by Max Barry

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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 2,753rd Largest Insurance Industry: 4,326th Most Influential: 4,440th
The Sacred State of
Father Knows Best State Suspiciously Conservative Democracy
For the sake of Coles
Cole James William Shelly
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Population1.144 billion

LeaderCole James William Shelly

AnimalNorthern Samsquanch

The Sacred State of Shelly is a massive, cultured nation, ruled by Cole James William Shelly with an iron fist, and notable for its barren, inhospitable landscape, anti-smoking policies, and free-roaming dinosaurs. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical population of 1.144 billion Shellies are ruled by a mostly-benevolent dictator, who grants the populace the freedom to live their own lives but watches carefully for anyone to slip up.

The relatively small, corrupt, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Education, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Shelly. The average income tax rate is 13.6%.

The all-consuming Shellie economy, worth 106 trillion Coles a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is a slick, highly efficient, broadly diversified black market in Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, Retail, and Door-to-door Insurance Sales. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is 93,345 Coles, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 4.2 times as much as the poorest.

Bins outnumber trees in city parks, several citizens have complained about scientists abducting their pets for experimentation, teenage girls in knee-length surfer shorts have become a cultural icon of Shelly, and organ donation is compulsory. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Shelly's national animal is the Northern Samsquanch, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is Shellianism.

Shelly is ranked 70,818th in the world and 2,723rd in the South Pacific for Largest Publishing Industry, scoring 2,701.56 on the Bella Potter Productivity e-Index.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 2,753rdLargest Insurance Industry: 4,326thMost Influential: 4,440thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 6,709thTop
Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 9,286thHighest Disposable Incomes: 9,850thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 12,567thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 13,064thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 13,517thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 14,189thLargest Retail Industry: 14,534thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 16,038th
Largest Insurance Industry: 129th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 154th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 232nd in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 248th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 327th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 328th in the regionTop
Largest Retail Industry: 402nd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 440th in the regionMost Influential: 451st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 459th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 469th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 484th in the regionLargest Black Market: 520th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 524th in the regionMost Cultured: 624th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Shelly was endorsed by The WA Republic of Qawe.
  • : Shelly was endorsed by The Community of Proctethia.
  • : Shelly changed its national motto to "For the sake of Coles".
  • : Shelly changed its national animal to "Northern Samsquanch", its demonym to "Shellie", and its demonym adjective to "Shellie".
  • : Shelly endorsed The Community of Proctethia.
  • : Shelly endorsed The Inhospitable Ski Slopes of Agalaesia.
  • : Following new legislation in Shelly, organ donation is compulsory.
  • : Following new legislation in Shelly, teenage girls in knee-length surfer shorts have become a cultural icon of Shelly.
  • : Following new legislation in Shelly, several citizens have complained about scientists abducting their pets for experimentation.
  • : Following new legislation in Shelly, bins outnumber trees in city parks.


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