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The Empire of The Great Shepherds

“Many, by One”

Category: Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
Civil Rights:
Good
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Very Good

Regional Influence: Page

Location: Lazarus

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The Great Shepherds

Population3.688 billion

CapitalBrenna
LeaderVincent Doggts

Currencyoren
Animalgerman shepherd

The Empire of The Great Shepherds is a massive, efficient nation, ruled by Vincent Doggts with an even hand, and notable for its complete lack of prisons, free-roaming dinosaurs, and devotion to social welfare. The compassionate, democratic population of 3.688 billion Great Shepherds 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 large government juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Environment. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Brenna. The average income tax rate is 83.3%.

The frighteningly efficient Great Shepherd economy, worth 517 trillion orens a year, is led by the Tourism industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing, Information Technology, and Trout Farming. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 140,269 orens, with the richest citizens earning 5.1 times as much as the poorest.

There's no representation without taxation, satellite images show safe electoral constituencies in complete darkness, newspapers are celebrating Vincent Doggts saving over a million cats from trees, and interest rates mysteriously drop whenever the CBGS Governor goes house hunting. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. The Great Shepherds's national animal is the german shepherd, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

The Great Shepherds is ranked 51,576th in the world and 2,094th in Lazarus for Largest Furniture Restoration Industry, scoring 2,701.64 on the Spitz-Pollish Productivity Index.

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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 3,237thLargest Publishing Industry: 3,604thMost Influential: 5,099thBest Weather: 5,173rdMost Cultured: 5,525thMost Beautiful Environments: 5,840thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 6,141stLongest Average Lifespans: 6,175thMost Developed: 6,385thHealthiest Citizens: 6,435thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 7,444thTop
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Most Advanced Public Transport: 8,665thMost Advanced Public Education: 9,412thLargest Welfare Programs: 9,475thSmartest Citizens: 9,661stLargest Governments: 10,594thHighest Average Tax Rates: 10,951stMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 11,283rdMost Scientifically Advanced: 12,119thNicest Citizens: 12,752ndLowest Crime Rates: 13,170thMost Compassionate Citizens: 13,285thMost Pacifist: 13,348thMost Cheerful Citizens: 13,471stMost Inclusive: 13,704thSafest: 14,226thMost Secular: 14,262ndHighest Average Incomes: 14,574thMost Efficient Economies: 15,287th
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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 141st in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 158th in the regionMost Influential: 167th in the regionBest Weather: 264th in the regionTop
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Most Cultured: 290th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 293rd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 310th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 317th in the regionMost Developed: 327th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 359th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 460th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 491st in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 559th in the region

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