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Sierra Grand

Population1.594 billion

CapitalPort Elisabeth
LeaderSovereign Sierrite Ardal Leopold May
FaithSierra Laureate

CurrencyƩ Freedom World Credit
AnimalWhite Cockatoo

The Inherent lack of Happiness of Sierra Grand is a massive, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Sovereign Sierrite Ardal Leopold May with an iron fist, and notable for its soft-spoken computers, ban on automobiles, and compulsory military service. The hard-nosed, cynical population of 1.594 billion Sierrese are ruled without fear or favor by a psychotic dictator, who outlaws just about everything and refers to the populace as "my little playthings."

The large, corrupt, moralistic, socially-minded, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Education, and Law & Order. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Port Elisabeth. The average income tax rate is 87.2%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Sierrese economy, worth 205 trillion Ʃ Freedom World Credits a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector is led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Trout Farming, and Book Publishing. Average income is an impressive 128,823 Ʃ Freedom World Credits, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

End-of-year production reports state that the revolution is really going with a bang, dancing with your first cousin is a misdemeanor, citizens are regularly arrested in queues for 'loitering', and discarded pennies litter the streets. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Sierra Grand's national animal is the White Cockatoo, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Sierra Laureate.

Sierra Grand is ranked 137,554th in the world and 16th in Amalgamated Federation for Most Politically Apathetic Citizens, with 50 Whatever.

Most Secular: 2,030thTop
Largest Trout Fishing Sector: 5,992ndNudest: 6,066thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 6,171stLowest Crime Rates: 6,192ndMost Advanced Defense Forces: 6,393rdMost Corrupt Governments: 9,530thHighest Average Tax Rates: 10,880thHighest Poor Incomes: 11,192ndLargest Governments: 11,885thMost Advanced Public Education: 12,126thTop
Healthiest Citizens: 12,399thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 12,430thSmartest Citizens: 13,868thLargest Information Technology Sector: 15,193rdMost Authoritarian: 15,432ndMost Scientifically Advanced: 16,376thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 16,624thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 18,296thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 19,211thHighest Average Incomes: 20,184thMost Valuable International Artwork: 22,899th
Most Secular: 1st in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 1st in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 1st in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionTop
Most Advanced Defense Forces: 2nd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 2nd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 2nd in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 2nd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 2nd in the regionNudest: 2nd in the regionLargest Governments: 2nd in the region

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