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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



Population2.785 billion

CapitalShadowra City
LeaderSuperme Overlord
FaithOrder of Shadowra


The Dictatorship of Shadowra is a massive, orderly nation, ruled by Superme Overlord with an iron fist, and remarkable for its pith helmet sales, soft-spoken computers, and state-planned economy. The hard-nosed, cynical population of 2.785 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, 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 69.5%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The powerhouse Shadownian economy, worth 256 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 92,033 Bitcoins, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Any body part that can be cut off a person is no longer considered to be their property, diaper sales are up, Superme Overlord's iHouse is so intelligent that it manages its own social media accounts, and only persecuted professionals need apply. 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 128,552nd in the world and 4,749th in Lazarus for Largest Furniture Restoration Industry, scoring -4.9 on the Spitz-Pollish Productivity Index.

Largest Trout Fishing Sector: 3,062ndMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3,327thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 4,405thMost Influential: 4,865thHealthiest Citizens: 7,657thTop
Most Advanced Defense Forces: 9,979thLowest Crime Rates: 10,917thMost Secular: 11,148thLargest Information Technology Sector: 11,213thMost Corrupt Governments: 12,051stMost Scientifically Advanced: 13,832ndMost Authoritarian: 14,341st
Largest Trout Fishing Sector: 132nd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 154th in the regionMost Influential: 158th in the regionTop
Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 297th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 440th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 540th in the region

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