by Max Barry

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Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 2,930thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 10,182ndMost Advanced Defense Forces: 16,262nd
The Thedian Cavalry of
Moralistic Democracy Narrow-Minded Backwoodsy Bigots
Mission Accomplished
Civil Rights
Political Freedom
Below Average

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Population1.269 billion

LeaderKing Elias


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.

SwordandShield is ranked 64,492nd in the world and 22nd in Shinka for Largest Governments, scoring 16.61 on the Bureaucratic Comprehensiveness Rating Scale Index.

Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 2,930thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 10,182ndTop
Most Advanced Defense Forces: 16,262ndMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 16,876thMost Ignorant Citizens: 18,437thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 20,912th
Highest Unexpected Death Rate: 1st in the regionTop
Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 2nd in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 4th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 6th in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 7th in the regionTop
Most Efficient Economies: 8th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 9th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 9th in the region

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