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Largest Pizza Delivery Sector: 115th Most Efficient Economies: 144th Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 240th
The Kingdom of
New York Times Democracy
Que sera, sera.
King Théodore LXIX
Influence
Squire
Region
Civil Rights
Very Good
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Superb

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Shemiki

Population14.972 billion

CapitalMontreuil
LeaderKing Théodore LXIX
FaithRoman Catholicism

Currencyshiki
Animalcat

The Kingdom of Shemiki is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by King Théodore LXIX with a fair hand, and remarkable for its unlimited-speed roads, prohibition of alcohol, and public floggings. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, humorless population of 14.972 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 4,893 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 326,866 shikis, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,080,759 per year while the poor average 73,901, a ratio of 14.6 to 1.

Party leaders rely on horoscopes to create "ticket balance", politicians "baring all" for the camera isn't always a figure of speech, artists are pillars of society, and blind students are at a disadvantage now that test papers printed in braille have been discontinued. 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 1,788th in the world and 12th in Texas for Largest Mining Sector, scoring 18,778.97 on the Blue Sky Asbestos Index.

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Largest Pizza Delivery Sector: 115thMost Efficient Economies: 144thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 240thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 248thFattest Citizens: 351stHighest Disposable Incomes: 503rdMost Armed: 509thLargest Retail Industry: 731stLargest Gambling Industry: 742ndHighest Crime Rates: 742ndRudest Citizens: 771stHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 804thMost Avoided: 805thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 855thHighest Average Incomes: 1,034thLargest Insurance Industry: 1,056thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1,079thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1,253rdHighest Economic Output: 1,263rdHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1,313thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1,510thMost Rebellious Youth: 1,690thLargest Mining Sector: 1,788thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 1,838thTop
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Most Scientifically Advanced: 1,930thLargest Black Market: 2,171stLargest Publishing Industry: 2,216thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2,762ndLargest Information Technology Sector: 2,856thMost Cultured: 3,107thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 4,265thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 6,446thSmartest Citizens: 6,682ndLargest Populations: 7,616thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 7,720thMost Corrupt Governments: 8,268thMost Influential: 8,376thMost Secular: 9,174thTop
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Highest Poor Incomes: 17,520th
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Largest Pizza Delivery Sector: 3rd in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 4th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 5th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 5th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 6th in the regionFattest Citizens: 6th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 6th in the regionMost Armed: 7th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 7th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 7th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 7th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 7th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 7th in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 7th in the regionMost Avoided: 8th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 8th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 9th in the regionRudest Citizens: 9th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 9th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 10th in the regionLargest Black Market: 10th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 11th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 11th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 11th in the regionTop
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Largest Mining Sector: 12th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 12th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 12th in the regionMost Cultured: 14th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 14th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 15th in the regionMost Secular: 15th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 15th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 18th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 20th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 22nd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 22nd in the region

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