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Most Armed: 3,397thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 5,533rdMost Advanced Defense Forces: 5,680th
The People's Democratic Republic of
Iron Fist Consumerists
This is only the beginning
Influence
Shoeshiner
Civil Rights
Few
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Unheard Of

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Shadow Dealer

Population3.294 billion

CapitalCrímen
LeaderPeople Worker's Council
FaithNone

CurrencyShadow Notes
AnimalCrow

The People's Democratic Republic of Shadow Dealer is a massive, efficient nation, ruled by People Worker's Council with an iron fist, and renowned for its pith helmet sales, punitive income tax rates, and devotion to social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical population of 3.294 billion Shadows 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 medium-sized, corrupt, well-organized government prioritizes Defense, with Administration, Law & Order, and Education also on the agenda. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Crímen. The average income tax rate is 71.8%.

The frighteningly efficient Shadow economy, worth 483 trillion Shadow Noteses 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 a slick, highly efficient, broadly diversified black market in Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, Book Publishing, 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 146,855 Shadow Noteses, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 3.5 times as much as the poorest.

Adults have never outgrown their fear of monsters, the poor are often seen pale and dizzy after selling their blood to make ends meet, the examiners who examine examiners are being examined by examiners, and the "Underwear of Women in Power" issue of The Crímen Times is sold out. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Shadow Dealer's national animal is the Crow, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is None.

Shadow Dealer is ranked 123,686th in the world and 149th in Institute of Cellulose for Largest Trout Fishing Sector, scoring 553.68 on the Nemo Depletion Efficiency Index.

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Most Armed: 3,397thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 5,533rdMost Advanced Defense Forces: 5,680thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 5,855thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 6,018thLargest Publishing Industry: 9,950thMost Patriotic: 10,101stMost Corrupt Governments: 10,654thTop
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Most Valuable International Artwork: 11,459thMost Inclusive: 11,989thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 12,037thLowest Crime Rates: 13,579thLargest Black Market: 13,696thMost Developed: 13,799thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 14,368thHighest Average Incomes: 14,982ndLargest Retail Industry: 15,836thMost Scientifically Advanced: 15,960thLargest Governments: 16,849thLargest Information Technology Sector: 18,187thHighest Food Quality: 18,356thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 20,269thHighest Poor Incomes: 20,287thSmartest Citizens: 20,873rdMost Efficient Economies: 20,916th
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Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 11th in the regionTop
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Largest Publishing Industry: 14th in the regionMost Armed: 16th in the regionMost Inclusive: 16th in the regionHighest Food Quality: 21st in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 24th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 25th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 26th in the region

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