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Largest Soda Pop Sector: 2,716th Largest Retail Industry: 3,846th Largest Welfare Programs: 8,359th
The Principality of
Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
Messing with the Four Souls less fun than ever before.
Influence
Minnow
Civil Rights
Average
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Few

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Shikonjima

Population827 million

CapitalNashinya
LeaderPrincess Kyouko Yamura

CurrencyRyou
AnimalDragon

The Principality of Shikonjima is a huge, efficient nation, ruled by Princess Kyouko Yamura with an even hand, and remarkable for its irreverence towards religion, absence of drug laws, and punitive income tax rates. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical population of 827 million Shikonjimanese have some civil rights, but not too many, enjoy the freedom to spend their money however they like, to a point, and take part in free and open elections, although not too often.

The medium-sized, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Industry, Education, and Welfare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Nashinya. The average income tax rate is 53.1%.

The frighteningly efficient Shikonjimanese economy, worth 106 trillion Ryous a year, is led by the Retail industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Tourism, and Soda Sales. Black market activity is frequent. Average income is an impressive 128,376 Ryous, with the richest citizens earning 5.0 times as much as the poorest.

The construction of massive skyscrapers seems to be the result of Shikonjima's mid-life crisis, burial ceremonies have become as routinised as tax forms, Nashinya's main city thoroughfare has been blocked by a row of leyland cypresses that mysteriously appeared overnight, and frequent fliers are obliged to submit to invasive security procedures by government security. Crime is totally unknown. Shikonjima's national animal is the Dragon, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Shikonjima is ranked 16,866th in the world and 433rd in the West Pacific for Largest Publishing Industry, scoring 7,912.84 on the Bella Potter Productivity e-Index.

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Largest Soda Pop Sector: 2,716thLargest Retail Industry: 3,846thLargest Welfare Programs: 8,359thTop
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Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 9,331stMost Subsidized Industry: 10,593rdMost Rebellious Youth: 11,283rdFattest Citizens: 11,679thMost Efficient Economies: 11,734thMost Cultured: 12,208thMost Corrupt Governments: 12,437thLargest Gambling Industry: 12,658thRudest Citizens: 15,657thMost Developed: 16,093rdLargest Publishing Industry: 16,866th
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Largest Soda Pop Sector: 54th in the regionTop
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Largest Retail Industry: 107th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 161st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 193rd in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 228th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 239th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 262nd in the regionMost Cultured: 267th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 267th in the regionLargest Black Market: 285th in the regionFattest Citizens: 317th in the regionTop
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Rudest Citizens: 376th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 399th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 409th in the regionMost Developed: 423rd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 433rd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 434th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 529th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 570th in the regionLargest Governments: 629th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 634th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 640th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 647th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 653rd in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 667th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Shikonjima, frequent fliers are obliged to submit to invasive security procedures by government security.
  • : Following new legislation in Shikonjima, Nashinya's main city thoroughfare has been blocked by a row of leyland cypresses that mysteriously appeared overnight.
  • : Shikonjima was reclassified from "Mother Knows Best State" to "Inoffensive Centrist Democracy".
  • : Following new legislation in Shikonjima, burial ceremonies have become as routinised as tax forms.
  • : Following new legislation in Shikonjima, the construction of massive skyscrapers seems to be the result of Shikonjima's mid-life crisis.
  • : Following new legislation in Shikonjima, corporations cut costs by taking away safety-features on their products.
  • : Following new legislation in Shikonjima, conspiracy theorists allege Nashinya's new subway map resembles Satanic symbols.
  • : Following new legislation in Shikonjima, the government seizes all major gold finds.
  • : Following new legislation in Shikonjima, homeowners are evicted to make way for new runways.
  • : Shikonjima was reclassified from "Compulsory Consumerist State" to "Mother Knows Best State".

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