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Most Authoritarian: 2,597thMost Conservative: 7,333rdMost Income Equality: 10,098th
The Shadows Commander of
Psychotic Dictatorship
In the black wind the stars shall die
Visoraxus Holoratus Starkiller
Supreme High Field Commander in Chief
Civil Rights
Basket Case
Political Freedom

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Population4.776 billion

LeaderVisoraxus Holoratus Starkiller


The Shadows Commander of Visoraxus is a massive, safe nation, ruled by Visoraxus Holoratus Starkiller with an iron fist, and remarkable for its keen interest in outer space, compulsory military service, and stringent health and safety legislation. The hard-nosed, cynical, devout population of 4.776 billion Visoraxusians are ruled without fear or favor by a psychotic dictator, who outlaws just about everything and refers to the populace as "my little playthings."

The enormous, corrupt, moralistic, socially-minded, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Spirituality, and Law & Order. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Durmengrad. The average income tax rate is 72.9%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The sizeable but stagnant Visoraxusian economy, worth 81.9 trillion dollars a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is quite specialized, is led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Uranium Mining, Trout Farming, and Cheese Exports. Average income is 17,147 dollars, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Mantis shrimp studies is academia's fastest-growing field, vital intelligence-gathering activities are put on hold as agents return home for seduction training and advanced poker instruction, foreigners are treated with great suspicion, and signs stating "You Must be This Tall to Enter" have started appearing outside retirement homes. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Visoraxus's national animal is the robot, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Visoraxus is ranked 34,972nd in the world and 2nd in The Shadows for Lowest Crime Rates, with 73.61 law-abiding acts per hour.

Most Authoritarian: 2,597thMost Conservative: 7,333rdMost Income Equality: 10,098thTop
Most Extreme: 17,592ndMost Ignorant Citizens: 19,576thMost Cheerful Citizens: 22,360thHighest Average Tax Rates: 24,359th

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