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The Bird Buddy of Shidei

“Chirp Chirp”

Category: Corrupt Dictatorship
Civil Rights:
Very Strong
Political Freedoms:
Unheard Of

Location: The Western Isles

Regional Influence: Shoeshiner


The Bird Buddy of Shidei is a massive, genial nation, ruled by Mei with an iron fist, and notable for its museums and concert halls, feral children, and devotion to social welfare. The compassionate, cynical population of 3.712 billion Shidei 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 government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked, corrupt, socially-minded, well-organized morass — juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Environment. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Isnaheim. The average income tax rate is 78.6%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The very strong Shidei economy, worth 290 trillion cookies a year, is driven almost entirely by government activity. The industrial sector, which is extremely specialized, is mostly made up of the Book Publishing industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is 78,231 cookies, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Racehorses move a lot slower these days, women give birth underneath so many blankets that the doctor can't feel the bump, business owners return from long vacations to find their factories have been turned into homeless shelters, and the nation is known as the cheapskates of The Western Isles. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Shidei's national animal is the amano shrimp, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Tribadism.

Shidei is ranked 239,161st in the world and 168th in The Western Isles for Largest Cheese Export Sector, scoring -15.85 on the Mozzarella Productivity Index.

Best Weather: 1,299thTop
Healthiest Citizens: 2,764thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 3,089thMost Beautiful Environments: 3,643rdLongest Average Lifespans: 3,997thMost Secular: 4,007thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 4,860thMost Pacifist: 4,936thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 5,323rdMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 5,854thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 6,164thMost Valuable International Artwork: 6,660thMost Advanced Public Education: 6,731stMost Inclusive: 7,220thMost Corrupt Governments: 7,543rdLargest Black Market: 8,300thMost Compassionate Citizens: 8,786thNicest Citizens: 8,960thMost Advanced Public Transport: 9,451stTop
Largest Welfare Programs: 12,963rdMost Cheerful Citizens: 13,971stLowest Crime Rates: 16,163rdMost Influential: 16,560thHighest Average Tax Rates: 16,937thMost Income Equality: 17,684thMost Cultured: 18,775thLargest Publishing Industry: 21,422ndMost Authoritarian: 23,170thHighest Poor Incomes: 23,548thSmartest Citizens: 23,919th
Best Weather: 5th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 7th in the regionTop
Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 9th in the regionMost Income Equality: 10th in the regionMost Secular: 10th in the regionLargest Black Market: 11th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 11th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 11th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 12th in the regionMost Pacifist: 13th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 13th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 14th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 15th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 17th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 17th in the region

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