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Most Scientifically Advanced: 48thLargest Insurance Industry: 50thMost Corrupt Governments: 67th
The Empire of
Iron Fist Consumerists
Im a friendly fascist for I do know what’s best for you
God King Antony
Influence
Truckler
Civil Rights
Unheard Of
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Unheard Of

Overview Factbook Policies People Government Economy Rank Trend Cards

Shiya

Population19.331 billion

CapitalGojira
LeaderGod King Antony
FaithImperial Cult

CurrencyFuh
AnimalNine tailed fox

The Empire of Shiya is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by God King Antony with an iron fist, and renowned for its zero percent divorce rate, parental licensing program, and absence of drug laws. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 19.331 billion Zyans are kept under strict control by the oppressive government, which measures its success by the nation's GDP and refers to individual citizens as "human resources."

The relatively small, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Education, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Gojira. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 4.7%.

The frighteningly efficient Zyian economy, worth an astonishing 10,791 trillion Fuhs a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is a large, well-organized, broadly diversified black market in Information Technology, Arms Manufacturing, Uranium Mining, and Retail. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is a breathtaking 558,229 Fuhs, with the richest citizens earning 6.8 times as much as the poorest.

Captains must wait until all rats are safe before jumping ship, the controversial show 'Who Wants to be an Immigrant?' has become wildly popular, funeral directors are frequently looking at their watches during funerals, and the military will start wars with other nations on a lark. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, despite the fact that it is difficult to make it through a day without breaking one of the country's many laws. Shiya's national animal is the Nine tailed fox, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Imperial Cult.

Shiya is ranked 167,958th in the world and 301st in Confederation of Corrupt Dictators for Most Pro-Market, scoring -62 on the Rand Index.

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Most Scientifically Advanced: 48thLargest Insurance Industry: 50thMost Corrupt Governments: 67thHighest Disposable Incomes: 89thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 135thLargest Mining Sector: 161stLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 169thHighest Average Incomes: 183rdMost Efficient Economies: 201stMost Secular: 221stMost Avoided: 285thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 290thLargest Information Technology Sector: 304thHighest Economic Output: 347thLowest Crime Rates: 374thSmartest Citizens: 421stFattest Citizens: 459thLargest Retail Industry: 470thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 479thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 554thLargest Black Market: 882ndLargest Governments: 898thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1,065thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1,104thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1,367thHighest Poor Incomes: 1,369thMost Subsidized Industry: 1,394thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1,752ndMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1,816thTop
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Most Influential: 2,223rdLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 2,599thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 3,071stMost Advanced Public Education: 3,686thLargest Publishing Industry: 3,891stMost Cultured: 4,194thRudest Citizens: 4,722ndLargest Populations: 6,765thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 6,844thLargest Agricultural Sector: 7,145thLargest Gambling Industry: 7,889thMost Valuable International Artwork: 7,971stMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 9,926thTop
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Most Advanced Public Transport: 10,742ndMost Conservative: 14,586thMost Authoritarian: 15,688th
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Most Scientifically Advanced: 1st in the regionMost Secular: 1st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 2nd in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 2nd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 2nd in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 2nd in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 2nd in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 3rd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 3rd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 3rd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 3rd in the regionFattest Citizens: 3rd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 3rd in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 3rd in the regionTop
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Most Avoided: 5th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 5th in the regionLargest Populations: 5th in the regionLargest Governments: 6th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 7th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 7th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 7th in the regionMost Stationary: 8th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 8th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 9th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 9th in the regionMost Cultured: 10th in the regionMost Influential: 10th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 12th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 12th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 12th in the regionLargest Black Market: 12th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 18th in the regionTop
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Highest Wealthy Incomes: 21st in the regionRudest Citizens: 21st in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 23rd in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 29th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 34th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 36th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Shiya, the military will start wars with other nations on a lark.
  • : Following new legislation in Shiya, funeral directors are frequently looking at their watches during funerals.
  • : Following new legislation in Shiya, the controversial show 'Who Wants to be an Immigrant?' has become wildly popular.
  • : Following new legislation in Shiya, captains must wait until all rats are safe before jumping ship.
  • : Following new legislation in Shiya, all telephone traffic is monitored for 'national security reasons'.
  • : Following new legislation in Shiya, gene-engineered sewerjacks don't smell but they do stink.
  • : Following new legislation in Shiya, military pilots spend more time scraping feathers off their engines than flying their aircraft.
  • : Following new legislation in Shiya, mandatory patriotic themes make even the newest movies feel like remakes.
  • : Following new legislation in Shiya, tens of thousands of Zyans rock the night away at the annual SuperLob.
  • : Following new legislation in Shiya, smoking is banned in public areas.

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