by Max Barry

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Most Devout: 6,409thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 6,427thMost Advanced Public Transport: 11,655th
The Islamic Republic of
Psychotic Dictatorship Fascist Dictatorship
Inshallah, freedom or death!
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Population9.953 billion

FaithTwelver Shia


The Islamic Republic of Sahuria is a colossal, orderly nation, remarkable for its compulsory military service, national health service, and avowedly heterosexual populace. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless, devout population of 9.953 billion Sahurians 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 enormous government juggles the competing demands of Law & Order, Defense, and Spirituality. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of al-Qaitabh. The average income tax rate is 72.5%.

The thriving Sahurian economy, worth 758 trillion Sáhlels a year, is quite specialized and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Beef-Based Agriculture, and Uranium Mining. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is 76,218 Sáhlels, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 4.3 times as much as the poorest.

The endangered saltwater humpback Antelope is only seen in captivity programs, the constant playing of Merry Birthday on Sahurian radio has led to calls for the song to be classified as a crime against humanity, the last thing Sahurian soldiers hear before charging into battle is a preacher trying to convert them, and fine dining is just too fine for most of the populace. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Sahuria's national animal is the Antelope, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is Twelver Shia.

Sahuria is ranked 195,291st in the world and 164th in Greater Middle East for Lowest Overall Tax Burden, scoring -41.81 on the Hayek Index.

Most Devout: 6,409thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 6,427thTop
Most Advanced Public Transport: 11,655thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 11,927thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 16,235thSafest: 17,631stLowest Crime Rates: 20,214th
Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 3rd in the regionMost Devout: 4th in the regionLargest Populations: 6th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 6th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 6th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 8th in the regionTop
Safest: 9th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 10th in the regionMost Influential: 10th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 10th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 10th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 11th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 12th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 13th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 14th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 16th in the regionLargest Governments: 16th in the regionMost Stationary: 16th in the region

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