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Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 12,754thMost Pro-Market: 20,876th
The Emirate of
Corporate Bordello
Justice, Piety, Loyalty
Influence
Eminence Grise
Civil Rights
Some
Economy
Thriving
Political Freedom
Excellent

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Shadow Plays

Population1.87 billion

Currencydollar
Animalcobra

The Emirate of Shadow Plays is a massive, environmentally stunning nation, remarkable for its keen interest in outer space, avowedly heterosexual populace, and otherworldly petting zoo. The hard-working, democratic population of 1.87 billion Shadow Playsians are effectively ruled by a group of massive corporations, who run for political office and provide their well-off citizens with world-class goods and services. Their poorer citizens, however, are mostly starving to death while being urged to go out and get real jobs. The populace has reasonably extensive civil rights, although these are mostly aimed at allowing them to buy whatever they like.

The medium-sized, pro-business government prioritizes Defense, although Law & Order, Welfare, and Healthcare are also considered important, while International Aid is ignored. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 30.2%.

The thriving Shadow Playsian economy, worth 91.9 trillion dollars a year, is quite specialized and led by the Woodchip Exports industry, with major contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Pizza Delivery, and Cheese Exports. Average income is 49,126 dollars, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 158,515 per year while the poor average 11,514, a ratio of 13.8 to 1.

Candidates for public office painstakingly research their family trees to ensure their eligibility, billions of dollars are being blown on orbital weapons development, prisoners due for execution often use their final statement to complain about soggy bread rolls, and sniffer dogs are trained to follow clouds of fruity-smelling vapor. Crime, especially youth-related, is well under control, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Shadow Plays's national animal is the cobra, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Shadow Plays is ranked 53,621st in the world and 3rd in German State of Saarland for Most Developed, scoring 64.16 on the Human Development Index.

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Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 1st in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Politically Free: 1st in the regionBest Weather: 1st in the regionMost Pro-Market: 1st in the regionRudest Citizens: 1st in the region

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