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Largest Insurance Industry: 1,657th Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 2,638th Highest Disposable Incomes: 4,896th
The Federation of
Iron Fist Consumerists
It's about to become much much worse
Influence
Instigator
Ministry of public obedience
Civil Rights
Unheard Of
Economy
Thriving
Political Freedom
Outlawed

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Shockwave

Population7.774 billion

CapitalFederation Canyon
LeaderMorikeli Shen
FaithCarbanism

CurrencyTelf
AnimalMegalodon

The Federation of Shockwave is a colossal, orderly nation, ruled by Morikeli Shen with an iron fist, and notable for its public floggings, flagrant waste-dumping, and frequent executions. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 7.774 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 a remarkable 1,038 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 27,059th in the world and 4th in New World Alliance for Largest Information Technology Sector, scoring 11,739.35 on the Fann-Boi Productivity Index.

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Largest Insurance Industry: 1,657thTop
5%
Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 2,638thHighest Disposable Incomes: 4,896thLargest Mining Sector: 5,368thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 5,448thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 5,693rdMost Armed: 6,255thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 6,313thFattest Citizens: 8,021stLargest Black Market: 8,175thTop
10%
Most Ignorant Citizens: 8,496thMost Avoided: 8,569thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 8,712thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 8,764thMost Corrupt Governments: 9,241stLargest Retail Industry: 9,683rdLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 11,330thHighest Economic Output: 11,680thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 11,886thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 12,071stMost Advanced Defense Forces: 12,912thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 13,033rdMost Conservative: 14,075thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 14,861st
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Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 1st in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionMost Conservative: 1st in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1st in the regionMost Armed: 1st in the regionMost Extreme: 1st in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 1st in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 1st in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Shockwave was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Ignorant Citizens.
  • : Shockwave was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Ignorant Citizens.
  • : Shockwave was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Corrupt Governments.
  • : Shockwave was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Ignorant Citizens.
  • : Shockwave lodged a message on the New World Alliance Regional Message Board.
  • : Shockwave was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Corrupt Governments.
  • : Shockwave was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Avoided.
  • : The Federation of Snarfia renamed the office held by Shockwave from "Department of public obedience" to "Ministry of public obedience" in New World Alliance.
  • : Shockwave's influence in New World Alliance rose from "Contender" to "Instigator".
  • : Shockwave's influence in New World Alliance rose from "Auxiliary" to "Contender".

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