by Max Barry

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The City and District of Shurdington

“The High Hills for a Refuge”

Category: Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
Civil Rights:
Political Freedoms:
Below Average

Regional Influence: Superpower

Location: The Localist Alliance



Population1.55 billion

CapitalSaint Claire
LeaderPrince George
Faiththe Church of Shurdington


The City and District of Shurdington is a massive, efficient nation, ruled by Prince George with an even hand, and renowned for its museums and concert halls, ban on automobiles, and complete lack of prisons. The compassionate, hard-working, devout population of 1.55 billion Shurdingtonians 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 medium-sized government juggles the competing demands of Environment, Education, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Saint Claire. The average income tax rate is 33.5%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The powerhouse Shurdingtonian economy, worth 105 trillion pounds a year, is quite specialized and mostly made up of the Tourism industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing, Basket Weaving, and Beef-Based Agriculture. Average income is 68,353 pounds, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.4 times as much as the poorest.

Tourists are duped into trimming hedges for the horsy-set, genetic research is temporarily tied up in government red tape, criminals and college students are taking an interest in the government's new weed-killing program, and pregnant hitchhikers with signs requesting rides to "competent care" are a common sight on Shurdingtonian roads. Crime is totally unknown. Shurdington's national animal is the dove, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies, and its national religion is the Church of Shurdington.

Shurdington is ranked 236,697th in the world and 15th in The Localist Alliance for Largest Information Technology Sector, scoring -17.94 on the Fann-Boi Productivity Index.

Most Primitive: 1,582ndTop
Most Devout: 3,388thMost Cultured: 3,896thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 4,969thLeast Corrupt Governments: 7,456thMost Beautiful Environments: 9,084thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 10,463rdMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 11,593rdTop
Best Weather: 18,436thMost Rebellious Youth: 19,010thMost Average: 22,001st
Most Primitive: 1st in the regionMost Stationary: 1st in the regionMost Average: 1st in the region

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