The Thedian Cavalry of SwordandShield is a massive, safe nation, ruled by King Elias with an even hand, and notable for its zero percent divorce rate, state-planned economy, and suspicion of poets. The hard-nosed, hard-working population of 1.269 billion SwordandShieldians are highly moralistic and fiercely conservative, in the sense that they tend to believe most things should be outlawed. People who have good jobs and work quietly at them are lauded; others are viewed with suspicion.
The enormous government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Ferod. The average income tax rate is 65.4%.
The powerhouse SwordandShieldian economy, worth 71.7 trillion swords 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 slick, highly efficient, quite specialized black market in Woodchip Exports, Beef-Based Agriculture, Arms Manufacturing, and Gambling. 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 56,532 swords, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 3.3 times as much as the poorest.
Nations that kill a SwordandShieldian can expect a strongly worded letter, the Finance Ministry posts hourly updates on where taxpayer money is spent, politicians accepting drinks in bars are executed for taking bribes, and sleeping on the job is recommended. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. SwordandShield's national animal is the horse, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.
Most Recent Government Activity:
- : SwordandShield resigned from the World Assembly.
- : SwordandShield relocated from Furry Antifascist Alliance to Shinka.
- : SwordandShield's influence in Furry Antifascist Alliance rose from "Zero" to "Shoeshiner".
- : SwordandShield endorsed The Camping Van of Free Las Pinas IV.
- : SwordandShield was endorsed by The Allied States of While being totally original Fauxia.
- : SwordandShield was endorsed by The Colony of Dino2.
- : SwordandShield was endorsed by The Camping Van of Free Las Pinas IV.
- : SwordandShield endorsed The Wing of the World of W Corporation.
- : SwordandShield endorsed The Kingdom of Knight Reynauld.
- : SwordandShield endorsed The Confederacy of AESS.