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The Shadows Overlord of Visoraxus

“In the black wind the stars shall die” Visoraxus Holoratus Starkiller

Category: Psychotic Dictatorship
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Regional Influence: Power

Location: The Shadows



Population6.335 billion

LeaderVisoraxus Holoratus Starkiller


The Shadows Overlord of Visoraxus is a colossal, safe nation, ruled by Visoraxus Holoratus Starkiller with an iron fist, and notable for its state-planned economy, keen interest in outer space, and compulsory military service. The hard-nosed, cynical, devout population of 6.335 billion Visoraxusians are ruled without fear or favor by a psychotic dictator, who outlaws just about everything and refers to the populace as "my little playthings."

The enormous, corrupt, moralistic, socially-minded, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Spirituality, and Law & Order. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Durmengrad. The average income tax rate is 72.9%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The large but stagnant Visoraxusian economy, worth 108 trillion dollars a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is quite specialized, is led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Uranium Mining, Trout Farming, and Cheese Exports. Average income is 17,147 dollars, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Mantis shrimp studies is academia's fastest-growing field, vital intelligence-gathering activities are put on hold as agents return home for seduction training and advanced poker instruction, foreigners are treated with great suspicion, and signs stating "You Must be This Tall to Enter" have started appearing outside retirement homes. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Visoraxus's national animal is the robot, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Visoraxus is ranked 191,954th in the world and 7th in The Shadows for Largest Publishing Industry, scoring -2.8 on the Bella Potter Productivity e-Index.

Most Authoritarian: 2,481stTop
Most Conservative: 7,742ndMost Income Equality: 10,189thTop
Most Ignorant Citizens: 19,998thMost Extreme: 21,213thMost Cheerful Citizens: 23,047thHighest Average Tax Rates: 25,321st
Highest Average Tax Rates: 1st in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 1st in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1st in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1st in the region

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