by Max Barry

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Highest Crime Rates: 517thMost Armed: 537thLargest Information Technology Sector: 674th
The Anarchy of
Capitalizt Self-Congratulatory Merchant Bankers
Who needs a motto anyway?
Nobody knows
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Population10.177 billion

LeaderNobody knows


The Anarchy of ShadowVoltia is a gargantuan, socially progressive nation, ruled by Nobody knows with an even hand, and notable for its rampant corporate plagiarism, smutty television, and compulsory gun ownership. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, cheerful, devout population of 10.177 billion ShadowVoltians enjoy some of the most opulent lifestyles in the region, unless they are unemployed or working-class, in which case they are variously starving to death or crippled by easily preventable diseases.

The minute government, or what there is of one, juggles the competing demands of Education, Industry, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Utopia. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 2.3%.

The all-consuming ShadowVoltian economy, worth a remarkable 1,364 trillion Credits a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is quite specialized and mostly made up of the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Tourism, Retail, and Book Publishing. Average income is an impressive 134,106 Credits, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 437,646 per year while the poor average 30,913, a ratio of 14.2 to 1.

Social care for the elderly consists of a self help leaflet and a kick on the backside, diplomats are always trying to convince other nations to adopt l33t speak, former school buses now regularly shuttle kids to the nearest shopping centers to work, and pet loving officers arrest citizens who don't give their dogs enough biscuits. Crime, especially youth-related, is all-pervasive, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. ShadowVoltia's national animal is the Haxus, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Capitalism.

ShadowVoltia is ranked 208,307th in the world and 2,163rd in 10000 Islands for Lowest Crime Rates, with 3.06 Law-abiding Acts Per Hour.

Highest Crime Rates: 517thMost Armed: 537thLargest Information Technology Sector: 674thRudest Citizens: 1,114thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1,756thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1,876thTop
Most Rebellious Youth: 2,093rdMost Influential: 2,195thMost Scientifically Advanced: 2,475thMost Cultured: 2,890thMost Cheerful Citizens: 3,076thHealthiest Citizens: 3,450thHighest Disposable Incomes: 3,802ndBest Weather: 3,966thLeast Corrupt Governments: 4,374thMost Beautiful Environments: 4,832ndMost World Assembly Endorsements: 5,515thSmartest Citizens: 6,744thMost Valuable International Artwork: 7,315thLargest Retail Industry: 7,788thMost Devout: 7,993rdHighest Wealthy Incomes: 8,801stTop
Highest Economic Output: 11,827thHighest Drug Use: 14,167thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 14,882ndLongest Average Lifespans: 16,138thLargest Black Market: 16,585thLargest Publishing Industry: 16,824thHighest Average Incomes: 17,486thMost Developed: 18,389th
Most Armed: 8th in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 9th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 18th in the regionRudest Citizens: 19th in the regionTop
Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 26th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 35th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 42nd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 48th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 58th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 58th in the regionMost Cultured: 60th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 70th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 75th in the regionBest Weather: 79th in the regionMost Devout: 85th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 88th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 96th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 99th in the regionMost Influential: 103rd in the regionTop
Largest Retail Industry: 110th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 115th in the regionLargest Black Market: 118th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 139th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 161st in the regionLargest Populations: 172nd in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 213th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 215th in the region

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