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Largest Insurance Industry: 1,830th Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 2,776th Largest Manufacturing Sector: 4,785th
The Federation of
Iron Fist Consumerists
It's about to become much much worse
Civil Rights
Unheard Of
Political Freedom

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The Federation of Shockwave is a colossal, orderly nation, ruled by Morikeli Shen with an iron fist, and notable for its state-planned economy, triple-decker prams, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 6.113 billion Shockwavians 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 tiny, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Federation Canyon. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 6.3%.

The thriving Shockwavian economy, worth 816 trillion Telves 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 slick, highly efficient, broadly diversified black market in Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, Uranium Mining, and Automobile Manufacturing. 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 an impressive 133,632 Telves, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 498,514 per year while the poor average 25,116, a ratio of 19.8 to 1.

Maxtopian tourists make expensive pilgrimages to Federation Canyon to enjoy their national art, citizens have never heard foreign radio, major cities shut down as their local sports team takes to the field every day, and public incontinence is a growing problem amongst the nation's women. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force. Shockwave's national animal is the Megalodon, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Carbanism.

Shockwave is ranked 5,403rd in the world and 3rd in New World Alliance for Largest Mining Sector, scoring 10,582.55 on the Blue Sky Asbestos Index.

Largest Insurance Industry: 1,830thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 2,776thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 4,785thLargest Mining Sector: 5,403rdMost Armed: 5,977thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 5,988thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 6,367thMost Corrupt Governments: 6,554thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 6,931stMost Ignorant Citizens: 6,999thLargest Retail Industry: 7,748thFattest Citizens: 7,993rdMost Conservative: 8,266thLargest Black Market: 8,307thTop
Most Avoided: 9,039thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 9,911thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 11,107thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 11,544thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 12,034thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 12,154thHighest Economic Output: 13,497thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 14,214thHighest Average Incomes: 15,364thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 16,066thMost Authoritarian: 16,230th
Most Armed: 1st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 1st in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 1st in the regionMost Conservative: 1st in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1st in the regionTop
Most Ignorant Citizens: 2nd in the regionFattest Citizens: 2nd in the region

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