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Most Ignorant Citizens: 991stMost Primitive: 1,633rdLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2,352nd
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Swiftlandian Peoples Republic

Population382 million


CurrencyFlex Tape
AnimalNuclear Radiated Cat

The Dictatorship of Swiftlandian Peoples Republic is a huge, orderly nation, renowned for its compulsory military service, ubiquitous missile silos, and keen interest in outer space. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless, devout population of 382 million Swiftlandians are kept under strict control by the oppressive government, which measures its success by the nation's GDP and refers to individual citizens as "human resources."

The large, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government prioritizes Defense, with Law & Order, Industry, and Administration also on the agenda, while Welfare and Social Policy receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of PhilPort. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 64.3%.

The powerhouse Swiftlandian Peoples Republician economy, worth 48.7 trillion Flex Tapes a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is an enormous, deeply entrenched, quite specialized black market in Arms Manufacturing, Retail, Uranium Mining, and Gambling. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is an impressive 127,608 Flex Tapes, with the richest citizens earning 9.7 times as much as the poorest.

The public health bureaucracy is wrapped in miles of red tape, politicians look weirdly alike, oil rigs in winter are heated by contained oil slick fires, and it's always rabbit season. Crime, especially youth-related, is almost non-existent, thanks to a very well-funded police force. Swiftlandian Peoples Republic's national animal is the Nuclear Radiated Cat, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

Swiftlandian Peoples Republic is ranked 121,706th in the world and 157th in The Labyrinth for Lowest Crime Rates, with 59.56 Law-abiding Acts Per Hour.

Most Ignorant Citizens: 991stMost Primitive: 1,633rdTop
Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2,352ndMost Advanced Defense Forces: 2,650thMost Armed: 2,652ndMost Avoided: 3,409thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 3,506thNudest: 4,036thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 4,052ndFattest Citizens: 4,927thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 5,302ndMost Conservative: 6,730thMost Corrupt Governments: 7,133rdTop
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 11,770thMost Authoritarian: 11,952ndMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 13,337thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 13,761stMost Devout: 13,794thMost Valuable International Artwork: 13,796thLargest Retail Industry: 13,953rdLargest Black Market: 14,171stLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 15,196thMost Advanced Public Transport: 16,466thLargest Mining Sector: 16,998thHighest Average Incomes: 19,565thMost Subsidized Industry: 20,365th
Most Ignorant Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Primitive: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 2nd in the regionTop
Most Armed: 3rd in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 3rd in the regionMost Avoided: 3rd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 3rd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 3rd in the regionFattest Citizens: 5th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 5th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 5th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 6th in the regionNudest: 6th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 7th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 7th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 8th in the regionLargest Black Market: 9th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 9th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 10th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 11th in the regionTop
Most Devout: 12th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 12th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 16th in the regionLargest Governments: 17th in the regionMost Conservative: 17th in the regionMost Influential: 18th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 20th in the region

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