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The Technocracy States of Azzarel

“All Will Be One” The Shepherd

Category: Corporate Police State
Civil Rights:
Unheard Of
Political Freedoms:

Regional Influence: Page

Location: The North Pacific



Population4.169 billion

CapitalAirstrip One
LeaderThe Shepherd


The Technocracy States of Azzarel is a massive, efficient nation, ruled by The Shepherd with an iron fist, and renowned for its prohibition of alcohol, keen interest in outer space, and ubiquitous missile silos. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 4.169 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, pro-business, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Law & Order, Defense, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Airstrip One. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 73.1%.

The frighteningly efficient Azza economy, worth a remarkable 1,124 trillion credits a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Arms Manufacturing and Retail. Black market activity is rampant. Average income is an amazing 269,809 credits, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 879,071 per year while the poor average 62,344, a ratio of 14.1 to 1.

Textbooks are exactly twice as heavy as they used to be, the television adaptation of Jennifer Government is the most popular program in the nation, vacationers and business travelers are often warned that they may lose the right to vote if they spend too much time overseas, and former state leaders include a TV comic and a cowboy actor. 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 1,665th in the world and 65th in The North Pacific for Largest Furniture Restoration Industry, scoring 10,274.54 on the Spitz-Pollish Productivity Index.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 299thMost Influential: 602ndMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 914thMost Corrupt Governments: 1,076thTop
Largest Information Technology Sector: 1,596thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1,642ndMost Secular: 1,654thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1,665thLargest Retail Industry: 1,675thMost Scientifically Advanced: 1,794thLargest Insurance Industry: 1,849thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 2,033rdLowest Crime Rates: 2,208thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 2,231stHighest Average Incomes: 2,277thMost Subsidized Industry: 2,288thLargest Black Market: 2,349thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 3,097thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 3,549thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 4,562ndSmartest Citizens: 5,007thLargest Governments: 5,770thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 6,848thMost Cultured: 7,631stTop
Healthiest Citizens: 7,899thLargest Mining Sector: 7,996thMost Efficient Economies: 8,462ndMost Advanced Public Education: 8,551stMost Developed: 9,567thMost Conservative: 11,360thHighest Disposable Incomes: 12,646thHighest Economic Output: 12,656thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 13,395thLargest Publishing Industry: 13,777thMost Pro-Market: 15,565th
Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 29th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 42nd in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 56th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 59th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 61st in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 64th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 65th in the regionMost Secular: 79th in the regionTop
Largest Black Market: 82nd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 87th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 92nd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 94th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 95th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 99th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 103rd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 111th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 123rd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 180th in the regionMost Influential: 213th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 233rd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 236th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 263rd in the regionLargest Governments: 274th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 282nd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 351st in the regionMost Cultured: 357th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 384th in the regionTop
Most Advanced Public Education: 418th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 426th in the regionMost Stationary: 523rd in the regionMost Developed: 548th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 592nd in the regionMost Conservative: 623rd in the regionMost Pro-Market: 626th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 632nd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 686th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 761st in the region

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