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Largest Insurance Industry: 1,741st Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 2,851st Highest Disposable Incomes: 5,125th
The Federation of
Iron Fist Consumerists
It's about to become much much worse
Ministry of public obedience
Civil Rights
Unheard Of
Political Freedom

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Population7.432 billion

CapitalFederation Canyon
LeaderMorikeli Shen


The Federation of Shockwave is a colossal, efficient nation, ruled by Morikeli Shen with an iron fist, and remarkable for its zero percent divorce rate, public floggings, and triple-decker prams. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 7.432 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 993 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 50,076th in the world and 8th in New World Alliance for Most World Assembly Endorsements, with zero Valid Endorsements.

Largest Insurance Industry: 1,741stTop
Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 2,851stHighest Disposable Incomes: 5,125thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 5,454thLargest Mining Sector: 5,623rdHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 6,080thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 6,673rdMost Armed: 6,844thLargest Black Market: 8,462ndFattest Citizens: 8,533rdLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 8,796thMost Avoided: 9,385thTop
Most Corrupt Governments: 9,539thMost Ignorant Citizens: 9,543rdLargest Retail Industry: 9,796thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 9,884thHighest Economic Output: 12,157thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 12,195thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 12,361stMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 12,860thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 13,559thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 14,423rdMost Conservative: 15,535thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 16,696thHighest Average Incomes: 17,199th
Most Extreme: 1st in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Conservative: 1st in the region

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