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The Principality of Shararik

“We shall be alive forever!”

Category: Compulsory Consumerist State
Civil Rights:
Average
Economy:
Powerhouse
Political Freedoms:
Rare

Regional Influence: Powerbroker

Location: Mapperdonia

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Shararik

Population12.36 billion

LeaderDvojnikPina II
FaithFaith in Vitality of the Nation

CurrencySmeshinka
AnimalRabbit-Penguin

The Principality of Shararik is a gargantuan, orderly nation, ruled by DvojnikPina II with an iron fist, and remarkable for its frequent executions, complete lack of public education, and suspicion of poets. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, devout population of 12.36 billion Smeshariki are rabid consumers, partly through choice and partly because the government tells them to and dissenters tend to vanish from their homes at night.

The minute, corrupt, pro-business, well-organized government, or what there is of one, is effectively ruled by the Department of Law & Order, although Industry is also considered important, while Healthcare and Environment aren't funded at all. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 2.6%.

The powerhouse Smesharik economy, worth a remarkable 1,303 trillion Smeshinkas a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Gambling industry, with major contributions from Soda Sales, Woodchip Exports, and Retail. Average income is an impressive 105,441 Smeshinkas, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 958,864 per year while the poor average 1,323, a ratio of 724 to 1.

Survivors of the Great Internet Flame War often recount horror stories of banhammers and DOS attacks, employees are told they can avoid traffic jams by starting work at 4 AM, school uniforms are compulsory, and fraternities are notoriously exclusive. Crime, especially youth-related, is a major problem, with the police force struggling against a lack of funding and a high mortality rate. Shararik's national animal is the Rabbit-Penguin, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Faith in Vitality of the Nation.

Shararik is ranked 5,984th in the world and 3rd in Mapperdonia for Most Stationary, with 2,077.7070036 Days.

Top
1%
Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 444thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 2,011thTop
5%
Largest Gambling Industry: 2,280thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 2,378thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 2,520thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 2,857thFattest Citizens: 3,321stHighest Crime Rates: 3,508thLargest Insurance Industry: 4,199thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 4,413thMost Avoided: 5,279thMost Stationary: 5,984thHighest Disposable Incomes: 6,122ndTop
10%
Most Armed: 10,559thHighest Economic Output: 12,478thLargest Retail Industry: 13,434thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 14,650thMost Pro-Market: 14,885thMost Ignorant Citizens: 16,247thMost Devout: 17,735thMost Rebellious Youth: 18,334thLargest Mining Sector: 19,274thLargest Populations: 19,645th

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Shararik was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Retail Industry.
  • : Shararik was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Highest Economic Output.
  • : Shararik was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Highest Wealthy Incomes.
  • : Shararik was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Largest Soda Pop Sector.
  • : Shararik was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Largest Gambling Industry.
  • : Shararik was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Lowest Overall Tax Burden.
  • : Shararik was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Armed and the Top 10% for Largest Populations, Most Influential, Most Corrupt Governments, and Largest Manufacturing Sector.
  • : Shararik was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Politically Apathetic Citizens.
  • : Shararik was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Politically Apathetic Citizens.
  • : Shararik's influence in Mapperdonia rose from "Eminence Grise" to "Powerbroker".

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