by Max Barry

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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 1,056thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1,242ndMost Influential: 1,360th
The Peaceful Conglomerate of
Liberal Democratic Socialists Open-Minded Education State
Group hugs are now mandatory, at noon each day
Supreme Shifter
Civil Rights
Very Good
Political Freedom

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Population8.685 billion

LeaderSupreme Shifter


The Peaceful Conglomerate of Shiftierier is a colossal, safe nation, ruled by Supreme Shifter with a fair hand, and notable for its multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, state-planned economy, and ban on automobiles. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 8.685 billion Shifties love a good election, and the government gives them plenty of them. Universities tend to be full of students debating the merits of various civil and political rights, while businesses are tightly regulated and the wealthy viewed with suspicion.

The enormous, socially-minded government juggles the competing demands of Education, Environment, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Shift-Key. The average income tax rate is 96.2%.

The frighteningly efficient Shiftie economy, worth a remarkable 1,103 trillion Fish a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is highly specialized, is mostly made up of the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing. Average income is an impressive 127,111 Fish, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The government prides itself on being smug and condescending to idiots, the well-to-do in The North Pacific are never on time for important appointments, gossip magazines have pictures of Supreme Shifter sunbathing on the beach with political rivals, and no one is worried about government policies any more. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Shiftierier's national animal is the HE-Grenade, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Fishing.

Shiftierier is ranked 194,070th in the world and 9,471st in The North Pacific for Largest Trout Fishing Sector, scoring -8 on the Nemo Depletion Efficiency Index.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 1,056thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1,242ndMost Influential: 1,360thMost Pacifist: 1,894thTop
Most Advanced Public Education: 2,364thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 2,380thSafest: 2,589thMost Advanced Public Transport: 2,656thNicest Citizens: 2,656thBest Weather: 2,701stMost Beautiful Environments: 2,705thMost Compassionate Citizens: 2,736thLeast Corrupt Governments: 2,866thLargest Welfare Programs: 2,913thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 2,932ndMost Inclusive: 3,001stMost Cheerful Citizens: 3,195thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 3,441stHighest Average Tax Rates: 3,606thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 4,302ndLowest Crime Rates: 4,849thMost Cultured: 4,895thLongest Average Lifespans: 5,483rdLargest Governments: 5,732ndLargest Information Technology Sector: 6,184thMost Rebellious Youth: 6,505thSmartest Citizens: 7,162ndHealthiest Citizens: 7,164thHighest Poor Incomes: 7,429thMost Scientifically Advanced: 8,640thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 8,911thMost Developed: 9,399thTop
Highest Economic Output: 15,096thMost Subsidized Industry: 16,303rdMost Income Equality: 18,383rdHighest Average Incomes: 19,716th
Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 61st in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 93rd in the regionTop
Most Advanced Public Education: 104th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 119th in the regionMost Pacifist: 123rd in the regionSafest: 137th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 138th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 138th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 151st in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 151st in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 157th in the regionNicest Citizens: 162nd in the regionBest Weather: 166th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 168th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 170th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 170th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 180th in the regionMost Inclusive: 201st in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 224th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 233rd in the regionMost Cultured: 245th in the regionLargest Governments: 298th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 322nd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 358th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 373rd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 377th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 402nd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 408th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 465th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 481st in the regionTop
Nudest: 528th in the regionLargest Populations: 541st in the regionMost Developed: 546th in the regionMost Influential: 562nd in the regionMost Stationary: 570th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 693rd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 748th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 922nd in the regionMost Income Equality: 997th in the region

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