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The Dictatorship of Shadowra

“Might Makes Right” Superme Overlord

Category: Psychotic Dictatorship
Civil Rights:
Political Freedoms:
Unheard Of

Regional Influence: Squire

Location: Lazarus



Population4.544 billion

CapitalShadowra City
LeaderSuperme Overlord
FaithOrder of Shadowra


The Dictatorship of Shadowra is a massive, safe nation, ruled by Superme Overlord with an iron fist, and notable for its frequent executions, keen interest in outer space, and soft-spoken computers. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 4.544 billion Shadownians are ruled without fear or favor by a psychotic dictator, who outlaws just about everything and refers to the populace as "my little playthings."

The large, corrupt, moralistic, socially-minded, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Law & Order, Defense, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Shadowra City. The average income tax rate is 73.2%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The powerhouse Shadownian economy, worth 442 trillion Bitcoins a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is quite specialized, is led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Trout Farming, Arms Manufacturing, and Uranium Mining. Average income is 97,454 Bitcoins, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Diplomats in Shadowra are furious at constant police surveillance, CSI Forest is this year's hit new crime show, historical commemorations regularly devolve into militaristic jingoism, and reddish-brown is the new black. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Shadowra's national animal is the Dog, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Order of Shadowra.

Shadowra is ranked 64,126th in the world and 2,519th in Lazarus for Largest Mining Sector, scoring 3,343.89 on the Blue Sky Asbestos Index.

Largest Trout Fishing Sector: 3,319thMost Influential: 3,513thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 4,417thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 4,639thMost Secular: 4,846thHealthiest Citizens: 7,202ndLowest Crime Rates: 9,176thLongest Average Lifespans: 9,910thTop
Most Advanced Defense Forces: 10,409thLargest Information Technology Sector: 11,378thMost Authoritarian: 11,468thMost Corrupt Governments: 11,876thMost Scientifically Advanced: 14,240thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 18,098thBest Weather: 18,697thHighest Poor Incomes: 19,544thMost Valuable International Artwork: 20,286thSafest: 20,736th
Most Influential: 129th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 132nd in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 132nd in the regionMost Secular: 254th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 282nd in the regionMost Authoritarian: 379th in the regionTop
Healthiest Citizens: 403rd in the regionMost Stationary: 453rd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 573rd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 580th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 639th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 648th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 654th in the region

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