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The Principality of The Seven Shed Skins

“Liberty, Equality, Eternity”

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

Regional Influence: Hatchling

Location: Lazarus

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The Seven Shed Skins

Population1.55 billion

CapitalNeapol Slithering
LeaderCrown Prince

Currencylight-hour
Animalsnake

The Principality of The Seven Shed Skins is a massive, socially progressive nation, ruled by Crown Prince with an iron fist, and remarkable for its state-planned economy, punitive income tax rates, and devotion to social welfare. The compassionate, cynical, devout population of 1.55 billion Seven Shed Skinsians 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 large, corrupt, socially-minded, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Social Policy. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Neapol Slithering. The average income tax rate is 91.6%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Seven Shed Skinsian economy, worth 228 trillion light-hours a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector is dominated by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Tourism, Trout Farming, and Retail. Average income is an impressive 147,157 light-hours, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Even doll houses and dog kennels have to be able to withstand rigorous earthquake testing, excited shovel-bearing geeks wander the countryside, refugees from other nations are flocking to The Seven Shed Skins's border, and stealing from a clothesline is a serious offence. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. The Seven Shed Skins's national animal is the snake, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

The Seven Shed Skins is ranked 180,162nd in the world and 6,904th in Lazarus for Most Pro-Market, scoring -76.22 on the Rand Index.

Top
5%
Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2,420thMost Pacifist: 2,737thMost Devout: 3,580thMost Inclusive: 3,809thHighest Poor Incomes: 4,952ndMost Scientifically Advanced: 5,094thLargest Information Technology Sector: 5,356thMost Advanced Public Education: 5,638thNicest Citizens: 5,669thMost Compassionate Citizens: 5,673rdMost Developed: 5,890thLowest Crime Rates: 6,434thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 6,527thMost Cheerful Citizens: 6,941stHighest Average Tax Rates: 6,967thLargest Governments: 7,522ndMost Advanced Public Transport: 8,012thSmartest Citizens: 8,113thMost Corrupt Governments: 8,692ndLargest Welfare Programs: 8,721stMost Cultured: 9,905thTop
10%
Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 10,470thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 11,999thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 12,754thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 13,249thHighest Average Incomes: 14,090thHighest Drug Use: 14,365thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 14,510thLongest Average Lifespans: 15,305thMost Income Equality: 16,637thMost Subsidized Industry: 19,269th
Top
5%
Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 117th in the regionMost Pacifist: 122nd in the regionMost Inclusive: 161st in the regionMost Devout: 185th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 250th in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 251st in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 252nd in the regionNicest Citizens: 254th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 255th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 267th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 273rd in the regionMost Developed: 293rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 305th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 374th in the regionTop
10%
Lowest Crime Rates: 387th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 405th in the regionLargest Governments: 410th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 428th in the regionMost Income Equality: 473rd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 475th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 525th in the regionMost Cultured: 558th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 571st in the regionNudest: 592nd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 609th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 695th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 755th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : The Seven Shed Skins's influence in Lazarus rose from "Unproven" to "Hatchling".
  • : The Seven Shed Skins's influence in Lazarus rose from "Zero" to "Unproven".
  • : The Seven Shed Skins was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Welfare Programs, Most Cultured, and Most Extensive Public Healthcare and the Top 10% for Most Efficient Economies and Most Subsidized Industry.
  • : Following new legislation in The Seven Shed Skins, stealing from a clothesline is a serious offence.
  • : Following new legislation in The Seven Shed Skins, refugees from other nations are flocking to The Seven Shed Skins's border.
  • : Following new legislation in The Seven Shed Skins, excited shovel-bearing geeks wander the countryside.
  • : Following new legislation in The Seven Shed Skins, even doll houses and dog kennels have to be able to withstand rigorous earthquake testing.
  • : Following new legislation in The Seven Shed Skins, artists from across the nation compete to renovate the restrooms of old government buildings.
  • : The Seven Shed Skins was refounded in Lazarus.
  • : The Seven Shed Skins ceased to exist in The North Pacific.

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