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Largest Welfare Programs: 34thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 80thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 101st
The Schlaraffenstaat of
Left-wing Utopia
Metanoeite
Influence
Vassal
Principal-Agent
Region
Civil Rights
Superb
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Superb

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Shetl

Population13.189 billion

CapitalMenschenbad
LeaderGaius Trimalchio
FaithQuakerism

CurrencyBig Zaster
AnimalLandpony

The Schlaraffenstaat of Shetl is a gargantuan, safe nation, ruled by Gaius Trimalchio with a fair hand, and remarkable for its museums and concert halls, national health service, and punitive income tax rates. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 13.189 billion Menschen 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.

The government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked, liberal, socially-minded, outspoken morass — juggles the competing demands of Education, Environment, and Welfare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Menschenbad. The income tax rate is 100%.

The frighteningly efficient menschliche economy, worth a remarkable 3,034 trillion Big Zasters 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 Book Publishing industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology. Average income is an amazing 230,064 Big Zasters, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The nation grinds to a halt for afternoon tea, it's often raining men (hallelujah) in Menschenbad, many friends and relatives of Gaius Trimalchio have been given ambassador jobs in tropical island nations, and relations with Dàguó have warmed from frosty to chilly. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Shetl's national animal is the Landpony, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Quakerism.

Shetl is ranked 240,728th in the world and 131st in Anarchy for Highest Disposable Incomes, with zero Standard Monetary Units.

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Largest Welfare Programs: 34thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 80thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 101stLeast Corrupt Governments: 132ndMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 160thMost Advanced Public Transport: 171stMost Pacifist: 202ndMost Beautiful Environments: 234thMost Compassionate Citizens: 247thMost Advanced Public Education: 250thNicest Citizens: 269thSafest: 270thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 276thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 291stBest Weather: 347thMost Inclusive: 350thHighest Average Tax Rates: 364thMost Cultured: 442ndLargest Governments: 485thMost Developed: 487thLongest Average Lifespans: 548thMost Rebellious Youth: 568thHealthiest Citizens: 791stMost Cheerful Citizens: 836thSmartest Citizens: 1,004thLargest Publishing Industry: 1,145thMost Subsidized Industry: 1,270thLowest Crime Rates: 1,382ndHighest Poor Incomes: 1,742ndTop
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Most Efficient Economies: 2,917thHighest Average Incomes: 4,396thHighest Economic Output: 4,614thMost Valuable International Artwork: 6,622ndMost Influential: 7,479thMost Secular: 10,264thNudest: 11,521stMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 11,524thTop
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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 12,182ndMost Scientifically Advanced: 13,884thHighest Drug Use: 15,727thMost Stationary: 18,973rdLargest Populations: 20,051stLargest Information Technology Sector: 21,590thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 21,833rdMost Income Equality: 22,221st
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Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 1st in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1st in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 1st in the regionSafest: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 1st in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 1st in the regionTop
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Most Beautiful Environments: 2nd in the regionMost Cultured: 2nd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 2nd in the regionMost Pacifist: 2nd in the regionBest Weather: 2nd in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 2nd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 2nd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 3rd in the regionMost Developed: 3rd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 3rd in the regionLargest Governments: 3rd in the regionNicest Citizens: 3rd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 3rd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 3rd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 4th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 4th in the regionMost Inclusive: 4th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 4th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 5th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 5th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 5th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 5th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 5th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 5th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 6th in the regionTop
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Highest Economic Output: 9th in the regionMost Influential: 9th in the regionMost Secular: 9th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 9th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 11th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 12th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Shetl, relations with Dàguó have warmed from frosty to chilly.
  • : Shetl was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most World Assembly Endorsements.
  • : Shetl was endorsed by The Republic of United Peaceburbia.
  • : Shetl was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most World Assembly Endorsements.
  • : Shetl was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Politically Apathetic Citizens.
  • : Following new legislation in Shetl, many friends and relatives of Gaius Trimalchio have been given ambassador jobs in tropical island nations.
  • : Following new legislation in Shetl, it's often raining men (hallelujah) in Menschenbad.
  • : Shetl was endorsed by The Allied States of The Sovereign Union of Egoists.
  • : Shetl was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Nudest.
  • : Shetl was endorsed by The Free Land of The Transnationalist Agreement.

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Endorsements Received: 3 » YoriZ, Equa Lib, and Wulkrieg.

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