost Inclusive: 189th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 214th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 238th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 260th in the regionMost Cultured: 262nd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 270th in the regionLargest Governments: 282nd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 339th in the regionTop
Healthiest Citizens: 376th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 398th in the regionNudest: 438th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 444th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 499th in the regionMost Developed: 554th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 558th in the regionLargest Populations: 600th in the regionMost Influential: 608th in the regionMost Income Equality: 688th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 717th in the region

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World Assembly

Endorsements Received: 142 » Notyoutopia, Shin-Hachioji, Empy, Territorio di Nessuno, Siwale, Yaorozu, Shibutani, Municipality of Baria and Vungtau, Koda-Land, Sundred, Ethnon, Kwaj, Corfad, Q w e r t y, Maott, Universal State Formula, Selfgradatude, Frances Francis the First of France, United Draconia, Zeternia, Sunto, Buckerino, The United States of Romania, PlanetPunk, Atain, Malta Comino Gozo, Wineclaw, Moubarakistan, Shadowrik, Holy Oranz, Sil Dorsett, Suicidistan, Former English Colony, Pallaith, Xentherida, El Fiji Grande, Guslantis, American MapleStory, Diodone, Sacrento, Dar es Saalam, Wilkshire, Kobagia, The Iron Lions, The Rhein States, Yukti, The Most Freedom Ever, Great Bights Mum, Valhalla123, New Bremerton, and 92 others.New Pruessen, Cinnibar, Spartoptia, SORT, General COE, Sinelona, Californian Redwood, Vincone Cae, North Bratislava, Kasazzastan, Cloydicia, Highton Islands, Napnomadia, Sheldanada, Bearical, Unsophisticate, Niradans, Omnistria, Hong Kong Empire, Black Templares, Lunallian, Dreadton, The Pantheons, Ninjak30, Amauri, Outer Egorniand, Federation Terra Australis, Eri-Maqa-Ena, The Windmilluminati, Pasargad, Alunya, Ainsworth, Ozstan, Steraz, The Sinclarian Provinces, Guer Aike, Votak Matim, Egalico, Tappan Hills, Solmetria, Joodey, Jasminlandia, Torakuen, Ara Antrizuls, Novare Res, Ibiscaton, Saturns Edge, Zemnaya Svoboda, Steampunk Ariel, Plangainer, Trillius, Tsardom of Leonlandia, Ecronentia, Marijuana Haven, Unimaginable Doom, Ejhsa, Liberum Mundi, Victoriaans Nederlands, Apetopia, Lomjia, Nakayo, 1 very fast endotarter, Bananoonza, Ikea Rike, Free Azzaca, Aratani, Destructive Government Endorsing System, Haor Chall, Noahs Second Country, Castle Federation, Rynion, Test for a new hope, Elder Realms, The Black Cathedral, Loutsland, GRANDE IMPERIO ORIENTAL PAGAO EUDUARDO, Constantinolia, Justanistan, Loli County, Zumlandia, Samog, Xzavia-Hjar, Glurponia, Orado, Utopicican, Runeda, Alsace and Lorraine United, Daiz, Princely Irbis, Juggernautilus, The Tampa Bay Rays, and Sockmanland.

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