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Highest Crime Rates: 573rdMost Armed: 601stLargest Information Technology Sector: 689th
The Anarchy of
Left-Leaning College State Paradise
Who needs a motto anyway?
Nobody knows
Civil Rights
Political Freedom
Very Good

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Population11.829 billion

LeaderNobody knows


The Anarchy of ShadowVoltia is a gargantuan, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Nobody knows with an even hand, and renowned for its rampant corporate plagiarism, sprawling nuclear power plants, and compulsory gun ownership. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, cheerful, devout population of 11.829 billion ShadowVoltians enjoy extensive civil freedoms, particularly in social issues, while business tends to be more regulated.

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. The average income tax rate is 3.8%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient ShadowVoltian economy, worth a remarkable 1,585 trillion Credits a year, is highly specialized and mostly made up of the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Tourism, Retail, and Book Publishing. Black market activity is notable. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 134,051 Credits, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.0 times as much as the poorest.

Business is banging at no-tell motels, baby dolls thrown in the trash are a leading cause of panic attacks, there are no bananas today in ShadowVoltia, and epileptic patients switch their medications to whichever has a 'buy one get one free' offer. 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 4,308th in the world and 96th in 10000 Islands for Most Beautiful Environments, with 2,422.72 Pounds Of Wildlife Per Square Mile.

Highest Crime Rates: 573rdMost Armed: 601stLargest Information Technology Sector: 689thRudest Citizens: 1,584thMost Rebellious Youth: 2,111thMost Influential: 2,119thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 2,199thTop
Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 2,472ndMost Scientifically Advanced: 2,576thMost Cultured: 2,712thMost Cheerful Citizens: 3,125thHighest Disposable Incomes: 3,776thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3,791stHealthiest Citizens: 3,818thBest Weather: 3,907thMost Beautiful Environments: 4,308thLeast Corrupt Governments: 5,326thSmartest Citizens: 6,976thLargest Retail Industry: 8,028thMost Devout: 9,360thHighest Economic Output: 11,063rdMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 11,112thMost Valuable International Artwork: 11,624thTop
Largest Black Market: 12,516thHighest Poor Incomes: 13,966thMost Developed: 14,166thLongest Average Lifespans: 14,324thHighest Drug Use: 17,203rdHighest Average Incomes: 18,444thLargest Publishing Industry: 22,997th
Most Armed: 8th in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 10th in the regionTop
Largest Information Technology Sector: 15th in the regionRudest Citizens: 30th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 30th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 38th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 42nd in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 49th in the regionMost Cultured: 50th in the regionTop
Most Scientifically Advanced: 54th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 56th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 59th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 78th in the regionBest Weather: 86th in the regionLargest Black Market: 86th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 96th in the regionMost Devout: 102nd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 102nd in the region

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