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Most Avoided: 12,487thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 16,523rd
The Protectorate of
Father Knows Best State
Our rock may be radioactive, but it's home.
Influence
Minnow
Region
Civil Rights
Below Average
Economy
Strong
Political Freedom
Outlawed

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Shaknor

Population287 million

Currencysilver
Animalthree horned spine rhino

The Protectorate of Shaknor is a huge, orderly nation, remarkable for its barren, inhospitable landscape, state-planned economy, and irreverence towards religion. The hard-nosed, cynical population of 287 million Shakna are ruled by a mostly-benevolent dictator, who grants the populace the freedom to live their own lives but watches carefully for anyone to slip up.

The relatively small, corrupt, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Law & Order, Education, and Defense. The average income tax rate is 22.4%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The strong Shakna economy, worth 19.4 trillion silvers 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 Gambling, Woodchip Exports, Uranium Mining, and Information Technology. 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 67,642 silvers, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Teenagers haven't been seen outdoors since the nation reconnected to the Internet, war vets look after war animals, the family summer vacation has become a thing of the past following the introduction of the year-round school year, and maximum security fish farms leave caged salmon pining for the fjords. Crime, especially youth-related, is almost non-existent, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Shaknor's national animal is the three horned spine rhino, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

Shaknor is ranked 174,471st in the world and 5,858th in the Pacific for Most Cheerful Citizens, with 48.04 Percentage Of Water Glasses Perceived Half-Full.

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Most Avoided: 332nd in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 459th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 572nd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Shaknor, maximum security fish farms leave caged salmon pining for the fjords.
  • : Following new legislation in Shaknor, the family summer vacation has become a thing of the past following the introduction of the year-round school year.
  • : Following new legislation in Shaknor, war vets look after war animals.
  • : Following new legislation in Shaknor, teenagers haven't been seen outdoors since the nation reconnected to the Internet.
  • : Following new legislation in Shaknor, Occam's razor has sliced to pieces any childhood belief in Santa Claus and the Tooth Fairy.
  • : Following new legislation in Shaknor, high-income earners pay a 100% tax rate.
  • : Following new legislation in Shaknor, Shaknor has designated Shaknor City as its capital city.
  • : Following new legislation in Shaknor, courses in how to boil water are popular for formerly microwave-reliant Shakna.
  • : Following new legislation in Shaknor, adults have never outgrown their fear of monsters.
  • : Following new legislation in Shaknor, the diplomatic corps tends to open negotiations by insulting all the foreigners in the room.

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