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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: Eminence Grise

Location: Mapperdonia

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Shararik

Population10.797 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 notable for its aversion to nipples, strictly enforced bedtime, and absence of drug laws. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, devout population of 10.797 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, with Industry also on the agenda, while Environment and Healthcare are ignored. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 2.7%.

The powerhouse Smesharik economy, worth a remarkable 1,129 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 104,634 Smeshinkas, but there is an enormous disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 605,191 per year while the poor average 8,618, a ratio of 70.2 to 1.

Elevator music has been replaced by thrash metal played at maximum volume, illegal moonshine operations get taken out with laser-guided airstrikes, survivors of the Great Internet Flame War often recount horror stories of banhammers and DOS attacks, and employees are told they can avoid traffic jams by starting work at 4 AM. 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 41,438th in the world and 7th in Mapperdonia for Most Scientifically Advanced, scoring 115.63 on the Kurzweil Singularity Index.

Top
5%
Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 1,976thLargest Gambling Industry: 1,982ndLargest Soda Pop Sector: 2,080thHighest Crime Rates: 3,116thFattest Citizens: 3,132ndLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 3,627thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 3,635thLargest Insurance Industry: 3,841stHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 4,617thMost Avoided: 4,747thHighest Disposable Incomes: 5,937thMost Stationary: 6,483rdGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 7,963rdTop
10%
Most Pro-Market: 9,832ndMost Armed: 10,055thLargest Retail Industry: 11,500thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 12,326thHighest Economic Output: 12,739thMost Ignorant Citizens: 13,067thMost Rebellious Youth: 14,553rdMost Devout: 14,858thLargest Mining Sector: 15,319thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 16,016th

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : 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 was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Politically Apathetic Citizens.
  • : Following new legislation in Shararik, employees are told they can avoid traffic jams by starting work at 4 AM.
  • : Following new legislation in Shararik, survivors of the Great Internet Flame War often recount horror stories of banhammers and DOS attacks.
  • : Following new legislation in Shararik, illegal moonshine operations get taken out with laser-guided airstrikes.
  • : Following new legislation in Shararik, elevator music has been replaced by thrash metal played at maximum volume.
  • : 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 was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Politically Apathetic Citizens.

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