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The Commonwealth of Shoila

“Hinc itur ad astra”

Category: Civil Rights Lovefest
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Regional Influence: Duckspeaker

Location: Thaecia



Population2.805 billion

LeaderThe President


The Commonwealth of Shoila is a massive, safe nation, ruled by The President with a fair hand, and notable for its flagrant waste-dumping, keen interest in outer space, and complete lack of prisons. The compassionate, democratic population of 2.805 billion Shoilians hold their civil and political rights very dear, although the wealthy and those in business tend to be viewed with suspicion.

The medium-sized, liberal, outspoken government prioritizes Education, with Administration, Healthcare, and Industry also on the agenda, while Spirituality isn't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Antaburra. The average income tax rate is 61.5%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Shoilian economy, worth 346 trillion Shols a year, is fairly diversified and led by the Tourism industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Book Publishing, and Retail. Black market activity is frequent. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 123,556 Shols, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

'The Anti-Government Hour' is a popular programme on many of Shoila's radio stations, elections have become procedural nightmares due to voters persistently rejecting candidates, racial and religious segregation has become rife as the various groups are loath to mingle, and the government is avowedly secular. Crime is totally unknown. Shoila's national animal is the Serval, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Godsinia.

Shoila is ranked 189,108th in the world and 195th in Thaecia for Lowest Overall Tax Burden, scoring -25.35 on the Hayek Index.

Most Influential: 1,974thTop
Most Valuable International Artwork: 2,503rdMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3,895thMost Rebellious Youth: 4,835thRudest Citizens: 6,141stLargest Publishing Industry: 6,895thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 7,823rdLargest Retail Industry: 9,329thTop
Most Inclusive: 11,487thHighest Poor Incomes: 12,693rdMost Cultured: 13,130thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 13,750thSmartest Citizens: 14,023rdMost Advanced Public Education: 15,576thMost Politically Free: 15,833rdMost Developed: 16,099thMost Beautiful Environments: 16,516thMost Extensive Civil Rights: 17,788thLargest Black Market: 18,049thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 18,840thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 18,906thMost Scientifically Advanced: 19,508thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 19,578thMost Compassionate Citizens: 19,878thNicest Citizens: 20,147thLargest Welfare Programs: 20,998thHighest Average Incomes: 21,278thLargest Information Technology Sector: 21,530th
Most Politically Free: 3rd in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 6th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 6th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 9th in the regionMost Influential: 9th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 12th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 13th in the regionTop
Largest Soda Pop Sector: 15th in the regionRudest Citizens: 18th in the regionMost Stationary: 19th in the regionLargest Black Market: 20th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 24th in the regionMost Extreme: 27th in the region

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