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Largest Insurance Industry: 1,824th Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 2,853rd Largest Manufacturing Sector: 4,966th
The Federation of
Iron Fist Consumerists
It's about to become much much worse
Influence
Diplomat
Department of public obedience
Civil Rights
Unheard Of
Economy
Thriving
Political Freedom
Outlawed

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The Federation of Shockwave is a colossal, orderly nation, ruled by Morikeli Shen with an iron fist, and renowned for its parental licensing program, state-planned economy, and ubiquitous missile silos. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 6.51 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 869 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 25,358th in the world and 8th in New World Alliance for Most Influential, scoring 740 on the Soft Power Disbursement Rating.

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Largest Insurance Industry: 1,824thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 2,853rdLargest Manufacturing Sector: 4,966thLargest Mining Sector: 5,571stHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 6,029thMost Armed: 6,404thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 6,542ndMost Corrupt Governments: 6,813thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 7,393rdMost Ignorant Citizens: 7,941stFattest Citizens: 8,233rdLargest Retail Industry: 8,358thLargest Black Market: 8,513thTop
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Most Avoided: 9,233rdLowest Overall Tax Burden: 9,607thMost Conservative: 9,642ndLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 11,413thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 11,830thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 12,519thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 12,651stHighest Economic Output: 13,188thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 14,126thHighest Average Incomes: 15,761stGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 16,489th
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Largest Insurance Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionTop
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Most Conservative: 2nd in the regionMost Armed: 2nd in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 2nd in the region

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