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Largest Retail Industry: 2,703rdLargest Soda Pop Sector: 2,734thRudest Citizens: 4,970th
The Principality of
Capitalist Paradise
Messing with the Four Souls less fun than ever before.
Influence
Eminence Grise
Region
Civil Rights
Very Good
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Below Average

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Shikonjima

Population2.551 billion

CapitalNashinya
LeaderPrincess Kyouko Yamura
FaithThe Cult of the Four Souls

CurrencyRyou
AnimalDragon

The Principality of Shikonjima is a massive, efficient nation, ruled by Princess Kyouko Yamura with an even hand, and remarkable for its barren, inhospitable landscape, frequent executions, and absence of drug laws. The hard-nosed, hard-working population of 2.551 billion Shikonjimanese are either ruled by a sleek, efficient government or a conglomerate of multinational corporations; it's difficult to tell which.

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 67.2%.

The frighteningly efficient Shikonjimanese economy, worth 370 trillion Ryous a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Retail industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Book Publishing, and Soda Sales. Black market activity is extensive. Average income is an impressive 145,065 Ryous, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 3.9 times as much as the poorest.

Tampons are used as cheap fishing bobbers, artists from across the nation compete to renovate the restrooms of old government buildings, mouldy bread is served as an appetizer in many restaurants, and major cities shut down as their local sports team takes to the field every day. Crime is totally unknown. Shikonjima's national animal is the Dragon, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is The Cult of the Four Souls.

Shikonjima is ranked 35,970th in the world and 4th in Someplace for Most Pro-Market, scoring 67.44 on the Rand Index.

Top
5%
Largest Retail Industry: 2,703rdLargest Soda Pop Sector: 2,734thRudest Citizens: 4,970thFattest Citizens: 5,159thMost Subsidized Industry: 5,658thMost Efficient Economies: 6,398thLargest Welfare Programs: 8,963rdMost Valuable International Artwork: 9,866thMost Cultured: 10,024thMost Cheerful Citizens: 10,051stLargest Publishing Industry: 10,051stTop
10%
Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 10,470thMost Rebellious Youth: 11,411thMost Corrupt Governments: 11,912thLargest Black Market: 12,400thLargest Mining Sector: 12,414thHighest Average Incomes: 14,667thMost Advanced Public Transport: 15,314thHighest Drug Use: 15,511thLargest Information Technology Sector: 16,814thMost Developed: 16,864thMost Scientifically Advanced: 18,022ndLargest Governments: 19,539thSmartest Citizens: 19,636thHighest Poor Incomes: 19,873rd
Top
10%
Largest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 1st in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 1st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 1st in the regionMost Secular: 1st in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Shikonjima was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector.
  • : Shikonjima's influence in Someplace rose from "Contender" to "Eminence Grise".
  • : Shikonjima was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Black Market.
  • : Shikonjima was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Largest Soda Pop Sector.
  • : Shikonjima was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Secular.
  • : Shikonjima was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Corrupt Governments and Largest Mining Sector and the Top 10% for Largest Manufacturing Sector.
  • : Shikonjima was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Rebellious Youth.
  • : Shikonjima was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Advanced Public Education.
  • : Shikonjima was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Cheerful Citizens, Most Cultured, and Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector and the Top 10% for Largest Governments and Smartest Citizens.
  • : Shikonjima was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Highest Poor Incomes.

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