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The Library of Wan Shi Tong

Population438 million

CapitalThe Library


The Dictatorship of The Library of Wan Shi Tong is a huge, orderly nation, remarkable for its frequent executions, punitive income tax rates, and stringent health and safety legislation. The compassionate, cynical, devout population of 438 million Librarians 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 enormous, moralistic, socially-minded, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Administration, Education, and Law & Order. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of The Library. The average income tax rate is 72.7%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The sizeable but sluggish Librarian economy, worth 10.0 trillion Scrolls a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is highly specialized, is mostly made up of the Trout Farming industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology. Average income is 22,890 Scrolls, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The words 'private' and 'enterprise' must never appear in the same sentence, international tensions are high as The Library of Wan Shi Tong threatens any government with the audacity to arrest its citizens, there are six more weeks of winter if a northerner sees her shadow, and coastal cities are being moved a dozen miles inland to reduce flooding risk. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. The Library of Wan Shi Tong's national animal is the Fox, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

The Library of Wan Shi Tong is ranked 220,415th in the world and 333rd in Wintreath for Largest Publishing Industry, scoring -7.73 on the Bella Potter Productivity e-Index.

Most Authoritarian: 5,596thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 5,667thMost Income Equality: 8,400thMost Pacifist: 11,907thTop
Most Influential: 13,040thMost Devout: 16,530thMost Valuable International Artwork: 18,865thLowest Crime Rates: 19,657thMost Extreme: 21,995thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 22,099th
Most Authoritarian: 3rd in the regionTop
Most Extreme: 5th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 11th in the regionMost Income Equality: 13th in the regionTop
Most Conservative: 19th in the regionMost Devout: 25th in the region

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