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Highest Crime Rates: 574thMost Armed: 616thLargest Information Technology Sector: 762nd
The Anarchy of
Left-Leaning College State
Who needs a motto anyway?
Nobody knows
Civil Rights
Political Freedom
Very Good

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Population12.828 billion

LeaderNobody knows


The Anarchy of ShadowVoltia is a gargantuan, socially progressive nation, ruled by Nobody knows with an even hand, and remarkable for its keen interest in outer space, otherworldly petting zoo, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, cheerful, devout population of 12.828 billion ShadowVoltians enjoy extensive civil freedoms, particularly in social issues, while business tends to be more regulated.

The minute, liberal government, or what there is of one, juggles the competing demands of Education, Industry, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Utopia. The average income tax rate is 4.0%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient ShadowVoltian economy, worth a remarkable 1,745 trillion Credits a year, is highly specialized and mostly made up of the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Tourism, Retail, and Book Publishing. Black market activity is notable. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 136,086 Credits, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.0 times as much as the poorest.

Nobody knows has a wardrobe full of fake designer suits, recognizing the ShadowVoltian flag qualifies you for citizenship, most households' childcare costs are higher than their mortgage payments, and the official ShadowVoltian Phrase Book weighs as much as a small child. Crime, especially youth-related, is all-pervasive, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. ShadowVoltia's national animal is the Haxus, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Capitalism.

ShadowVoltia is ranked 242,106th in the world and 1,426th in 10000 Islands for Lowest Crime Rates, with 3.14 law-abiding acts per hour.

Highest Crime Rates: 574thMost Armed: 616thLargest Information Technology Sector: 762ndRudest Citizens: 1,624thMost Influential: 1,943rdMost Rebellious Youth: 2,017thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 2,267thTop
Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 2,523rdMost Scientifically Advanced: 2,616thMost Cultured: 2,747thMost Cheerful Citizens: 3,164thHighest Disposable Incomes: 3,627thHealthiest Citizens: 3,812thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3,864thBest Weather: 3,964thMost Beautiful Environments: 4,386thHighest Food Quality: 5,501stLeast Corrupt Governments: 5,792ndSmartest Citizens: 6,689thMost Valuable International Artwork: 7,139thLargest Retail Industry: 7,838thMost Devout: 9,431stHighest Economic Output: 10,380thLargest Black Market: 11,065thTop
Highest Poor Incomes: 12,983rdMost Developed: 13,059thLongest Average Lifespans: 13,115thLargest Publishing Industry: 15,000thHighest Drug Use: 17,408thHighest Average Incomes: 17,849thMost Stationary: 22,679thLargest Populations: 23,918th
Most Armed: 10th in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 10th in the regionTop
Largest Information Technology Sector: 17th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 36th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 39th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 40th in the regionRudest Citizens: 41st in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 47th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 59th in the regionMost Cultured: 61st in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 62nd in the regionTop
Most Scientifically Advanced: 75th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 87th in the regionLargest Black Market: 90th in the regionMost Devout: 92nd in the regionBest Weather: 95th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 109th in the regionHighest Food Quality: 115th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 115th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 130th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 130th in the regionMost Influential: 142nd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 142nd in the region

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