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The Fair duchy of Shkolalia

“We overpower detruction” Socialist duke Hans III

Category: Democratic Socialists
Civil Rights:
Good
Economy:
Thriving
Political Freedoms:
Good

Regional Influence: Diplomat

Location: The United Council of Nations

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Shkolalia

Population1.717 billion

CapitalO'frit palace
LeaderSocialist duke Hans III
Faithsho sho

Currencysholalian digipound
Animalsholian angel peacock

The Fair duchy of Shkolalia is a massive, cultured nation, ruled by Socialist duke Hans III with an even hand, and notable for its digital currency, prohibition of alcohol, and punitive income tax rates. The compassionate, devout population of 1.717 billion Sholalians are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The enormous, socially-minded government juggles the competing demands of Administration, Education, and Environment. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of O'frit palace. The average income tax rate is 92.7%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The thriving Shkolalian economy, worth 182 trillion sholalian digipounds 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 Trout Farming and Book Publishing. Average income is an impressive 106,266 sholalian digipounds, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Nobody looks each other in the eye at neighborhood block parties any more, children crying over dropped ice creams are offered high doses of experimental antidepressants, gigantic marble churches take up almost half the land area of small villages, and government workers are more efficient and more unhappy than ever. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Shkolalia's national animal is the sholian angel peacock, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is sho sho.

Shkolalia is ranked 8,793rd in the world and 4th in The United Council of Nations for Least Corrupt Governments, with 94.52 Percentage Of Bribes Refused.

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Most Pacifist: 1,728thTop
5%
Most Compassionate Citizens: 2,239thSafest: 2,340thNicest Citizens: 2,568thMost Inclusive: 2,612thBest Weather: 3,014thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 3,947thLargest Welfare Programs: 4,460thHealthiest Citizens: 4,644thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 4,686thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 4,740thLowest Crime Rates: 4,753rdLongest Average Lifespans: 4,938thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 5,121stMost Beautiful Environments: 5,514thHighest Average Tax Rates: 6,153rdMost Advanced Public Education: 6,806thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 7,396thLeast Corrupt Governments: 8,793rdHighest Poor Incomes: 9,930thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 9,992ndHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 10,175thLargest Governments: 10,229thTop
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Smartest Citizens: 12,025thMost Income Equality: 12,281stLargest Information Technology Sector: 12,629thMost Cheerful Citizens: 15,799thMost Cultured: 15,985th
Top
5%
Largest Welfare Programs: 1st in the regionTop
10%
Most Pacifist: 2nd in the regionNicest Citizens: 2nd in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 2nd in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 2nd in the regionSafest: 2nd in the regionMost Income Equality: 2nd in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 2nd in the regionMost Inclusive: 3rd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 3rd in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 3rd in the regionBest Weather: 3rd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 3rd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 3rd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Shkolalia, government workers are more efficient and more unhappy than ever.
  • : Following new legislation in Shkolalia, gigantic marble churches take up almost half the land area of small villages.
  • : Following new legislation in Shkolalia, children crying over dropped ice creams are offered high doses of experimental antidepressants.
  • : Following new legislation in Shkolalia, nobody looks each other in the eye at neighborhood block parties any more.
  • : Following new legislation in Shkolalia, posh restaurants scatter glass fragments on the dining room floor to keep out barefoot undesirables.
  • : Following new legislation in Shkolalia, lawyers spend as much time preparing their make-up as they do their briefs.
  • : Following new legislation in Shkolalia, companies struggle to cover for the hordes of employees on parental leave.
  • : Following new legislation in Shkolalia, all statues and paintings of dogs are being destroyed to avoid offending cat-lovers.
  • : Shkolalia was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Governments.
  • : Following new legislation in Shkolalia, popular cartoon characters frequently appear in government-sponsored PSAs reminding students to say no to drugs.

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