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Most Income Equality: 10thNudest: 1,819thLargest Populations: 5,981st
The Queen's State of
Corrupt Dictatorship
Do it first
the Governor
Influence
Dealmaker
Region
Civil Rights
Some
Economy
Basket Case
Political Freedom
Outlawed

Overview Policies People Government Economy Rank Trend Cards

Saola

Population22.019 billion

CapitalCapital Heights
Leaderthe Governor
Faithnone

Currencybetale
Animaldeer

The Queen's State of Saola is a gargantuan, genial nation, ruled by the Governor with an iron fist, and renowned for its enforced nudity, suspicion of poets, and stringent health and safety legislation. The cynical, humorless population of 22.019 billion Saolans are ruled with an iron fist by the dictatorship government, which ensures that no-one outside the party gets too rich. In their personal lives, however, citizens are relatively unoppressed; it remains to be seen whether this is because the government genuinely cares about its people, or if it hasn't gotten around to stamping out civil rights yet.

The enormous, socially-minded, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Education, and Welfare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Capital Heights. The average income tax rate is 65.0%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The large but stagnant Saolan economy, worth 140 trillion betales a year, is highly specialized and led by the Uranium Mining industry, with significant contributions from Woodchip Exports, Basket Weaving, and Arms Manufacturing. Black market activity is rampant. State-owned companies are common. Average income is 6,375 betales, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The Governor has just been declared ruler of Saola in an international press conference, kids laugh off vandalism and arson as "just fun", the state is footing the bill for billionaires' lawyers, and torture is illegal. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Saola's national animal is the deer, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is none.

Saola is ranked 156,019th in the world and 3rd in Abuja for Largest Cheese Export Sector, scoring zero on the Mozzarella Productivity Index.

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Most Income Equality: 10thNudest: 1,819thTop
5%
Largest Populations: 5,981stMost Authoritarian: 6,904thTop
10%
Most Rebellious Youth: 15,469thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 18,675thLargest Black Market: 18,948thMost Ignorant Citizens: 22,641st

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Saola's influence in Abuja fell from "Enforcer" to "Dealmaker".
  • : Saola's influence in Abuja rose from "Dealmaker" to "Enforcer".
  • : Saola's influence in Abuja fell from "Enforcer" to "Dealmaker".
  • : Saola was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Ignorant Citizens.
  • : Saola was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Ignorant Citizens.
  • : Saola was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Ignorant Citizens.
  • : Saola's influence in Abuja rose from "Dealmaker" to "Enforcer".
  • : Saola was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Ignorant Citizens.
  • : Saola's influence in Abuja fell from "Enforcer" to "Dealmaker".
  • : Saola's influence in Abuja rose from "Dealmaker" to "Enforcer".

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