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The Fool King of Siburria


Category: Libertarian Police State
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Regional Influence: Dealmaker

Location: Solid Kingdom



Population17.155 billion


AnimalChess Set

The Fool King of Siburria is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Sib with an iron fist, and remarkable for its aversion to nipples, national health service, and punitive income tax rates. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 17.155 billion Chess Playerians are proud of their wide-ranging civil freedoms, and those who aren't tend to be dragged off the streets by men in dark suits and hustled into cars with tinted windows.

The medium-sized government is primarily concerned with Education, although Industry and Healthcare are also considered important, while Spirituality and International Aid receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Chesslandia. The average income tax rate is 62.2%.

The frighteningly efficient Siburrian economy, worth a remarkable 2,115 trillion Pawns a year, is quite specialized and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Book Publishing, and Furniture Restoration. Black market activity is rampant. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 123,335 Pawns, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 4.7 times as much as the poorest.

New arrivals are asked the location of the Minister of the Interior's birthmark, stealing from a clothesline is a serious offence, it is considered unpatriotic to learn a foreign language, and posters encourage people to "Just Do It!". Crime, especially youth-related, is moderate, with the police force struggling against a lack of funding and a high mortality rate. Siburria's national animal is the Chess Set, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Chess.

Siburria is ranked 105,437th in the world and 8th in Solid Kingdom for Largest Basket Weaving Sector, scoring 1,890.14 on the Hickory Productivity Index.

Most Cultured: 1,895thMost Advanced Public Education: 2,201stTop
Most Developed: 3,230thSmartest Citizens: 4,022ndLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 4,725thLargest Black Market: 5,364thLargest Information Technology Sector: 5,390thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 6,546thHighest Economic Output: 7,773rdMost Efficient Economies: 9,559thMost Secular: 10,316thMost Scientifically Advanced: 10,906thTop
Largest Populations: 12,229thMost Subsidized Industry: 12,353rdMost Armed: 12,748thMost Influential: 13,118thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 14,401stHealthiest Citizens: 14,798thMost Rebellious Youth: 15,655thMost Valuable International Artwork: 16,227thLargest Publishing Industry: 17,589thLongest Average Lifespans: 20,553rdHighest Average Incomes: 22,179thMost Beautiful Environments: 23,283rdRudest Citizens: 23,848th
Most Developed: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 1st in the regionMost Cultured: 1st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 1st in the region

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