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Largest Pizza Delivery Sector: 93rd Most Efficient Economies: 136th Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 195th
The Kingdom of
New York Times Democracy
Que sera, sera.
King Théodore LXIX
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Population16.79 billion

LeaderKing Théodore LXIX
FaithRoman Catholicism


The Kingdom of Shemiki is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by King Théodore LXIX with a fair hand, and renowned for its anti-smoking policies, ubiquitous missile silos, and complete lack of public education. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, humorless population of 16.79 billion Shemienese enjoy a sensible mix of personal and economic freedoms, while the political process is open and the people's right to vote held sacrosanct.

The minute, corrupt government, or what there is of one, is solely concerned with Defense. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Montreuil. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Shemienese economy, worth a remarkable 5,509 trillion shikis a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Soda Sales, and Retail. Average income is an amazing 328,132 shikis, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,033,848 per year while the poor average 79,629, a ratio of 13.0 to 1.

Foreign converts are illuminated by both missionaries and helicopter searchlights, for just a few extra shikis Shemienese can get new driving records with their new cars, nature magazines featuring stick insects on their covers are sometimes mistaken for fashion magazines, and politicians preface their speeches with a declaration that any resemblance to speeches given by individuals living or dead is purely coincidental. Crime, especially youth-related, is all-pervasive, probably because of the absence of a police force. Shemiki's national animal is the cat, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Roman Catholicism.

Shemiki is ranked 2,148th in the world and 70th in Osiris for Most Scientifically Advanced, scoring 691.79 on the Kurzweil Singularity Index.

Largest Pizza Delivery Sector: 93rdMost Efficient Economies: 136thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 195thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 246thFattest Citizens: 358thHighest Disposable Incomes: 468thMost Armed: 478thLargest Gambling Industry: 638thHighest Crime Rates: 668thMost Avoided: 832ndHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 833rdLargest Insurance Industry: 946thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 977thLargest Retail Industry: 987thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1,016thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1,023rdHighest Economic Output: 1,109thHighest Average Incomes: 1,124thRudest Citizens: 1,130thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1,305thMost Rebellious Youth: 1,598thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1,678thLargest Mining Sector: 1,714thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 1,725thTop
Largest Publishing Industry: 1,975thLargest Black Market: 2,004thMost Scientifically Advanced: 2,148thMost Cultured: 2,969thLargest Information Technology Sector: 3,120thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 3,291stLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 3,937thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 5,906thSmartest Citizens: 6,597thLargest Populations: 7,016thMost Corrupt Governments: 8,165thTop
Most Secular: 9,747thMost Influential: 10,200thHighest Poor Incomes: 14,844thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 17,116th
Largest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 3rd in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 3rd in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 8th in the regionFattest Citizens: 16th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 16th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 17th in the regionMost Armed: 19th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 25th in the regionRudest Citizens: 28th in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 30th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 37th in the regionMost Avoided: 38th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 40th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 41st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 41st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 43rd in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 48th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 52nd in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 58th in the regionTop
Highest Wealthy Incomes: 63rd in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 66th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 67th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 70th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 79th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 99th in the regionMost Cultured: 101st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 107th in the regionLargest Black Market: 107th in the regionMost Influential: 121st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 149th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 159th in the regionLargest Populations: 168th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 246th in the regionTop
Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 315th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 339th in the regionMost Secular: 416th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 438th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Shemiki was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Largest Cheese Export Sector.
  • : Shemiki was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most World Assembly Endorsements.
  • : Shemiki was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Largest Mining Sector.
  • : Shemiki was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most World Assembly Endorsements.
  • : Shemiki was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Largest Manufacturing Sector.
  • : Shemiki's influence in Osiris rose from "Hatchling" to "Newcomer".
  • : Shemiki's influence in Osiris rose from "Unproven" to "Hatchling".
  • : Shemiki's influence in Osiris rose from "Zero" to "Unproven".
  • : Shemiki was refounded in Osiris.
  • : Shemiki ceased to exist in Texas.


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