by Max Barry

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Most Primitive: 51stMost Ignorant Citizens: 530thMost Devout: 624th
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Population15.506 billion

LeaderAlsa II
FaithShalotte Pantheon


The Royal Isles of Shalotte is a gargantuan, genial nation, ruled by Alsa II with an even hand, and renowned for its fear of technology, lack of airports, and state-planned economy. The compassionate, cheerful, devout population of 15.506 billion Shalottes are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked morass — juggles the competing demands of Spirituality, Environment, and Welfare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Alauna. The average income tax rate is 85.0%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The sizeable but stagnant Shalotte economy, worth 55.4 trillion barters a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is extremely specialized, is mostly made up of the Basket Weaving industry, with significant contributions from Furniture Restoration. Average income is 3,574 barters, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.4 times as much as the poorest.

Exceptionally healthy police officers can sprint after crooks for hours on end, Shalotte police have to pay out of their own pockets for bulletproof vests, it's considered a civil right to be allowed to neglect and mistreat your own children, and meetings are often scheduled for "about four-ish" following complete conversion to sundials. Crime is a serious problem, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. Shalotte's national animal is the puffin, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Shalotte Pantheon.

Shalotte is ranked 204,801st in the world and 445th in Forest for Largest Insurance Industry, scoring -36.73 on the Risk Expulsion Effectiveness Rating.

Most Primitive: 51stMost Ignorant Citizens: 530thMost Devout: 624thMost Cheerful Citizens: 1,298thBest Weather: 1,680thTop
Highest Unexpected Death Rate: 2,206thMost Beautiful Environments: 2,759thLeast Corrupt Governments: 3,008thNicest Citizens: 3,544thMost Pacifist: 3,964thMost Cultured: 4,738thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 5,342ndMost Compassionate Citizens: 5,439thTop
Highest Average Tax Rates: 10,765thLargest Populations: 12,263rdHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 16,513thHighest Crime Rates: 20,035th
Most Primitive: 4th in the regionTop
Most Ignorant Citizens: 12th in the regionMost Devout: 14th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 17th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 20th in the regionTop
Largest Populations: 30th in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 40th in the region

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