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The Dominion of Shimbonil

“Keep your feet on the ground.”

Category: Civil Rights Lovefest
Civil Rights:
Political Freedoms:

Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: Balder



Population10.642 billion

CapitalShimbonil City


The Dominion of Shimbonil is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Leader with a fair hand, and remarkable for its smutty television, keen interest in outer space, and unlimited-speed roads. The democratic population of 10.642 billion Shimbonilians hold their civil and political rights very dear, although the wealthy and those in business tend to be viewed with suspicion.

The government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked, outspoken morass — juggles the competing demands of Education, Healthcare, and Welfare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Shimbonil City. The average income tax rate is 92.5%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The powerhouse Shimbonilian economy, worth 990 trillion hammers a year, is highly specialized and mostly made up of the Tourism industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing and Information Technology. Average income is 93,095 hammers, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Children gain their first sex education from reading the dictionary, the wearing and manufacture of fur apparel is banned, sexually-starved male dinosaurs terrorise tourists during weekly breakouts from Mesozoic Park, and collisions between bicycles and carnival floats are on the rise. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Shimbonil's national animal is the badger, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Shimbonil is ranked 23,284th in the world and 1,290th in Balder for Most Pacifist, with 116.41 Cheeks Turned Per Day.

Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 1,382ndTop
Largest Welfare Programs: 3,066thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 3,795thMost Advanced Public Transport: 4,049thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 5,758thHighest Average Tax Rates: 6,099thMost Politically Free: 6,799thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 7,687thTop
Most Rebellious Youth: 7,818thMost Advanced Public Education: 8,154thMost Beautiful Environments: 9,024thBest Weather: 10,031stMost Subsidized Industry: 10,403rdMost World Assembly Endorsements: 10,893rdLongest Average Lifespans: 11,341stLargest Governments: 11,707thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 11,990thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 13,058thHighest Economic Output: 14,565thSmartest Citizens: 15,261st
Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 77th in the regionMost Politically Free: 102nd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 151st in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 163rd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 190th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 262nd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 301st in the regionTop
Highest Average Tax Rates: 345th in the regionMost Stationary: 404th in the regionMost Influential: 405th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 428th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 436th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 455th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 495th in the regionLargest Populations: 523rd in the regionBest Weather: 531st in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 604th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Shimbonil was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Smartest Citizens.
  • : Shimbonil was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Politically Apathetic Citizens.
  • : Shimbonil was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Highest Foreign Aid Spending.
  • : Shimbonil was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Advanced Public Education.
  • : Shimbonil was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Nudest.
  • : Shimbonil was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Rebellious Youth.
  • : Shimbonil's influence in Balder rose from "Sprat" to "Shoeshiner".
  • : Shimbonil was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Nudest.
  • : Shimbonil's influence in Balder fell from "Shoeshiner" to "Sprat".
  • : Shimbonil's influence in Balder rose from "Sprat" to "Shoeshiner".


World Assembly

Endorsements Received: 2 » North East Somerset and Onder Kelkia.

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