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The Union of Soviet States of Slaytania

“If it ain't broke break it.”

Category: Psychotic Dictatorship
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Regional Influence: Vassal

Location: 10000 Islands



Population20.466 billion

CapitalSouth of Heaven

AnimalHouse Giraffe

The Union of Soviet States of Slaytania is a gargantuan, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Stalinovich with an iron fist, and remarkable for its museums and concert halls, digital currency, and compulsory military service. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 20.466 billion Slaytanians are ruled without fear or favor by a psychotic dictator, who outlaws just about everything and refers to the populace as "my little playthings."

The medium-sized, corrupt, moralistic, socially-minded, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Education, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of South of Heaven. The average income tax rate is 99.9%.

The frighteningly efficient Slaytanian economy, worth an astonishing 13,139 trillion Strummers 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 an enormous, deeply entrenched, broadly diversified black market in Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, Book Publishing, and Retail. 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 a breathtaking 642,027 Strummers, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Fruit market traders let their stock spoil rather than reduce their prices at the day's end, the government enforces a policy of 'from each according to their ability, to each according to the available budget', it turns out that money can buy you happiness, and paralegals spend all day Hewlett-Packing attorneys' law briefs. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Slaytania's national animal is the House Giraffe, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Stalinism.

Slaytania is ranked 151st in the world and 5th in 10000 Islands for Largest Publishing Industry, scoring 60,835.17 on the Bella Potter Productivity e-Index.

Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 36thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 42ndHighest Poor Incomes: 44thLargest Black Market: 60thMost Corrupt Governments: 68thMost Influential: 73rdLargest Insurance Industry: 105thMost Subsidized Industry: 115thMost Advanced Public Education: 116thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 129thHighest Average Incomes: 132ndMost Secular: 132ndLargest Agricultural Sector: 142ndLargest Publishing Industry: 151stLowest Crime Rates: 255thSmartest Citizens: 321stMost Efficient Economies: 337thHighest Economic Output: 337thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 407thMost Developed: 439thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 475thLongest Average Lifespans: 486thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 516thLargest Governments: 525thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 533rdMost Scientifically Advanced: 756thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 892ndLargest Retail Industry: 997thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 999thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1,093rdLargest Information Technology Sector: 1,156thHighest Average Tax Rates: 1,171stHealthiest Citizens: 1,782ndMost Beautiful Environments: 1,880thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1,980thMost Cultured: 2,477thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2,500thMost Stationary: 2,521stMost Patriotic: 2,730thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 2,747thTop
Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 3,699thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 3,795thLargest Mining Sector: 5,413thMost Authoritarian: 7,424thHighest Food Quality: 9,258thMost Conservative: 9,490thLargest Populations: 10,394thTop
Most Income Equality: 23,081stLargest Soda Pop Sector: 24,954th
Largest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 2nd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 2nd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 2nd in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 2nd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 3rd in the regionLargest Black Market: 3rd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 4th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 4th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 4th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 5th in the regionMost Secular: 5th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 6th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 6th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 7th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 7th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 7th in the regionLargest Governments: 8th in the regionMost Developed: 8th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 9th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 10th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 10th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 12th in the regionTop
Most Influential: 15th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 18th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 19th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 22nd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 25th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 26th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 31st in the regionMost Patriotic: 32nd in the regionMost Stationary: 32nd in the regionMost Authoritarian: 33rd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 42nd in the regionMost Conservative: 43rd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 43rd in the regionMost Cultured: 44th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 44th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 51st in the regionMost Extreme: 52nd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 56th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 57th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 60th in the regionTop
Largest Populations: 102nd in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 133rd in the regionMost Income Equality: 143rd in the region

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