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Largest Retail Industry: 157th Highest Unexpected Death Rate: 167th Most Corrupt Governments: 181st
The Imperial State of
Corporate Police State
see that nation right there? invade and annex it.
Kaiser Robert I
Founder / primary military power
Civil Rights
Political Freedom
Unheard Of

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Population5.614 billion

LeaderKaiser Robert I
FaithThe Imperial Church

AnimalGreat white shark

The Imperial State of Shark-istan is a colossal, orderly nation, ruled by Kaiser Robert I with an iron fist, and remarkable for its barren, inhospitable landscape, aversion to nipples, and suspicion of poets. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 5.614 billion Citizens are ruled with an iron fist by the corrupt, dictatorship government, which oppresses anyone who isn't on the board of a Fortune 500 company. Large corporations tend to be above the law, and use their financial clout to gain ever-increasing government benefits at the expense of the poor and unemployed.

The relatively small, corrupt, moralistic, pro-business, well-organized government prioritizes Defense, with Law & Order and Industry also on the agenda, while Environment and Social Policy aren't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Gracidaea. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 17.3%.

The frighteningly efficient Imperial economy, worth a remarkable 2,259 trillion Credits a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Retail, Uranium Mining, and Information Technology. Black market activity is rampant. Average income is an amazing 402,436 Credits, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,878,349 per year while the poor average 51,611, a ratio of 36.4 to 1.

Caroling is considered a public disturbance, property subletting is going underground, one complaint of Shark-istan's new periodic table is it's easy to confuse fearlessleaderium with gloriousleaderium, and newborns are being raised as mindless killing machines. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force. Shark-istan's national animal is the Great white shark, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is The Imperial Church.

Shark-istan is ranked 18,480th in the world and 1st in Derovania for Most Pro-Market, scoring 76.22 on the Rand Index.

Largest Retail Industry: 157thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 167thMost Corrupt Governments: 181stMost Avoided: 193rdLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 283rdHighest Wealthy Incomes: 304thFattest Citizens: 308thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 330thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 338thLargest Insurance Industry: 377thHighest Disposable Incomes: 443rdLargest Mining Sector: 502ndMost Devout: 534thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 553rdHighest Average Incomes: 564thRudest Citizens: 566thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 917thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1,071stMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1,138thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1,225thTop
Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 1,905thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1,923rdLargest Black Market: 2,020thLargest Gambling Industry: 2,397thLargest Agricultural Sector: 2,578thLargest Governments: 2,858thMost Subsidized Industry: 2,941stLowest Crime Rates: 4,816thHighest Economic Output: 5,304thMost Scientifically Advanced: 5,354thMost Conservative: 5,692ndMost Ignorant Citizens: 6,007thMost Efficient Economies: 7,452ndTop
Largest Information Technology Sector: 9,339thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 10,401stLargest Cheese Export Sector: 10,589thMost Extreme: 15,156thMost Armed: 16,044th

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Shark-istan was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Armed.
  • : Following new legislation in Shark-istan, newborns are being raised as mindless killing machines.
  • : Following new legislation in Shark-istan, one complaint of Shark-istan's new periodic table is it's easy to confuse fearlessleaderium with gloriousleaderium.
  • : Following new legislation in Shark-istan, property subletting is going underground.
  • : Following new legislation in Shark-istan, caroling is considered a public disturbance.
  • : Following new legislation in Shark-istan, the studies of art and philosophy are banned.
  • : Following new legislation in Shark-istan, suppression of pro-democracy protests is a daily occurrence.
  • : Following new legislation in Shark-istan, forecasts predict rains of loose lead and mortar shells for the next six weeks.
  • : Following new legislation in Shark-istan, politicians are often seen with soldiers pointing guns at their heads.
  • : Following new legislation in Shark-istan, the nation's navy has been named the scourge of the seven thousand seas.


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