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The Forest of Shirakahn

“Life Comes From-The Sun-Comes From The Tree”

Category: Left-wing Utopia
Civil Rights:
Excellent
Economy:
Fair
Political Freedoms:
Excellent

Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: Lazarus

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Shirakahn

Population22.68 billion

Currencyhappiness of all
Animalfreedom

The Forest of Shirakahn is a gargantuan, socially progressive nation, notable for its daily referendums, digital currency, and keen interest in outer space. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 22.68 billion Shirakahnians are free to do what they want with their own bodies, and vote for whomever they like in elections; if they go into business, however, they are regulated to within an inch of their lives.

It is difficult to tell where the omnipresent government stops and the rest of society begins, but it prioritizes Education, with Environment, Social Policy, and Healthcare also on the agenda, while Defense and Spirituality are ignored. The income tax rate is 100%.

The enormous but inefficient Shirakahnian economy, worth a remarkable 2,086 trillion happinesses of all a year, is driven almost entirely by government activity. The industrial sector, which is extremely specialized, is mostly made up of the Book Publishing industry, with significant contributions from Cheese Exports. Average income is 91,976 happinesses of all, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Escalators are avoided at all costs, a government program is underway to revitalize Shirakahn's beaches, pro-wrestling bouts open with a legal disclaimer insisting that any violence is guaranteed 100% faked, and badminton was recently banned due to 'unacceptable violence' inherent to the game. Crime is totally unknown. Shirakahn's national animal is the freedom, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Shirakahn is ranked 15,936th in the world and 971st in Lazarus for Most Scientifically Advanced, scoring 286.55 on the Kurzweil Singularity Index.

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Most Cheerful Citizens: 49thNicest Citizens: 67thMost Compassionate Citizens: 85thLeast Corrupt Governments: 104thBest Weather: 124thMost Pacifist: 129thMost Beautiful Environments: 152ndLongest Average Lifespans: 198thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 199thMost Cultured: 253rdMost Rebellious Youth: 258thHealthiest Citizens: 352ndMost Advanced Public Education: 361stSafest: 637thMost Inclusive: 681stMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 715thHighest Average Tax Rates: 808thSmartest Citizens: 814thLargest Governments: 1,200thMost Advanced Public Transport: 1,349thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 1,583rdTop
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Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 2,491stMost Secular: 3,485thLargest Populations: 3,965thHighest Economic Output: 5,856thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 6,855thTop
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Lowest Crime Rates: 8,890thMost Influential: 9,096thNudest: 14,019thMost Scientifically Advanced: 15,936th
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Most Cheerful Citizens: 1st in the regionNicest Citizens: 2nd in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 2nd in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 2nd in the regionMost Pacifist: 3rd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 4th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 6th in the regionBest Weather: 6th in the regionMost Cultured: 7th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 9th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 9th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 15th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 15th in the regionMost Inclusive: 17th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 23rd in the regionSafest: 32nd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 36th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 41st in the regionLargest Governments: 54th in the regionTop
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Most Advanced Public Transport: 79th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 91st in the regionLargest Populations: 115th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 134th in the regionMost Secular: 182nd in the regionMost Influential: 219th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 257th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 276th in the regionTop
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Lowest Crime Rates: 569th in the regionNudest: 591st in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Shirakahn, badminton was recently banned due to 'unacceptable violence' inherent to the game.
  • : Following new legislation in Shirakahn, pro-wrestling bouts open with a legal disclaimer insisting that any violence is guaranteed 100% faked.
  • : Shirakahn was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Nudest.
  • : Following new legislation in Shirakahn, a government program is underway to revitalize Shirakahn's beaches.
  • : Following new legislation in Shirakahn, escalators are avoided at all costs.
  • : Following new legislation in Shirakahn, the new national mascot has to be wheeled onto the field of play.
  • : Following new legislation in Shirakahn, people who tease dwarfs are being cut down to size.
  • : Following new legislation in Shirakahn, banana distribution among collective farm workers is an important topic in public discourse.
  • : Following new legislation in Shirakahn, graverobbers claim they're acting within the interest of 'scientific preservation'.
  • : Following new legislation in Shirakahn, the tools of the trade for landmine clearance appear to be copious amounts of gasoline and a box of matches.

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Endorsements Received: 9 » Treadwellia, New Rogernomics, Loftegen 2, Makdon, Denado, Vri, The Sigometh Dynasty, Shangri-La Valley, and Erlyia.

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