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Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 7,984th Largest Insurance Industry: 8,669th Highest Disposable Incomes: 9,097th
The Interuniversal Shogunate of
Iron Fist Consumerists
Courage, Duty, Honour!
Influence
Handshaker
Civil Rights
Rare
Economy
Powerhouse
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Zipangese Star Empire

Population3.393 billion

CapitalZipang Prime
LeaderShogun Kyoko Takatsukasa
FaithShinto

CurrencyZSE Imperial Standard Yen
AnimalGreen Phesant

The Interuniversal Shogunate of Zipangese Star Empire is a massive, efficient nation, ruled by Shogun Kyoko Takatsukasa with an iron fist, and notable for its frequent executions, complete lack of prisons, and irreverence towards religion. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical population of 3.393 billion Zipangese 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, moralistic, well-organized government prioritizes Defense, although Law & Order, Industry, and Education are also considered important, while Spirituality and International Aid are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Zipang Prime. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 6.3%.

The powerhouse Zipangese economy, worth 314 trillion ZSE Imperial Standard Yen a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Woodchip Exports, Tourism, and Information Technology. Average income is 92,826 ZSE Imperial Standard Yen, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 279,262 per year while the poor average 24,072, a ratio of 11.6 to 1.

College students make ends meet by selling their kidneys, intellectual snobbery has the cognoscenti sneering at anyone who doesn't have an opinion on the semiological drift of Umberto Eco's works, glamping Zipangese won't sleep in a tent that doesn't include a Jacuzzi, and there has been a series of riots between local cannibals and health food advocates. Crime, especially youth-related, is almost non-existent, despite the fact that it is difficult to make it through a day without breaking one of the country's many laws. Zipangese Star Empire's national animal is the Green Phesant, which can occasionally be seen sifting through garbage in the nation's cities, and its national religion is Shinto.

Zipangese Star Empire is ranked 151,179th in the world and 48th in Axiom Supercluster for Most Cheerful Citizens, with 46.16 Percentage Of Water Glasses Perceived Half-Full.

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Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 7,984thTop
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Largest Insurance Industry: 8,669thHighest Disposable Incomes: 9,097thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 10,284thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 11,866thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 16,509th
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Largest Furniture Restoration Industry: 2nd in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 2nd in the regionTop
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Largest Pizza Delivery Sector: 4th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 4th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 6th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 6th in the regionMost Armed: 6th in the region

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  • : Zipangese Star Empire was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Insurance Industry.
  • : Zipangese Star Empire was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Insurance Industry.
  • : Zipangese Star Empire was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Insurance Industry.
  • : Zipangese Star Empire was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Insurance Industry.
  • : Zipangese Star Empire was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Insurance Industry.
  • : Zipangese Star Empire altered its national flag.
  • : Following new legislation in Zipangese Star Empire, there has been a series of riots between local cannibals and health food advocates.
  • : Zipangese Star Empire was reclassified from "Corporate Police State" to "Iron Fist Consumerists".
  • : Following new legislation in Zipangese Star Empire, glamping Zipangese won't sleep in a tent that doesn't include a Jacuzzi.
  • : Following new legislation in Zipangese Star Empire, intellectual snobbery has the cognoscenti sneering at anyone who doesn't have an opinion on the semiological drift of Umberto Eco's works.

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