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Largest Information Technology Sector: 675thMost Scientifically Advanced: 1,005thMost Valuable International Artwork: 1,825th
The Working and Mercantile Sneks of
Iron Fist Consumerists Imperialist Pig Dog Oppressors
Long Live Maoism or Yingism if you're in The Pacific
Ya Yingtan
Influence
Sprat
Region
Civil Rights
Unheard Of
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Outlawed

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Strala

Population5.124 billion

CapitalSomewhere
LeaderYa Yingtan
FaithGod Snek

CurrencyDenarius
AnimalDragon

The Working and Mercantile Sneks of Strala is a colossal, efficient nation, ruled by Ya Yingtan with an iron fist, and remarkable for its ubiquitous missile silos, keen interest in outer space, and irreverence towards religion. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 5.124 billion Stralians are kept under strict control by the oppressive government, which measures its success by the nation's GDP and refers to individual citizens as "human resources."

The medium-sized, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Education, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Somewhere. The average income tax rate is 88.2%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Stralan economy, worth a remarkable 1,097 trillion Denarii 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 a large, well-organized, broadly diversified black market in Information Technology and Arms Manufacturing. 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 an amazing 214,241 Denarii, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Robotic spouses prove to be just as imperfect as flesh and blood ones, politicians are often seen with soldiers pointing guns at their heads, the nation's most "productive" diamond mine hasn't been operational for seven months, and the words 'private' and 'enterprise' must never appear in the same sentence. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Strala's national animal is the Dragon, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to toxic air pollution, and its national religion is God Snek.

Strala is ranked 102,031st in the world and 3,811th in the Pacific for Largest Welfare Programs, scoring 1,002.74 on the Safety Net Mesh Density Rating.

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Largest Information Technology Sector: 675thMost Scientifically Advanced: 1,005thMost Valuable International Artwork: 1,825thTop
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Highest Poor Incomes: 2,454thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2,856thMost Developed: 2,963rdMost Efficient Economies: 3,017thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 3,869thSmartest Citizens: 3,973rdHealthiest Citizens: 4,035thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 4,097thMost Subsidized Industry: 4,113thLowest Crime Rates: 4,226thLongest Average Lifespans: 4,280thMost Corrupt Governments: 4,838thHighest Average Incomes: 5,217thLargest Black Market: 6,008thLargest Governments: 6,534thMost Secular: 9,115thHighest Average Tax Rates: 9,341stMost Advanced Public Education: 9,372ndTop
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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 10,427thMost Authoritarian: 10,646thMost Conservative: 11,005thLargest Insurance Industry: 13,760thHighest Economic Output: 15,357thLargest Mining Sector: 16,285thMost Inclusive: 17,906thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 18,434th
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Largest Information Technology Sector: 17th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 31st in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 60th in the regionTop
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Most Efficient Economies: 70th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 72nd in the regionMost Developed: 82nd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 84th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 98th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 103rd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 104th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 105th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 109th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 111th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 121st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 142nd in the regionLargest Governments: 160th in the regionLargest Black Market: 180th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 184th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 226th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 227th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 235th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 297th in the regionMost Secular: 298th in the regionTop
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Largest Insurance Industry: 402nd in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 413th in the regionLargest Populations: 428th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 445th in the regionMost Inclusive: 483rd in the regionMost Conservative: 487th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 508th in the region

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