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The Empire of Silism

“Uwu”

Category: Corrupt Dictatorship
Civil Rights:
Excellent
Economy:
Powerhouse
Political Freedoms:
Rare

Regional Influence: Duckspeaker

Location: Crassia

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Silism

Population1.792 billion

CurrencySheepcoin
AnimalSheep

The Empire of Silism is a massive, genial nation, notable for its frequent executions, infamous sell-swords, and punitive income tax rates. The compassionate, cynical population of 1.792 billion Silsmen are ruled with an iron fist by the dictatorship government, which ensures that no-one outside the party gets too rich. In their personal lives, however, citizens are relatively unoppressed; it remains to be seen whether this is because the government genuinely cares about its people, or if it hasn't gotten around to stamping out civil rights yet.

The enormous, socially-minded, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Education, Healthcare, and Welfare. The average income tax rate is 84.2%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The powerhouse Silismian economy, worth 163 trillion Sheepcoins a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is quite specialized, is led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Trout Farming, Uranium Mining, and Cheese Exports. Average income is 91,443 Sheepcoins, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The government has officially clarified that "wee on your hands to save time" does not count as proper hygiene, drunk drivers are sent to rehabilitation paid for by the government, the government defends a woman's right to choose, and pocket calculators are seen as status symbols for the ostentatiously wealthy. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Silism's national animal is the Sheep.

Silism is ranked 88,764th in the world and 20th in Crassia for Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector, scoring 1,311.17 on the Henry Ford Productivity Index.

Top
5%
Largest Trout Fishing Sector: 5,324thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 5,371stLargest Welfare Programs: 5,726thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 7,462ndMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 9,162ndMost Advanced Public Transport: 9,907thTop
10%
Highest Average Tax Rates: 11,305thMost Compassionate Citizens: 11,343rdHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 11,563rdNicest Citizens: 11,718thMost Pacifist: 11,999thMost Advanced Public Education: 12,649thLongest Average Lifespans: 13,921stMost Inclusive: 14,750thMost Scientifically Advanced: 15,228thLowest Crime Rates: 15,936thLargest Governments: 17,498thHighest Poor Incomes: 17,932ndHealthiest Citizens: 18,480thMost Income Equality: 19,252ndMost Subsidized Industry: 20,666th
Top
5%
Largest Trout Fishing Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 1st in the regionMost Pacifist: 1st in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 2nd in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 2nd in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 2nd in the regionNicest Citizens: 2nd in the regionTop
10%
Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 3rd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 3rd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 4th in the regionMost Inclusive: 4th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Silism's influence in Crassia rose from "Handshaker" to "Duckspeaker".
  • : Silism was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Advanced Public Transport and the Top 10% for Most Subsidized Industry.
  • : Following new legislation in Silism, pocket calculators are seen as status symbols for the ostentatiously wealthy.
  • : Following new legislation in Silism, the government defends a woman's right to choose.
  • : Silism's influence in Crassia fell from "Duckspeaker" to "Handshaker".
  • : Silism was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Income Equality.
  • : Silism was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Income Equality.
  • : Following new legislation in Silism, drunk drivers are sent to rehabilitation paid for by the government.
  • : Following new legislation in Silism, the government has officially clarified that "wee on your hands to save time" does not count as proper hygiene.
  • : Silism's influence in Crassia rose from "Handshaker" to "Duckspeaker".

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