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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 2,372nd Most Influential: 5,024th Most Devout: 7,364th
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Shema Mitzvah

Population745 million

CapitalTZION

CurrencyGold
AnimalLion

The Empire of Shema Mitzvah is a huge, genial nation, notable for its prohibition of alcohol, public floggings, and punitive income tax rates. The cynical, devout population of 745 million Shema Mitzvahians 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 enormous government juggles the competing demands of Spirituality, Law & Order, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of TZION. The average income tax rate is 73.9%.

The Shema Mitzvahian economy, worth 35.2 trillion Golds a year, is quite specialized and led by the Book Publishing industry, with significant contributions from Door-to-door Insurance Sales, Arms Manufacturing, and Furniture Restoration. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is 47,243 Golds, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 3.1 times as much as the poorest.

Election ballot papers are so long that unused ones are recycled as toilet roll, ministers are now allowed to put suggestions in the governmental suggestion box, children who display even minimal sporting aptitude are immediately assigned a personal trainer, and victims of crime are viewed as less trustworthy than politicians. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Shema Mitzvah's national animal is the Lion, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Shema Mitzvah is ranked 33,943rd in the world and 1,365th in the South Pacific for Most Compassionate Citizens, scoring 45.83 on the Kitten Softness Rating.

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Best Weather: 14,002ndMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 14,340thMost Cheerful Citizens: 15,259th
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Most Devout: 188th in the regionTop
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Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 366th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 386th in the regionBest Weather: 444th in the regionMost Influential: 471st in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 492nd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 520th in the region

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