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The Grand Duchy of Shkolalia

“We overpower detruction”

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

Regional Influence: Eminence Grise

Location: Tixlandia

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Shkolalia

Population377 million

CapitalO'frit palace

Currencysholalian digipound
Animalsholian angel peacock

The Grand Duchy of Shkolalia is a huge, genial nation, renowned for its smutty television, anti-smoking policies, and avant-garde cinema. The compassionate, democratic population of 377 million Sholalians are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The large, socially-minded government juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Environment. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of O'frit palace. The average income tax rate is 68.0%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The Shkolalian economy, worth 21.1 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 quite specialized, is mostly made up of the Trout Farming industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology, Cheese Exports, and Basket Weaving. Average income is 55,975 sholalian digipounds, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

A surprising number of police officers have been arrested for sholian angel peacock sacrifices, citizens are encouraged to report friends, family members or co-workers who seem depressed to the government for "counselling", maximum security fish farms leave caged salmon pining for the fjords, and dentists routinely perform open heart surgery. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable 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.

Shkolalia is ranked 70,907th in the world and 9th in Tixlandia for Largest Insurance Industry, scoring 1,251.99 on the Risk Expulsion Effectiveness Rating.

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Largest Trout Fishing Sector: 1,758thMost Pacifist: 7,275thMost Income Equality: 7,357thTop
10%
Nicest Citizens: 8,577thMost Compassionate Citizens: 8,944thMost Cheerful Citizens: 9,226thSafest: 9,497thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 11,607thBest Weather: 12,228thMost Inclusive: 12,671st
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Most Pacifist: 1st in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 1st in the regionBest Weather: 1st in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 1st in the regionMost Stationary: 1st in the regionMost Income Equality: 1st in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 1st in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 1st in the regionSafest: 1st in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 1st in the regionNicest Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 1st in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1st in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 1st in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Shkolalia was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Eco-Friendly Governments.
  • : Following new legislation in Shkolalia, dentists routinely perform open heart surgery.
  • : Following new legislation in Shkolalia, maximum security fish farms leave caged salmon pining for the fjords.
  • : Shkolalia lodged a message on the Tixlandia Regional Message Board.
  • : Following new legislation in Shkolalia, citizens are encouraged to report friends, family members or co-workers who seem depressed to the government for "counselling".
  • : Following new legislation in Shkolalia, a surprising number of police officers have been arrested for sholian angel peacock sacrifices.
  • : Following new legislation in Shkolalia, the seventh son of a seventh son is fated to be a millionaire.
  • : Following new legislation in Shkolalia, citizens are frequently searched for illegal weapons.
  • : Shkolalia was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Eco-Friendly Governments.
  • : Following new legislation in Shkolalia, male cubicle workers stand up every time a woman enters the room.

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