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Most Ignorant Citizens: 996thMost Primitive: 1,099thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2,253rd
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Iron Fist Consumerists Imperialist Pig Dog Oppressors
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Swiftlandian Peoples Republic

Population433 million


CurrencyFlex Tape
AnimalNuclear Radiated Cat

The Dictatorship of Swiftlandian Peoples Republic is a huge, efficient nation, remarkable for its closed borders, strictly enforced bedtime, and lack of airports. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless, devout population of 433 million Swiftlandians 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 large, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government prioritizes Defense, although Law & Order and Industry are also considered important, while Welfare and Social Policy aren't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of PhilPort. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 66.8%.

The all-consuming Swiftlandian Peoples Republician economy, worth 57.8 trillion Flex Tapes 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, quite specialized black market in Arms Manufacturing, Retail, Uranium Mining, and Pizza Delivery. 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 impressive 133,583 Flex Tapes, with the richest citizens earning 9.7 times as much as the poorest.

Swiftlandian Peoples Republic is increasingly belligerent on the international stage, the teaching of evolution has been banned, military instructors tire of being asked for another bedtime story by seven-year-old conscripts, and a division of tanks navigating "as the crow flies" has driven into a ravine. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force. Swiftlandian Peoples Republic's national animal is the Nuclear Radiated Cat, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

Swiftlandian Peoples Republic is ranked 186,263rd in the world and 168th in The Labyrinth for Most Developed, scoring 47.71 on the Human Development Index.

Most Ignorant Citizens: 996thMost Primitive: 1,099thTop
Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2,253rdMost Advanced Defense Forces: 2,268thMost Armed: 2,787thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 3,218thMost Avoided: 3,410thNudest: 3,813thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 3,998thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 4,210thFattest Citizens: 4,611thMost Corrupt Governments: 6,743rdMost Devout: 8,474thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 9,955thTop
Most Conservative: 10,346thLargest Retail Industry: 11,403rdHighest Wealthy Incomes: 12,395thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 12,999thLargest Black Market: 13,067thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 13,384thMost Authoritarian: 13,484thLargest Mining Sector: 13,896thMost Valuable International Artwork: 13,962ndMost Advanced Public Transport: 15,174thHighest Average Incomes: 17,688thMost Subsidized Industry: 18,764th
Most Ignorant Citizens: 1st in the regionTop
Most Primitive: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 2nd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 3rd in the regionMost Avoided: 3rd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 3rd in the regionMost Armed: 3rd in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 3rd in the regionNudest: 4th in the regionMost Devout: 4th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 4th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 4th in the regionFattest Citizens: 5th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 5th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 6th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 7th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 7th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 8th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 9th in the regionLargest Black Market: 9th in the regionTop
Largest Retail Industry: 10th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 12th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 14th in the regionLargest Governments: 16th in the regionMost Influential: 17th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 18th in the region

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