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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 924th Most Corrupt Governments: 975th Largest Insurance Industry: 1,183rd
The Incorporated States of
Iron Fist Consumerists
Shuell stands strong!
President Sloan
Influence
Apprentice
Civil Rights
Few
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Unheard Of

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Shuell

Population2.37 billion

CapitalCentral
LeaderPresident Sloan
FaithSzilankism

Currencycredit
Animalcrow

The Incorporated States of Shuell is a massive, cultured nation, ruled by President Sloan with an iron fist, and renowned for its museums and concert halls, ritual sacrifices, and strictly enforced bedtime. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 2.37 billion Shuellians 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 medium-sized, corrupt, well-organized government prioritizes Defense, although Law & Order, Education, and Administration are also considered important. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Central. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 90.7%.

The frighteningly efficient Shuellian economy, worth 685 trillion credits a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology, Retail, and Book Publishing. Black market activity is rampant. Average income is an amazing 289,312 credits, with the richest citizens earning 6.3 times as much as the poorest.

Travelers often bring empty plastic bottles on Air Shuell flights to avoid the pay lavatories, scientists regularly clone human beings for research purposes, dangerous criminals are often 'accidentally' sent on one-way trips to Maxtopia, and creating cardboard imitations of missiles is a new top-secret military project. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Shuell's national animal is the crow, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Szilankism.

Shuell is ranked 43,951st in the world and 18th in International Democratic Union for Most Extreme, scoring 25.53 on the Paul-Nader Subjective Decentrality Index.

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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 924thMost Corrupt Governments: 975thLargest Insurance Industry: 1,183rdLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1,348thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1,590thTop
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Highest Average Incomes: 1,785thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 1,946thLargest Black Market: 2,079thLowest Crime Rates: 2,900thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 3,121stLargest Retail Industry: 3,322ndMost Subsidized Industry: 3,574thMost Devout: 3,913thLargest Governments: 3,920thLargest Agricultural Sector: 4,020thLargest Mining Sector: 4,067thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 4,527thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 5,375thLargest Information Technology Sector: 5,677thMost Scientifically Advanced: 6,439thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 6,875thSmartest Citizens: 7,278thHighest Average Tax Rates: 7,710thHighest Poor Incomes: 7,929thMost Influential: 7,959thMost Advanced Public Education: 8,023rdMost Cultured: 8,102ndTop
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Largest Publishing Industry: 8,981stMost Efficient Economies: 10,374thMost Developed: 11,072ndHealthiest Citizens: 11,162ndMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 11,404thMost Advanced Public Transport: 12,089thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 13,164thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 13,561stRudest Citizens: 15,957th
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Most Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 1st in the regionTop
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Largest Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 2nd in the regionLargest Black Market: 3rd in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 4th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 4th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 4th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 4th in the regionMost Conservative: 6th in the regionLargest Governments: 6th in the regionTop
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Most Devout: 7th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 7th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 8th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 8th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 9th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 10th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 11th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Shuell, creating cardboard imitations of missiles is a new top-secret military project.
  • : Following new legislation in Shuell, dangerous criminals are often 'accidentally' sent on one-way trips to Maxtopia.
  • : Following new legislation in Shuell, scientists regularly clone human beings for research purposes.
  • : Following new legislation in Shuell, travelers often bring empty plastic bottles on Air Shuell flights to avoid the pay lavatories.
  • : Following new legislation in Shuell, ice-filled coffins are ominously positioned in the corner of every hospital ward.
  • : Following new legislation in Shuell, restaurants are required to specify whether their toilet paper was made in Shuell.
  • : Shuell was reclassified from "Corporate Police State" to "Iron Fist Consumerists".
  • : Following new legislation in Shuell, competing private ambulances racing to be the first to traffic accidents are a major cause of road accidents.
  • : Shuell was reclassified from "Iron Fist Consumerists" to "Corporate Police State".
  • : Following new legislation in Shuell, Brancaland has gifted over nine thousand putrid moose carcasses to Shuell as a reminder of their "special relationship".

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