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Largest Welfare Programs: 4,181st Most Cheerful Citizens: 5,336th Most Extensive Civil Rights: 5,496th
The Borderlands of
Left-wing Utopia
Strength Through Freedom
Influence
Minnow
Civil Rights
Frightening
Economy
Strong
Political Freedom
Superb

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Northern Shiora

Population1.115 billion

Currencyentroi
Animalrabbit

The Borderlands of Northern Shiora is a massive, socially progressive nation, renowned for its infamous sell-swords, keen interest in outer space, and complete lack of prisons. The compassionate, democratic, devout population of 1.115 billion Shiorans are free to do what they want with their own bodies, and vote for whomever they like in elections; if they go into business, however, they are regulated to within an inch of their lives.

It is difficult to tell where the omnipresent, liberal government stops and the rest of society begins, but it juggles the competing demands of Education, Welfare, and Environment. The average income tax rate is 82.7%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The strong Northern Shioran economy, worth 54.5 trillion entrois a year, is driven almost entirely by government activity. The industrial sector, which is highly specialized, is led by the Retail industry, with significant contributions from Basket Weaving, Book Publishing, and Furniture Restoration. Average income is 48,846 entrois, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The government has declined to declare any particular religion as its 'official' one, children are sent to either religious or secular schools, libraries are now installed with jacuzzis and mini-bars, and surrealist houses shaped like mushrooms and volcanoes dominate the wealthiest neighborhoods. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Northern Shiora's national animal is the rabbit, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Northern Shiora is ranked 14,866th in the world and 491st in the West Pacific for Most Devout, with 1,547.38 Prayers Per Hour.

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Largest Welfare Programs: 4,181stMost Cheerful Citizens: 5,336thMost Extensive Civil Rights: 5,496thLeast Corrupt Governments: 5,899thHighest Drug Use: 6,434thNicest Citizens: 7,102ndMost Compassionate Citizens: 7,917thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 8,431stTop
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Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 8,627thMost Inclusive: 10,039thHighest Average Tax Rates: 11,193rdNudest: 12,658thMost Advanced Public Transport: 12,745thBest Weather: 13,148thMost Pacifist: 13,511thMost Advanced Public Education: 13,895thMost Devout: 14,866thMost Beautiful Environments: 15,662nd
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Most Extensive Civil Rights: 59th in the regionTop
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Largest Welfare Programs: 80th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 106th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 114th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 140th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 170th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 179th in the regionNicest Citizens: 180th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 199th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 217th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 221st in the regionMost Inclusive: 277th in the regionNudest: 281st in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 316th in the regionTop
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Best Weather: 351st in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 390th in the regionMost Pacifist: 435th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 458th in the regionMost Devout: 491st in the regionMost Cultured: 492nd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 504th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 531st in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Northern Shiora, surrealist houses shaped like mushrooms and volcanoes dominate the wealthiest neighborhoods.
  • : Following new legislation in Northern Shiora, libraries are now installed with jacuzzis and mini-bars.
  • : Northern Shiora was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Highest Foreign Aid Spending.
  • : Following new legislation in Northern Shiora, children are sent to either religious or secular schools.
  • : Following new legislation in Northern Shiora, the government has declined to declare any particular religion as its 'official' one.
  • : Northern Shiora changed its national demonym to "Shioran".
  • : Northern Shiora was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Compassionate Citizens.
  • : Following new legislation in Northern Shiora, the new Rabbit Supremacy Party is faring well in the polls.
  • : Following new legislation in Northern Shiora, the government is promoting multicultural values with the new 'Just Be Nice, OK?' initiative.
  • : Northern Shiora was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Beautiful Environments and Most Advanced Public Education.

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