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Highest Crime Rates: 563rdMost Armed: 589thLargest Information Technology Sector: 699th
The Anarchy of
Left-Leaning College State
Who needs a motto anyway?
Nobody knows
Civil Rights
Political Freedom
Very Good

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Population12.01 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 rum-swilling pirates, complete lack of prisons, and otherworldly petting zoo. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, cheerful, devout population of 12.01 billion ShadowVoltians enjoy extensive civil freedoms, particularly in social issues, while business tends to be more regulated.

The minute 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 3.9%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient ShadowVoltian economy, worth a remarkable 1,606 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 133,766 Credits, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.0 times as much as the poorest.

There's an aura of pseudoscience around academia, pandemics are over and done with by the time it takes to pass the nation's stringent border security, kindergartners love the free balloons that their schools give them, and tourists visit ShadowVoltia to mass-moon ShadowVoltian politicians. 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 172,681st in the world and 602nd in 10000 Islands for Greatest Rich-Poor Divides, with 2.04 Rich To Poor Income Ratio.

Highest Crime Rates: 563rdMost Armed: 589thLargest Information Technology Sector: 699thRudest Citizens: 1,565thMost Rebellious Youth: 2,040thMost Influential: 2,081stHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 2,151stTop
Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 2,537thMost Scientifically Advanced: 2,592ndMost Cultured: 2,720thMost Cheerful Citizens: 3,128thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3,686thHealthiest Citizens: 3,747thHighest Disposable Incomes: 3,750thBest Weather: 3,788thMost Beautiful Environments: 4,269thLeast Corrupt Governments: 5,357thMost Valuable International Artwork: 6,472ndSmartest Citizens: 7,013thLargest Retail Industry: 8,113thMost Devout: 9,258thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 10,899thHighest Economic Output: 10,981stTop
Largest Black Market: 12,672ndMost Developed: 13,744thHighest Poor Incomes: 13,976thLongest Average Lifespans: 14,036thHighest Drug Use: 17,066thHighest Average Incomes: 18,528thLargest Publishing Industry: 23,912th
Most Armed: 8th in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 10th in the regionTop
Largest Information Technology Sector: 15th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 33rd in the regionRudest Citizens: 33rd in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 39th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 41st in the regionHighest Drug Use: 52nd in the regionMost Cultured: 53rd in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 53rd in the regionTop
Most Scientifically Advanced: 58th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 58th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 81st in the regionBest Weather: 83rd in the regionLargest Black Market: 88th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 97th in the regionMost Devout: 99th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 108th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 111th in the region

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