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Featured nation April 2019: Shffahkia

The Tetracameral Dictatorships of Shffahkia


"Per ardua surgo."

National Animal: Jaguar

Currency: Revolutionary Franc

The first member to be featured in our new region. This month the honour goes to none other than Shffahkia, The Tetracameral Dictatorships is filled with Iron Fist Consumerists. Their favourite commodity, apparently, is trout fishing for which they ranking the worldwide top 1%. Despite being a dictatorship, they also perform well in World Assembly Endorsement (top 7%). Which is probably due to the widespread Ignorance (top 9% on Eurth). A confusing place in confusing times.

The Tetracameral Dictatorships of Shffahkia is a massive, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Duncan Delacroix with an iron fist, and renowned for its compulsory military service, frequent executions, and punitive income tax rates. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical population of 1.966 billion Shffahkians 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 enormous, corrupt, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Law & Order, Defense, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Ville de la Sfakie. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 67.3%.

The strong Shffahkian economy, worth 133 trillion Revolutionary Francs a year, is quite specialized and mostly made up of the Trout Farming industry, with significant contributions from Tourism, Arms Manufacturing, and Retail. Black market activity is frequent. Average income is 67,943 Revolutionary Francs, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 213,401 per year while the poor average 16,563, a ratio of 12.9 to 1.

Employers may fire workers without giving any reason, the government has started a campaign to crack down on road rage and encourage alternate means of commuting, the newest shade developed by Shffahkia's dye industry has been dubbed 'Agent Orange', and snooze factory is now prison lingo for rehabilitation center. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Shffahkia's national animal is the Jaguar, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Culte Delacroix.

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