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The Technocracy States of Azzarel

“All Will Be One” The Shepherd

Category: Corporate Police State
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Location: The North Pacific



Population6.416 billion

CapitalAirstrip One
LeaderThe Shepherd


The Technocracy States of Azzarel is a colossal, orderly nation, ruled by The Shepherd with an iron fist, and renowned for its zero percent divorce rate, pith helmet sales, and strictly enforced bedtime. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 6.416 billion Azzas are ruled with an iron fist by the corrupt, dictatorship government, which oppresses anyone who isn't on the board of a Fortune 500 company. Large corporations tend to be above the law, and use their financial clout to gain ever-increasing government benefits at the expense of the poor and unemployed.

The medium-sized, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Law & Order, Education, and Defense. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Airstrip One. The average income tax rate is 77.3%.

The frighteningly efficient Azza economy, worth a remarkable 1,992 trillion credits a year, is broadly diversified and mostly comprised of black market activity, especially in Information Technology, Arms Manufacturing, and Retail. Average income is an amazing 310,488 credits, with the richest citizens earning 5.3 times as much as the poorest.

The Shepherd has declared a weed sticking through a crack in the sidewalk to be the nation's newest green space, a National Academy regulates grammar and usage, things are looking up for patients accidentally prescribed erectile dysfunction medication, and standing on a chair to reach a top shelf is seen as evidence of narcissistic personality disorder. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Azzarel's national animal is the Meerkat, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

Azzarel is ranked 5,740th in the world and 303rd in The North Pacific for Largest Governments, scoring 38.76 on the Bureaucratic Comprehensiveness Rating Scale Index.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 321stMost Influential: 578thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 934thLargest Information Technology Sector: 1,194thMost Corrupt Governments: 1,242ndLargest Retail Industry: 1,516thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1,526thLargest Black Market: 1,549thLargest Insurance Industry: 1,645thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1,675thHighest Average Incomes: 1,789thMost Subsidized Industry: 1,855thMost Efficient Economies: 1,883rdMost Scientifically Advanced: 1,981stMost Secular: 2,008thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 2,086thLowest Crime Rates: 2,176thTop
Largest Cheese Export Sector: 2,665thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 3,015thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 3,757thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 3,843rdMost Developed: 3,922ndLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 4,391stSmartest Citizens: 4,887thLongest Average Lifespans: 5,240thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 5,528thLargest Governments: 5,740thMost Advanced Public Education: 5,741stHighest Poor Incomes: 6,016thMost Cultured: 7,000thHighest Economic Output: 7,672ndHealthiest Citizens: 8,315thLargest Mining Sector: 8,626thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 10,011thMost Valuable International Artwork: 10,054thTop
Largest Publishing Industry: 12,832ndHighest Disposable Incomes: 14,875thMost Advanced Public Transport: 15,344thMost Stationary: 16,098thHighest Average Tax Rates: 17,192ndLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 20,060thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 22,076th
Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 38th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 40th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 51st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 59th in the regionLargest Black Market: 64th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 68th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 73rd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 78th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 84th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 90th in the regionTop
Most Secular: 103rd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 109th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 109th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 112th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 113th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 114th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 126th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 134th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 151st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 187th in the regionMost Influential: 194th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 206th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 230th in the regionMost Developed: 245th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 251st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 271st in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 288th in the regionLargest Governments: 303rd in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 309th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 311th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 333rd in the regionMost Cultured: 358th in the regionMost Stationary: 371st in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 468th in the regionTop
Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 529th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 633rd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 658th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 699th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 780th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 816th in the regionLargest Populations: 834th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 992nd in the region

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