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The Vasilissa Epítimos of Sho

“You can't kill me in a way that matters.”

Category: Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
Civil Rights:
Very Good
Economy:
Good
Political Freedoms:
Very Good

Regional Influence: Contender

Location: Thalassia

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Sho

Population3.869 billion

CapitalKouru
LeaderYa Boi
FaithShovinism

Currencyunit
AnimalMatamata

The Vasilissa Epítimos of Sho is a massive, safe nation, ruled by Ya Boi with an even hand, and remarkable for its irreverence towards religion, punitive income tax rates, and stringent health and safety legislation. The compassionate, democratic population of 3.869 billion Shoans have some civil rights, but not too many, enjoy the freedom to spend their money however they like, to a point, and take part in free and open elections, although not too often.

The government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked morass — juggles the competing demands of Education, Healthcare, and Welfare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Kouru. The average income tax rate is 82.7%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The Shoan economy, worth 126 trillion units a year, is highly specialized and mostly made up of the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology and Door-to-door Insurance Sales. Average income is 32,590 units, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Noises louder than a whisper have been prohibited by law, ten-year-olds regularly found their own political parties, the government seizes private property for the 'good of the people', and same-sex marriages are increasingly common. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Sho's national animal is the Matamata, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Shovinism.

Sho is ranked 227,330th in the world and 99th in Thalassia for Largest Cheese Export Sector, scoring -8.94 on the Mozzarella Productivity Index.

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Most Influential: 1,880thTop
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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 6,320thTop
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Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 13,180thHighest Average Tax Rates: 13,603rdBest Weather: 15,986thMost Beautiful Environments: 20,096thLargest Welfare Programs: 21,824thMost Advanced Public Education: 22,928thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 23,284th
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Most Influential: 2nd in the regionTop
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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 10th in the region

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