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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 1,082ndMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1,954thMost Advanced Public Education: 2,370th
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A Giant Meteor

Population4.174 billion

LeaderHalley Comet
FaithFollowers of the Feature


The Featured Region Event of A Giant Meteor is a massive, efficient nation, ruled by Halley Comet with an iron fist, and renowned for its pith helmet sales, zero percent divorce rate, and punitive income tax rates. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 4.174 billion Meteorians 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 enormous, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Administration, Education, and Law & Order. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Toutatis. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 93.9%.

The frighteningly efficient Meteorian economy, worth 730 trillion Lodestones a year, is quite specialized and mostly comprised of black market activity, especially in Retail, Information Technology, Uranium Mining, and Furniture Restoration. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 175,017 Lodestones, with the richest citizens earning 7.1 times as much as the poorest.

Shoppers have literally had their hands full since plastic bags were banned, health inspectors are seen eating black truffle fondue with their bottled water, people experiencing anaphylactic shock are told to buck their ideas up, and imprisonment is the leading cause of disownment. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. A Giant Meteor's national animal is the Ameoba, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is Followers of the Feature.

A Giant Meteor is ranked 244,456th in the world and 62nd in The Great Experiment for Most Rebellious Youth, scoring -30 on the Stark-Dean Displacement Index.

Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 1,082ndMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1,954thMost Advanced Public Education: 2,370thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 2,481stTop
Largest Retail Industry: 2,853rdMost Corrupt Governments: 3,347thLargest Black Market: 3,749thLargest Mining Sector: 3,812thHighest Average Tax Rates: 6,066thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 7,191stMost Subsidized Industry: 7,962ndLargest Governments: 8,528thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 8,578thLowest Crime Rates: 9,456thHighest Average Incomes: 9,616thLargest Welfare Programs: 9,714thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 10,118thMost Developed: 12,235thTop
Most Secular: 15,986thLargest Information Technology Sector: 17,214thMost Efficient Economies: 19,078thSmartest Citizens: 22,777thMost Conservative: 23,314thMost Authoritarian: 24,162nd
Largest Mining Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Black Market: 1st in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 1st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 2nd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 2nd in the regionMost Authoritarian: 3rd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 3rd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 3rd in the regionTop
Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 4th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 4th in the regionLargest Governments: 4th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 5th in the regionMost Conservative: 5th in the regionMost Avoided: 5th in the regionMost Primitive: 6th in the region

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