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The Empire of Shadowstorm 98

“Join me, or abandon all hope!” The Dark Creator

Category: Corporate Police State
Civil Rights:
Unheard Of
Economy:
Very Strong
Political Freedoms:
Outlawed

Regional Influence: Powerbroker

Location: End 500

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Shadowstorm 98

Population11.664 billion

CapitalThe Abyss
LeaderThe Dark Creator

CurrencySlave
AnimalHell Hounds

The Empire of Shadowstorm 98 is a gargantuan, orderly nation, ruled by The Dark Creator with an iron fist, and remarkable for its barren, inhospitable landscape, multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, and irreverence towards religion. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 11.664 billion Demons 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 relatively small, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of The Abyss. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 18.8%.

The very strong A Descendant of Darkness economy, worth 871 trillion Slaves a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Gambling, Woodchip Exports, and Uranium Mining. Average income is 74,701 Slaves, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 222,113 per year while the poor average 19,697, a ratio of 11.3 to 1.

The state has declared war on the environment and environmentalists by association, traffic jams are a common sight due to construction work from a massive overhaul of the nation's freeways, crooks and people with too many kids are being kicked out of the country, and The Dark Creator has been self-declared as the Most Supreme Magnificent Overlord of Everything You Ever Saw. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force. Shadowstorm 98's national animal is the Hell Hounds, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

Shadowstorm 98 is ranked 25,743rd in the world and 2nd in End 500 for Most Influential, scoring 1,267 on the Soft Power Disbursement Rating.

Top
5%
Nudest: 3,753rdMost Ignorant Citizens: 8,035thTop
10%
Most Conservative: 11,786thMost Stationary: 16,794thHighest Economic Output: 19,643rd

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