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The Holy Empire Sol of ShyVini

“The Digital Omnimessiah and the Emperor protect us!” Vincent

Category: Iron Fist Consumerists
Civil Rights:
Unheard Of
Political Freedoms:

Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: the Rejected Realms



Population911 million



The Holy Empire Sol of ShyVini is a huge, cultured nation, ruled by Vincent with an iron fist, and renowned for its museums and concert halls, deadly medical pandemics, and sprawling nuclear power plants. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 911 million ShyVinians are kept under strict control by the oppressive government, which measures its success by the nation's GDP and refers to individual citizens as "human resources."

The relatively small, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government prioritizes Defense, with Law & Order, Education, and Administration also on the agenda, while Social Policy and International Aid aren't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Terra. The average income tax rate is 18.4%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The powerhouse ShyVinian economy, worth 120 trillion Bitcoins a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is a large, well-organized, broadly diversified black market in Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, Tourism, and Retail. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is an impressive 132,299 Bitcoins, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.9 times as much as the poorest.

90% of active duty SAF personnel have been laid off and replaced by robot kill-drones, even the nation's brussel sprouts are delicious and nutritious, gene-engineered sewerjacks don't smell but they do stink, and people think "siege mentality" is a positive trait. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. ShyVini's national animal is the Dinosaur, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

ShyVini is ranked 200,364th in the world and 5,724th in the Rejected Realms for Highest Foreign Aid Spending, scoring -7.07 on the Clooney Contribution Index.

Most Devout: 4,835thFattest Citizens: 4,986thHighest Disposable Incomes: 5,387thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 5,733rdMost Corrupt Governments: 5,908thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 8,052ndMost World Assembly Endorsements: 8,161stMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 8,162ndLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 10,496thTop
Largest Retail Industry: 11,666thMost Influential: 12,953rdLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 14,343rdMost Conservative: 14,472ndMost Scientifically Advanced: 14,555thLargest Mining Sector: 15,923rdLargest Black Market: 17,831stHighest Average Incomes: 18,330thHighest Poor Incomes: 18,999thMost Valuable International Artwork: 19,204thLargest Information Technology Sector: 20,032ndMost Advanced Defense Forces: 20,893rdMost Cultured: 20,939thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 21,184th
Most Devout: 123rd in the regionFattest Citizens: 125th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 128th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 157th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 198th in the regionMost Influential: 223rd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 247th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 277th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 312th in the regionTop
Largest Retail Industry: 328th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 329th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 352nd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 406th in the regionMost Cultured: 413th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 461st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 476th in the regionMost Conservative: 477th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 529th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 550th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 551st in the regionMost Armed: 559th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 565th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 573rd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 600th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in ShyVini, people think "siege mentality" is a positive trait.
  • : Following new legislation in ShyVini, gene-engineered sewerjacks don't smell but they do stink.
  • : Following new legislation in ShyVini, even the nation's brussel sprouts are delicious and nutritious.
  • : Following new legislation in ShyVini, 90% of active duty SAF personnel have been laid off and replaced by robot kill-drones.
  • : ShyVini was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Advanced Defense Forces.
  • : Following new legislation in ShyVini, Vincent has been declared supreme ruler for all eternity.
  • : Following new legislation in ShyVini, anti-vaxxers claim that injected children are prone to psychotic breaks when they see the 'Queen of Diamonds' playing card.
  • : Following new legislation in ShyVini, citizens who don't recite the Pledge of ShyVini at least three times a day are placed on a terrorist watch-list.
  • : Following new legislation in ShyVini, the government has started a campaign to crack down on road rage and encourage alternate means of commuting.
  • : Following new legislation in ShyVini, dozens of additional foreign policy specialists have been sent to the country's WA Mission.


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