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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



Population5.956 billion

CapitalAirstrip One
LeaderThe Shepherd


The Technocracy States of Azzarel is a colossal, orderly nation, ruled by The Shepherd with an iron fist, and notable for its pith helmet sales, strictly enforced bedtime, and complete lack of prisons. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 5.956 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, moralistic, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Law & Order, Education, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Airstrip One. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 74.7%.

The frighteningly efficient Azza economy, worth a remarkable 1,868 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 313,687 credits, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,359,763 per year while the poor average 45,951, a ratio of 29.6 to 1.

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 3,978th in the world and 238th in The North Pacific for Most Developed, scoring 94.84 on the Human Development Index.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 339thMost Influential: 565thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 927thMost Corrupt Governments: 1,188thLargest Information Technology Sector: 1,234thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1,336thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1,382ndLargest Insurance Industry: 1,421stLargest Retail Industry: 1,447thLargest Black Market: 1,540thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1,568thHighest Average Incomes: 1,710thMost Subsidized Industry: 1,797thMost Efficient Economies: 1,836thMost Secular: 1,939thMost Scientifically Advanced: 1,950thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 2,053rdTop
Largest Cheese Export Sector: 2,217thLowest Crime Rates: 2,220thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2,834thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 3,208thMost Developed: 3,978thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 4,256thSmartest Citizens: 4,953rdMost Advanced Defense Forces: 5,576thLargest Governments: 5,736thMost Advanced Public Education: 5,931stLongest Average Lifespans: 6,333rdMost Cultured: 7,011thLargest Mining Sector: 7,108thHighest Economic Output: 8,039thHealthiest Citizens: 8,445thMost Valuable International Artwork: 10,031stTop
Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 10,418thHighest Disposable Incomes: 11,132ndLargest Publishing Industry: 12,315thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 12,712thMost Advanced Public Transport: 15,533rdMost Stationary: 16,694thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 19,710thHighest Average Tax Rates: 19,900th
Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 36th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 36th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 41st in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 51st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 53rd in the regionLargest Black Market: 64th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 64th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 70th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 72nd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 81st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 84th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 84th in the regionMost Secular: 86th in the regionTop
Most Subsidized Industry: 101st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 110th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 113th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 114th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 123rd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 130th in the regionMost Influential: 191st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 191st in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 212th in the regionMost Developed: 238th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 239th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 243rd in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 249th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 269th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 295th in the regionLargest Governments: 304th in the regionMost Cultured: 345th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 371st in the regionMost Stationary: 402nd in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 469th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 471st in the regionTop
Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 494th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 531st in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 615th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 658th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 675th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 769th in the regionLargest Populations: 870th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 890th in the region

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