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The Free Land of Sjalmia

“Status Above Anything”

Category: Iron Fist Consumerists
Civil Rights:
Outlawed
Economy:
Very Strong
Political Freedoms:
Rare

Regional Influence: Minnow

Location: The North Pacific

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Sjalmia

Population1.115 billion

CapitalGrand Palatial City of Sjalmia

Currencygrain
Animalant

The Free Land of Sjalmia is a massive, orderly nation, renowned for its barren, inhospitable landscape, frequent executions, and irreverence towards religion. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical population of 1.115 billion Sjalmians are kept under strict control by the oppressive government, which measures its success by the nation's GDP and refers to individual citizens as "human resources."

The relatively small, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Grand Palatial City of Sjalmia. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 21.0%.

The very strong Sjalmian economy, worth 88.1 trillion grains a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology, Retail, and Uranium Mining. Black market activity is notable. Average income is 78,999 grains, with the richest citizens earning 7.8 times as much as the poorest.

9 out of 10 consumers think that vitamins can cure cancer, the well-to-do in The North Pacific are never on time for important appointments, chest pains are considered part of the dining experience in Sjalmian restaurants, and the nation's most "productive" diamond mine hasn't been operational for seven months. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Sjalmia's national animal is the ant, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

Sjalmia is ranked 165,934th in the world and 8,585th in The North Pacific for Most Devout, with 2.36 Prayers Per Hour.

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Most Secular: 2,942ndMost Conservative: 5,141stTop
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Highest Unexpected Death Rate: 9,649thMost Influential: 10,876thLargest Retail Industry: 14,085thFattest Citizens: 14,153rdLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 14,177thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 14,249th
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Most Secular: 139th in the regionMost Conservative: 288th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 331st in the regionTop
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Fattest Citizens: 519th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 591st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 640th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 747th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 763rd in the regionLargest Black Market: 777th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 781st in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 802nd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Sjalmia's influence in The North Pacific rose from "Zero" to "Minnow".
  • : Sjalmia was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Pizza Delivery Sector, Fattest Citizens, and Largest Retail Industry.
  • : Following new legislation in Sjalmia, the nation's most "productive" diamond mine hasn't been operational for seven months.
  • : Following new legislation in Sjalmia, chest pains are considered part of the dining experience in Sjalmian restaurants.
  • : Following new legislation in Sjalmia, the well-to-do in The North Pacific are never on time for important appointments.
  • : Sjalmia changed its national capital to "Grand Palatial City of Sjalmia".
  • : Sjalmia changed its national capital to "Palatial City of Sjalmia".
  • : Sjalmia changed its national capital to "Sjalmia Palatial City".
  • : Following new legislation in Sjalmia, 9 out of 10 consumers think that vitamins can cure cancer.
  • : Sjalmia altered its national flag.

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