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Swiftlandian Peoples Republic

Population2.104 billion

LeaderPhil Swift

CurrencyFlex Tape
AnimalNuclear Radiated Cat

The Dictatorship of Swiftlandian Peoples Republic is a massive, efficient nation, ruled by Phil Swift with an iron fist, and notable for its flagrant waste-dumping, ritual sacrifices, and suspicion of poets. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless, devout population of 2.104 billion 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, although Law & Order, Industry, and Spirituality are also considered important, while Welfare and Social Policy aren't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of PhilPort. The average income tax rate is 76.3%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Swiftlandian Peoples Republician economy, worth 386 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, Uranium Mining, Retail, and Woodchip Exports. 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 183,853 Flex Tapes, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.8 times as much as the poorest.

Cute fluffy little Phil Swifts are increasingly popular exotic pets, the industries of Swiftlandian Peoples Republic are coughing all the way to the bank, military advisors frequently remind San Vitenzan farmers that they have to pull the pin on a grenade before throwing it, and children gain their first sex education from reading the dictionary. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force. Swiftlandian Peoples Republic's national animal is the Nuclear Radiated Cat, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is Swiftism.

Swiftlandian Peoples Republic is ranked 184,242nd in the world and 74th in The Labyrinth for Most Developed, scoring 51.68 on the Human Development Index.

Most Ignorant Citizens: 567thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 975thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 987thMost Primitive: 1,019thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1,431stMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 1,477thMost Devout: 1,978thFattest Citizens: 2,242ndMost Armed: 2,349thTop
Highest Unexpected Death Rate: 2,701stMost Avoided: 2,752ndMost Corrupt Governments: 3,284thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 3,365thNudest: 3,569thLargest Mining Sector: 4,066thMost Influential: 5,031stLargest Black Market: 5,086thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 5,618thHighest Average Incomes: 8,478thHighest Poor Incomes: 10,116thMost Subsidized Industry: 10,926thTop
Largest Retail Industry: 13,579thLargest Governments: 16,079thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 17,577thMost Valuable International Artwork: 19,489thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 19,641stHighest Average Tax Rates: 19,680thMost Conservative: 21,514thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 22,082ndMost Authoritarian: 22,543rdHighest Wealthy Incomes: 22,820thRudest Citizens: 23,236thMost Efficient Economies: 23,684th
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1st in the regionMost Primitive: 1st in the regionMost Devout: 1st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 2nd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionNudest: 2nd in the regionMost Armed: 3rd in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 4th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 4th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 4th in the regionFattest Citizens: 4th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 4th in the regionMost Avoided: 4th in the regionTop
Highest Poor Incomes: 6th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 6th in the regionLargest Black Market: 6th in the regionMost Influential: 6th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 8th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 8th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 9th in the region

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