by Max Barry

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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 1,210th Most Influential: 2,007th Largest Trout Fishing Sector: 3,427th
The Neo-Paradise of
Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
Shantan Am Byth
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Population981 million

LeaderArchon Draig


The Neo-Paradise of Shantan is a huge, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Archon Draig with an even hand, and renowned for its national health service, irreverence towards religion, and punitive income tax rates. The compassionate, democratic population of 981 million Shantanians have some civil rights, but not too many, enjoy the freedom to spend their money however they like, to a point, and take part in free and open elections, although not too often.

The large government juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Defense. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Caerhaloth. The average income tax rate is 75.1%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The powerhouse Shantanian economy, worth 95.8 trillion chin-yens a year, is quite specialized and led by the Trout Farming industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Book Publishing, and Retail. State-owned companies are common. Average income is 97,683 chin-yens, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The delay between passed legislation and real world implementation is often a decade or longer, excited shovel-bearing geeks wander the countryside, retirement homes are often fitted with luxurious suites, and town nameplates frequently raise giggles from passing tourists. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Shantan's national animal is the Chimera, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Shantan is ranked 11,468th in the world and 286th in The East Pacific for Most Cheerful Citizens, with 54.3 Percentage Of Water Glasses Perceived Half-Full.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 1,210thTop
Most Influential: 2,007thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 3,427thSafest: 5,704thLeast Corrupt Governments: 7,559thLargest Publishing Industry: 7,727thMost Compassionate Citizens: 7,733rdNicest Citizens: 7,821stTop
Largest Welfare Programs: 8,991stMost Inclusive: 9,425thMost Pacifist: 10,056thMost Cheerful Citizens: 11,468thMost Cultured: 14,178thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 14,374thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 15,007thMost Advanced Public Education: 15,228thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 15,248thSmartest Citizens: 15,395thNudest: 15,889thLowest Crime Rates: 15,895thLongest Average Lifespans: 15,941stMost Beautiful Environments: 15,967th
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 87th in the regionMost Influential: 117th in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 157th in the regionSafest: 157th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 180th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 204th in the regionNicest Citizens: 215th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 229th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 230th in the regionMost Inclusive: 277th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 286th in the regionMost Pacifist: 302nd in the regionTop
Nudest: 321st in the regionMost Cultured: 344th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 376th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 380th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 390th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 402nd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 418th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 419th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 422nd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 440th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 440th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 457th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 493rd in the regionLargest Governments: 493rd in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 544th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 578th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 588th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 620th in the regionMost Secular: 623rd in the region

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