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Most Devout: 7,068thMost Pacifist: 9,095thSafest: 13,351st
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Civil Rights
Rare
Economy
Reasonable
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Sharelam

Population174 million

CurrencyCross
AnimalDove

The Theocracy of Sharelam is a very large, safe nation, remarkable for its compulsory vegetarianism, punitive income tax rates, and devotion to social welfare. The compassionate, democratic, devout population of 174 million Sharelamians are prohibited from doing almost everything except voting, which they do timidly and conservatively.

The large, moralistic government juggles the competing demands of Spirituality, Welfare, and Education. The average income tax rate is 52.5%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The sizeable but inefficient Sharelamian economy, worth 6.77 trillion Crosses a year, is quite specialized and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Cheese Exports, Furniture Restoration, and Basket Weaving. State-owned companies are common. Average income is 38,911 Crosses, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

There's never a spare chair in the retirement home, vegetarianism is compulsory, Scoutmasters debate whether luxury log cabins defeat the purpose of camping, and sullen teenagers in bright orange 'community payback' onesies can be seen picking litter at the roadside. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Sharelam's national animal is the Dove, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

Sharelam is ranked 34,930th in the world and 1,691st in The North Pacific for Lowest Crime Rates, with 72.82 Law-abiding Acts Per Hour.

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Most Devout: 7,068thMost Pacifist: 9,095thTop
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Safest: 13,351stNicest Citizens: 13,971stMost Compassionate Citizens: 14,263rd
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Most Devout: 281st in the regionMost Pacifist: 499th in the regionTop
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Safest: 717th in the regionNicest Citizens: 765th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 773rd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Sharelam, sullen teenagers in bright orange 'community payback' onesies can be seen picking litter at the roadside.
  • : Following new legislation in Sharelam, Scoutmasters debate whether luxury log cabins defeat the purpose of camping.
  • : Following new legislation in Sharelam, vegetarianism is compulsory.
  • : Following new legislation in Sharelam, there's never a spare chair in the retirement home.
  • : Following new legislation in Sharelam, the government's foreign policy statements are less threatening than a World Assembly cease-and-desist letter.
  • : Following new legislation in Sharelam, bike rage is all the rage.
  • : Following new legislation in Sharelam, the seventh son of a seventh son is fated to be a millionaire.
  • : Following new legislation in Sharelam, class action lawsuits have gone up in smoke thanks to government interference.
  • : Following new legislation in Sharelam, unpopular cops are fired at a moment's notice by the citizens they police.
  • : Following new legislation in Sharelam, workers of "fairweather faith" claim six months of paid leave for holy days per year.

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