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Most Primitive: 1,592ndMost Devout: 3,231stMost Cultured: 3,897th
The City and District of
Inoffensive Centrist Democracy Fascists
The High Hills for a Refuge
Founder / Secretary-General
Civil Rights
Political Freedom
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Population1.561 billion

CapitalSaint Claire
LeaderPrince George
Faiththe Church of Shurdington


The City and District of Shurdington is a massive, efficient nation, ruled by Prince George with an even hand, and renowned for its museums and concert halls, triple-decker prams, and avowedly heterosexual populace. The hard-working, devout population of 1.561 billion Shurdingtonians have some civil rights, but not too many, enjoy the freedom to spend their money however they like, to a point, and take part in free and open elections, although not too often.

The medium-sized government juggles the competing demands of Environment, Education, and Spirituality. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Saint Claire. The average income tax rate is 34.7%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The powerhouse Shurdingtonian economy, worth 106 trillion pounds a year, is quite specialized and mostly made up of the Tourism industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing, Basket Weaving, and Beef-Based Agriculture. Average income is 68,228 pounds, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.4 times as much as the poorest.

Pregnant hitchhikers with signs requesting rides to "competent care" are a common sight on Shurdingtonian roads, midnight raids drag couples from their homes in the name of decency, organ donation rates are among the lowest in the region, and every day's an auto-de-fé day. Crime is totally unknown. Shurdington's national animal is the dove, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies, and its national religion is the Church of Shurdington.

Shurdington is ranked 36,187th in the world and 2nd in The Localist Alliance for Most Average, scoring 46.44 on the Average Standardized Normality Scale.

Most Primitive: 1,592ndTop
Most Devout: 3,231stMost Cultured: 3,897thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 4,959thLeast Corrupt Governments: 7,536thMost Beautiful Environments: 9,078thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 10,432ndMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 11,705thTop
Most Rebellious Youth: 19,008thBest Weather: 19,019th
Least Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionMost Primitive: 1st in the regionMost Stationary: 1st in the region

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