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The Commonwealth of Shourhiel

“In Truth & Solidarity, Shourhiel Advances”

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

Regional Influence: Squire

Location: Teremara

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Shourhiel

Population336 million

CurrencyShourhiel-Rupee
AnimalShourhielian Hawk

The Commonwealth of Shourhiel is a huge, socially progressive nation, renowned for its state-planned economy and absence of drug laws. The democratic population of 336 million Shourhielians 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.

The medium-sized, liberal, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Welfare, Defense, and Healthcare. The average income tax rate is 36.4%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The sizeable but underdeveloped Shourhielian economy, worth 12.0 trillion Shourhiel-Rupees a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is a slick, highly efficient, fairly diversified black market in Tourism, Gambling, Beef-Based Agriculture, and Woodchip Exports. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is 35,752 Shourhiel-Rupees, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Shourhiel's national animal is the Shourhielian Hawk.

Shourhiel is ranked 113,185th in the world and 15th in Teremara for Lowest Crime Rates, with 61.88 Law-abiding Acts Per Hour.

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Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 14,482ndLeast Corrupt Governments: 15,128th
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Most Politically Free: 2nd in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 2nd in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 2nd in the region

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