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Largest Pizza Delivery Sector: 90th Most Efficient Economies: 138th Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 191st
The Kingdom of
New York Times Democracy
Que sera, sera.
King Théodore LXIX
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Population17.253 billion

LeaderKing Théodore LXIX
FaithRoman Catholicism


The Kingdom of Shemiki is a gargantuan, socially progressive nation, ruled by King Théodore LXIX with a fair hand, and renowned for its unlimited-speed roads, keen interest in outer space, and prohibition of alcohol. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, humorless population of 17.253 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 5,661 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 168,149th in the world and 5,384th in Balder for Most Cheerful Citizens, with 22.24 Percentage Of Water Glasses Perceived Half-Full.

Largest Pizza Delivery Sector: 90thMost Efficient Economies: 138thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 191stLargest Soda Pop Sector: 248thFattest Citizens: 362ndHighest Disposable Incomes: 470thMost Armed: 490thLargest Gambling Industry: 636thHighest Crime Rates: 663rdHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 801stMost Avoided: 802ndLargest Insurance Industry: 900thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 977thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 986thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1,022ndLargest Retail Industry: 1,024thHighest Economic Output: 1,113thHighest Average Incomes: 1,151stRudest Citizens: 1,251stHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1,255thMost Rebellious Youth: 1,535thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 1,657thTop
Largest Mining Sector: 1,710thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1,812thLargest Publishing Industry: 1,957thLargest Black Market: 2,103rdMost Scientifically Advanced: 2,240thMost Cultured: 2,944thLargest Information Technology Sector: 3,214thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 3,620thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 3,956thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 5,849thSmartest Citizens: 6,631stLargest Populations: 6,991stMost Corrupt Governments: 8,439thTop
Most Secular: 10,257thHighest Poor Incomes: 15,210thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 17,022nd
Largest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 2nd in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 5th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 7th in the regionFattest Citizens: 10th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 11th in the regionMost Armed: 15th in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 21st in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 22nd in the regionMost Avoided: 25th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 27th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 28th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 30th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 31st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 33rd in the regionRudest Citizens: 34th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 37th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 40th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 40th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 53rd in the regionTop
Most Rebellious Youth: 57th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 58th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 65th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 76th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 77th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 78th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 103rd in the regionLargest Black Market: 110th in the regionMost Cultured: 112th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 157th in the regionLargest Populations: 178th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 194th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 263rd in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 274th in the regionTop
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 388th in the regionMost Secular: 422nd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 488th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Shemiki was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most World Assembly Endorsements.
  • : Shemiki's influence in Balder rose from "Nipper" to "Minnow".
  • : Shemiki was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most World Assembly Endorsements.
  • : Shemiki published "Censuses" (Factbook: Miscellaneous).
  • : 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 Cheese Export Sector.
  • : Shemiki's influence in Balder rose from "Newcomer" to "Nipper".
  • : Shemiki was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Largest Mining Sector.
  • : Shemiki's influence in Balder rose from "Hatchling" to "Newcomer".
  • : Shemiki's influence in Balder rose from "Unproven" to "Hatchling".


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