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The Lupis Lustrī of Rogue Shadows

“Vivat vagantes umbrae!”

Category: Civil Rights Lovefest
Civil Rights:
Very Strong
Political Freedoms:

Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: Balder


Rogue Shadows

Population12.817 billion

CapitalLos Alamos
LeaderTrent Steel


The Lupis Lustrī of Rogue Shadows is a gargantuan, safe nation, ruled by Trent Steel with a fair hand, and remarkable for its museums and concert halls, irreverence towards religion, and punitive income tax rates. The hard-working, democratic, humorless population of 12.817 billion Rogue Shadowsians hold their civil and political rights very dear, although the wealthy and those in business tend to be viewed with suspicion.

The large government juggles the competing demands of Education, Defense, and Environment. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Los Alamos. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 83.3%.

The very strong Rogue Shadowsian economy, worth a remarkable 1,299 trillion lootenrags a year, is quite specialized and led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing and Trout Farming. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 101,374 lootenrags, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 289,362 per year while the poor average 28,306, a ratio of 10.2 to 1.

The nation's atlases tend to go out of date every few weeks, saying "don't do anything that Trent Steel wouldn't do" doesn't exclude a great deal, good-looking soldier boys have celebrity status amongst the nation's homosexuals, and shopkeepers use microscopes to verify the authenticity of banknotes. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Rogue Shadows's national animal is the mew, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Rogue Shadows is ranked 135,720th in the world and 4,904th in Balder for Largest Basket Weaving Sector, scoring 392.07 on the Hickory Productivity Index.

Nudest: 125thTop
Most Rebellious Youth: 4,452ndLeast Corrupt Governments: 4,763rdLargest Publishing Industry: 7,635thMost Beautiful Environments: 7,984thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 8,538thSafest: 8,837thTop
Most Cultured: 10,666thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 11,199thHighest Average Tax Rates: 11,708thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 11,905thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 12,401stHighest Economic Output: 12,556thSmartest Citizens: 12,607thMost Advanced Public Transport: 12,664thHighest Drug Use: 13,290thMost Scientifically Advanced: 13,303rdLargest Information Technology Sector: 13,420thMost Advanced Public Education: 14,363rdLargest Governments: 15,231stMost Advanced Defense Forces: 15,354thLargest Populations: 18,282ndMost Secular: 18,850th
Nudest: 2nd in the regionTop
Highest Drug Use: 201st in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 202nd in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 262nd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 369th in the regionMost Influential: 369th in the regionTop
Most Beautiful Environments: 394th in the regionLargest Populations: 445th in the regionSafest: 470th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 489th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 550th in the regionMost Cultured: 573rd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 657th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 673rd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 682nd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 690th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 694th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 695th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 709th in the region

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