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Highest Poor Incomes: 15thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 35thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 36th
The Union of Soviet States of
Psychotic Dictatorship Fascist Dictatorship
If it ain't broke break it.
Civil Rights
Political Freedom
Unheard Of

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Population15.888 billion

CapitalSouth of Heaven

AnimalHouse Giraffe

The Union of Soviet States of Slaytania is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by Stalinovich with an iron fist, and remarkable for its compulsory vegetarianism, keen interest in outer space, and pith helmet sales. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 15.888 billion Slaytanians 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 medium-sized, corrupt, moralistic, socially-minded, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Education, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of South of Heaven. The average income tax rate is 98.9%.

The frighteningly efficient Slaytanian economy, worth an astonishing 10,196 trillion Strummers 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 an enormous, deeply entrenched, broadly diversified black market in Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, Book Publishing, and Retail. 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 a breathtaking 641,770 Strummers, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Flash floods that dams could have controlled regularly ravage small towns in mountain valleys, builders across Slaytania are blocked up with orders for new public loos, the nation's war memorials are being torn down and replaced with peace gardens, and foreign policy often involves bullwhips and leather. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Slaytania's national animal is the House Giraffe, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Stalinism.

Slaytania is ranked 35th in the world and 1st in 10000 Islands for Largest Basket Weaving Sector, scoring 28,474.19 on the Hickory Productivity Index.

Highest Poor Incomes: 15thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 35thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 36thMost Corrupt Governments: 52ndLargest Black Market: 55thLargest Agricultural Sector: 71stMost Subsidized Industry: 74thMost Influential: 80thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 92ndMost Secular: 100thHighest Average Incomes: 105thLargest Insurance Industry: 109thMost Advanced Public Education: 119thLargest Publishing Industry: 129thLowest Crime Rates: 265thSmartest Citizens: 278thMost Efficient Economies: 278thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 291stMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 381stMost Advanced Defense Forces: 401stHighest Economic Output: 404thMost Developed: 432ndLongest Average Lifespans: 495thLargest Governments: 552ndLargest Retail Industry: 581stLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 605thMost Scientifically Advanced: 626thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 739thLargest Information Technology Sector: 902ndHighest Average Tax Rates: 1,491stMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 1,505thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1,565thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1,859thHealthiest Citizens: 1,984thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 2,052ndTop
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 2,192ndMost Cultured: 2,204thMost Beautiful Environments: 2,218thMost Stationary: 2,915thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 3,631stHighest Wealthy Incomes: 4,150thLargest Mining Sector: 4,366thMost Authoritarian: 7,953rdTop
Most Income Equality: 10,834thLargest Populations: 11,397thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 18,006th
Largest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Black Market: 2nd in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 2nd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 3rd in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 3rd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 3rd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 3rd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 4th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 4th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 5th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 5th in the regionMost Secular: 5th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 6th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 7th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 8th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 8th in the regionLargest Governments: 9th in the regionMost Developed: 13th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 14th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 15th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 16th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 17th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 18th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 19th in the regionMost Influential: 19th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 20th in the regionTop
Highest Average Tax Rates: 25th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 37th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 39th in the regionMost Stationary: 40th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 41st in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 45th in the regionMost Cultured: 47th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 49th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 65th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 65th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 68th in the regionMost Income Equality: 85th in the regionTop
Most Extreme: 107th in the regionLargest Populations: 120th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 162nd in the regionMost Conservative: 202nd in the region

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