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Largest Pizza Delivery Sector: 3,147thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 3,218thMost Stationary: 4,836th
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A Moon Shadow

Population16.903 billion


The Shadow Ninja of A Moon Shadow is a gargantuan, efficient nation, notable for its smutty television, public floggings, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 16.903 billion Shadows 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, moralistic, pro-business, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Law & Order, Defense, and Industry. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 4.6%.

The all-consuming Shadow economy, worth a remarkable 1,830 trillion Pounds a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Gambling, Pizza Delivery, and Information Technology. Average income is an impressive 108,282 Pounds, but there is an enormous disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 563,522 per year while the poor average 11,232, a ratio of 50.2 to 1.

Genetic research has been halted, teenage fathers are forced to join the army, skateboarding is punishable by heavy fines, and graffiti artists spend lengthy periods of time in jail. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force. A Moon Shadow's national animal is the Shadow, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

A Moon Shadow is ranked 126,704th in the world and 99th in Yggdrasil for Rudest Citizens, with 47.91 Insults Per Minute.

Largest Pizza Delivery Sector: 3,147thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 3,218thMost Stationary: 4,836thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 5,266thHighest Disposable Incomes: 5,782ndMost Armed: 6,036thMost Avoided: 6,145thFattest Citizens: 6,156thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 8,119thHighest Economic Output: 9,313thLargest Insurance Industry: 9,681stTop
Largest Populations: 12,606thLargest Gambling Industry: 14,188thLargest Agricultural Sector: 14,878thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 14,955thMost Pro-Market: 16,274thMost Influential: 17,271stMost Ignorant Citizens: 18,580thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 20,373rdLargest Manufacturing Sector: 20,710thMost Conservative: 21,012thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 23,351stMost Extreme: 23,387thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 23,601stLargest Mining Sector: 23,775th
Most Pro-Market: 4th in the regionMost Extreme: 6th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 8th in the regionMost Stationary: 9th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 9th in the regionTop
Largest Pizza Delivery Sector: 12th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 13th in the regionMost Avoided: 14th in the regionFattest Citizens: 15th in the regionMost Armed: 15th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 16th in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 16th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 16th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 18th in the regionMost Conservative: 18th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 20th in the region

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