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Largest Insurance Industry: 1,791st Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 2,808th Highest Disposable Incomes: 5,100th
The Federation of
Iron Fist Consumerists
It's about to become much much worse
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Shockwave

Population7.067 billion

CapitalFederation Canyon
LeaderMorikeli Shen
FaithCarbanism

CurrencyTelf
AnimalMegalodon

The Federation of Shockwave is a colossal, efficient nation, ruled by Morikeli Shen with an iron fist, and notable for its barren, inhospitable landscape, keen interest in outer space, and parental licensing program. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 7.067 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 944 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 171,784th in the world and 18th in New World Alliance for Safest, scoring 8.65 on the Bubble-Rapp Safety Rating.

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Largest Insurance Industry: 1,791stTop
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Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 2,808thHighest Disposable Incomes: 5,100thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 5,178thLargest Mining Sector: 5,647thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 6,037thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 6,497thMost Armed: 6,644thFattest Citizens: 8,054thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 8,133rdLargest Black Market: 8,533rdLargest Retail Industry: 9,074thTop
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Most Ignorant Citizens: 9,201stMost Corrupt Governments: 9,307thMost Avoided: 9,320thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 9,878thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 11,720thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 11,856thHighest Economic Output: 12,555thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 12,653rdMost Advanced Defense Forces: 13,066thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 14,069thMost Conservative: 14,092ndGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 15,618thHighest Average Incomes: 16,533rd
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Largest Insurance Industry: 1st in the regionTop
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Highest Disposable Incomes: 2nd in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Armed: 2nd in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 2nd in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 2nd in the region

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