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Largest Insurance Industry: 1,808th Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 2,816th Largest Manufacturing Sector: 4,684th
The Federation of
Iron Fist Consumerists
It's about to become much much worse
Regional Influence
Civil Rights
Unheard Of
Political Freedom

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The Federation of Shockwave is a colossal, efficient nation, ruled by Morikeli Shen with an iron fist, and notable for its anti-smoking policies, frequent executions, and spontaneously combusting cars. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 5.791 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 773 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 38,331st in the world and 16th in New World Alliance for Most Efficient Economies, scoring 87.22 on the Krugman-Greenspan Business Outlook Index.

Largest Insurance Industry: 1,808thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 2,816thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 4,684thLargest Mining Sector: 5,228thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 5,961stMost Armed: 5,997thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 6,447thMost Ignorant Citizens: 6,473rdMost Corrupt Governments: 6,480thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 6,681stMost Conservative: 7,003rdLargest Retail Industry: 7,508thTop
Fattest Citizens: 7,954thLargest Black Market: 8,234thMost Avoided: 8,892ndLowest Overall Tax Burden: 9,940thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 10,452ndMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 11,559thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 11,821stMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 12,032ndLargest Soda Pop Sector: 13,369thHighest Economic Output: 13,988thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 14,106thMost Authoritarian: 14,263rd
Most Conservative: 1st in the regionTop
Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 2nd in the regionMost Armed: 2nd in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 2nd in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 2nd in the region

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