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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 3,690thMost Influential: 3,901stLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 4,034th
The Dictatorship of
Psychotic Dictatorship
Might Makes Right
Superme Overlord
Civil Rights
Political Freedom
Unheard Of

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Population5.016 billion

CapitalShadowra City
LeaderSuperme Overlord
FaithOrder of Shadowra


The Dictatorship of Shadowra is a colossal, safe nation, ruled by Superme Overlord with an iron fist, and notable for its keen interest in outer space, avant-garde cinema, and soft-spoken computers. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 5.016 billion Shadownians are ruled without fear or favor by a psychotic dictator, who outlaws just about everything and refers to the populace as "my little playthings."

The large, corrupt, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Law & Order, Defense, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Shadowra City. The average income tax rate is 75.9%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The powerhouse Shadownian economy, worth 488 trillion Bitcoins a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is highly specialized, is led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Trout Farming and Arms Manufacturing. Average income is 97,354 Bitcoins, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The nation's new Mylab space station is notorious for being the loneliest place above the planet, new pilots are regularly reminded that they are more expendable than their planes, families waiting for delayed pipe installations hope daily for rain, and government agents scour baking periodicals for subversive recipes. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Shadowra's national animal is the Dog, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Order of Shadowra.

Shadowra is ranked 170,963rd in the world and 6,370th in Lazarus for Largest Gambling Industry, scoring -3.54 on the Kelly Criterion Productivity Index.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 3,690thMost Influential: 3,901stLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 4,034thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 4,167thMost Secular: 4,775thHealthiest Citizens: 7,143rdLowest Crime Rates: 8,524thLongest Average Lifespans: 9,415thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 9,545thTop
Largest Information Technology Sector: 11,324thMost Corrupt Governments: 12,737thBest Weather: 14,230thMost Scientifically Advanced: 14,538thMost Authoritarian: 15,865thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 15,933rdSafest: 17,441stHighest Average Tax Rates: 19,072ndHighest Poor Incomes: 19,203rdMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 21,474thLargest Governments: 22,466thMost Valuable International Artwork: 22,496th
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 113th in the regionMost Influential: 125th in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 196th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 238th in the regionMost Secular: 251st in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 406th in the regionMost Stationary: 408th in the regionTop
Lowest Crime Rates: 517th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 538th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 581st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 627th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 663rd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 708th in the regionBest Weather: 785th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 844th in the region

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