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Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 78thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 80thMost Corrupt Governments: 109th
The Imperial State of
Corporate Police State
burn the traitors
Robert I
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Hermit
Founder
Region
Civil Rights
Unheard Of
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Unheard Of

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Shark-istan

Population9.01 billion

CapitalGracidaea
LeaderRobert I
Faiththe church of glorious ruler

CurrencyCredit
AnimalGreat white shark

The Imperial State of Shark-istan is a colossal, orderly nation, ruled by Robert I with an iron fist, and renowned for its closed borders, barren, inhospitable landscape, and sprawling nuclear power plants. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 9.01 billion Citizens are ruled with an iron fist by the corrupt, dictatorship government, which oppresses anyone who isn't on the board of a Fortune 500 company. Large corporations tend to be above the law, and use their financial clout to gain ever-increasing government benefits at the expense of the poor and unemployed.

The tiny, corrupt, moralistic, pro-business, well-organized government is primarily concerned with Defense, with Law & Order and Industry also on the agenda, while Environment and Social Policy are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Gracidaea. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Imperial economy, worth a remarkable 3,845 trillion Credits a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and dominated by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Retail, Information Technology, and Uranium Mining. Average income is an amazing 426,777 Credits, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 3,977,608 per year while the poor average 4,091, a ratio of 972 to 1.

Mandatory state-funded classes teach Libertarianism, art criticism in Shark-istan is scathingly destructive, vaccinations are mandatory, and major polluting industries have painted a lot of their machines green to give an impression of caring about the environment. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, despite the fact that it is difficult to make it through a day without breaking one of the country's many laws. Shark-istan's national animal is the Great white shark, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is the church of glorious ruler.

Shark-istan is ranked 196th in the world and 1st in Gracidaea for Fattest Citizens, with 94.22 Obesity Rate.

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Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 78thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 80thMost Corrupt Governments: 109thMost Avoided: 121stHighest Disposable Incomes: 190thFattest Citizens: 196thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 215thLargest Retail Industry: 274thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 305thRudest Citizens: 308thLargest Insurance Industry: 309thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 310thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 412thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 418thMost Armed: 435thMost Devout: 493rdLargest Mining Sector: 524thLargest Agricultural Sector: 616thHighest Average Incomes: 617thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 635thLargest Gambling Industry: 992ndLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1,090thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1,252ndLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1,351stMost Efficient Economies: 1,380thMost Scientifically Advanced: 1,458thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1,541stLargest Cheese Export Sector: 2,292ndTop
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Most Valuable International Artwork: 2,598thHighest Economic Output: 3,238thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 3,690thLargest Governments: 4,609thLargest Information Technology Sector: 5,678thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 9,298thMost Conservative: 9,893rdTop
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Lowest Crime Rates: 13,908thLargest Black Market: 16,355thMost Subsidized Industry: 17,082ndMost Pro-Market: 18,876thMost Extreme: 22,782nd

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Shark-istan, major polluting industries have painted a lot of their machines green to give an impression of caring about the environment.
  • : Following new legislation in Shark-istan, vaccinations are mandatory.
  • : Following new legislation in Shark-istan, art criticism in Shark-istan is scathingly destructive.
  • : Following new legislation in Shark-istan, mandatory state-funded classes teach Libertarianism.
  • : Following new legislation in Shark-istan, for just a few extra Credits Citizens can get new driving records with their new cars.
  • : Following new legislation in Shark-istan, people are arrested for looking too sternly at whales.
  • : Following new legislation in Shark-istan, many politicians are in rehab for minor drug offenses.
  • : Following new legislation in Shark-istan, military spending recently hit a new high.
  • : Following new legislation in Shark-istan, the nation's new Mylab space station is notorious for being the loneliest place above the planet.
  • : Following new legislation in Shark-istan, the arms industry is backed by government subsidies and harsh anti-protest laws are in place.

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