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The Devious and Dark Overlords of The Shadow Puppeteers

“We order you from the shadows with our political genius” The Supreme Almighty God Emperor King

Category: Corporate Police State
Civil Rights:
Unheard Of
Political Freedoms:
Unheard Of

Regional Influence: Minnow

Location: Balder


The Shadow Puppeteers

Population2.863 billion

CapitalThe Dark Domain
LeaderThe Supreme Almighty God Emperor King
FaithYou worship us pitiful slave

Currencyclever and cunning move
Animalpawn of our special mind

The Devious and Dark Overlords of The Shadow Puppeteers is a massive, orderly nation, ruled by The Supreme Almighty God Emperor King with an iron fist, and renowned for its barren, inhospitable landscape, frequent executions, and strictly enforced bedtime. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 2.863 billion Conquerors and Destroyers of Hope and Freedm 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, pro-business, well-organized government is primarily concerned with Defense, with Industry and Law & Order also on the agenda, while Environment and Social Policy receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of The Dark Domain. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 9.3%.

The frighteningly efficient The One Who Subjugates Your Race economy, worth 448 trillion clever and cunning moves a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Retail, Information Technology, and Uranium Mining. Black market activity is notable. Average income is an impressive 156,586 clever and cunning moves, but there is an enormous disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 844,808 per year while the poor average 15,061, a ratio of 56.1 to 1.

Running away is an essential part of the elite forces' hand-to-hand training, politicians are often seen with soldiers pointing guns at their heads, major boxing matches are held in government buildings, and parents often ask to see a credit report before lending money to their own children. Crime, especially youth-related, is almost non-existent, despite the fact that it is difficult to make it through a day without breaking one of the country's many laws. The Shadow Puppeteers's national animal is the pawn of our special mind, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is You worship us pitiful slave.

The Shadow Puppeteers is ranked 166,920th in the world and 7,128th in Balder for Most Cultured, scoring 45 on the Snufflebottom-Wiggendum Pentatonic Scale.

Fattest Citizens: 1,845thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1,858thLargest Retail Industry: 2,288thMost Secular: 2,530thMost Avoided: 2,577thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 2,665thHighest Disposable Incomes: 3,284thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 3,901stMost Corrupt Governments: 3,989thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 4,251stLargest Manufacturing Sector: 5,216thLargest Mining Sector: 5,270thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 5,706thLargest Insurance Industry: 6,191stMost Advanced Defense Forces: 6,412thTop
Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 8,663rdMost Armed: 9,039thMost Efficient Economies: 9,526thMost Conservative: 10,251stLargest Soda Pop Sector: 10,921stHighest Average Incomes: 11,303rdLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 11,547thMost Pro-Market: 11,552ndLargest Black Market: 13,025thRudest Citizens: 13,084thLargest Gambling Industry: 13,897thMost Extreme: 15,407th
Fattest Citizens: 106th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 107th in the regionMost Secular: 109th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 122nd in the regionMost Avoided: 157th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 166th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 197th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 223rd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 232nd in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 241st in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 303rd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 317th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 357th in the regionTop
Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 370th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 371st in the regionMost Conservative: 384th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 395th in the regionMost Armed: 422nd in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 431st in the regionMost Pro-Market: 455th in the regionMost Extreme: 458th in the regionRudest Citizens: 505th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 522nd in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 539th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 564th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 588th in the region

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