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Most Armed: 3,529thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 5,639thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 6,025th
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Shadow Dealer

Population2.674 billion

CapitalCity of Crímen
LeaderEmperor Cristóbal

CurrencyShadow notes

The Imperial Dyansty of Shadow Dealer is a massive, orderly nation, ruled by Emperor Cristóbal with an iron fist, and notable for its barren, inhospitable landscape, multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, and compulsory military service. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical population of 2.674 billion Shadows 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 Administration, Law & Order, and Education are also considered important. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of City of Crímen. The average income tax rate is 72.3%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Shadow economy, worth 383 trillion Shadow noteses 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 large, well-organized, broadly diversified black market in Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, Book Publishing, and Woodchip Exports. 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 143,574 Shadow noteses, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.7 times as much as the poorest.

Officials pull all-nighters to check immigrants for potential links to terrorists, news editors who eschew the state-approved superlatives for describing Emperor Cristóbal tend to disappear, ships are encouraged to deliberately run aground onto Shadow beaches, and the government advises foreign diplomats to speak softly and carry a big bag of cash. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Shadow Dealer's national animal is the Crow, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Shadowism.

Shadow Dealer is ranked 66,831st in the world and 57th in First World Order for Largest Mining Sector, scoring 3,834.81 on the Blue Sky Asbestos Index.

Most Armed: 3,529thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 5,639thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 6,025thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 6,133rdLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 9,418thLargest Publishing Industry: 9,429thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 9,600thMost Valuable International Artwork: 11,265thMost Corrupt Governments: 11,400thMost Inclusive: 12,180thTop
Lowest Crime Rates: 14,361stMost Developed: 14,757thLargest Black Market: 14,927thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 15,467thHighest Average Incomes: 15,739thHighest Poor Incomes: 16,527thMost Scientifically Advanced: 17,406thLargest Governments: 17,800thLargest Retail Industry: 19,153rdLargest Information Technology Sector: 19,414thMost Authoritarian: 22,126thMost Cultured: 22,571stLongest Average Lifespans: 23,971stSmartest Citizens: 24,242nd
Most Inclusive: 4th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 5th in the regionTop
Highest Drug Use: 8th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 9th in the regionMost Armed: 11th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 12th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 12th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 12th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 13th in the region

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