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Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 3,001stHighest Crime Rates: 3,539thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 7,298th
The Fifth Republic of
Capitalizt
Excelle Contende
Influence
Sprat
Region
Civil Rights
Superb
Economy
Powerhouse
Political Freedom
Excellent

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Arcturia

Population8.811 billion

CapitalAlphaville
LeaderBertrand Foutran

CurrencySimoleon
AnimalHirsute Eagle

The Fifth Republic of Arcturia is a colossal, socially progressive nation, ruled by Bertrand Foutran with an even hand, and remarkable for its frequent executions, keen interest in outer space, and smutty television. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic population of 8.811 billion Arcturians enjoy some of the most opulent lifestyles in the region, unless they are unemployed or working-class, in which case they are variously starving to death or crippled by easily preventable diseases.

The minute, liberal, pro-business government, or what there is of one, is effectively ruled by the Department of Defense, with Education also on the agenda, while Spirituality and Social Policy are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Alphaville. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 4.1%.

The powerhouse Arcturian economy, worth 786 trillion Simoleons a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Book Publishing, Information Technology, and Tourism. Average income is 89,238 Simoleons, but there is an enormous disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 487,751 per year while the poor average 8,346, a ratio of 58.4 to 1.

The government is funding experimental battery technology while the power grid continues to crumble, real estate agencies are being replaced by naval recruitment offices, giggling teens are asked to put their mouths on rubber dolls, and newly-peaceful nations are forced to use assault rifles as farming tools due to a lack of funds for purchasing anything else. Crime, especially youth-related, is a major problem, probably because of the absence of a police force. Arcturia's national animal is the Hirsute Eagle, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

Arcturia is ranked 65,132nd in the world and 3,033rd in Balder for Healthiest Citizens, with 3.63 Bananas Ingested Per Day.

Top
5%
Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 3,001stHighest Crime Rates: 3,539thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 7,298thHighest Disposable Incomes: 9,209thLargest Publishing Industry: 9,592ndTop
10%
Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 15,233rdMost Pro-Market: 15,480thMost Armed: 16,591stLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 16,771stLargest Manufacturing Sector: 17,996thHighest Economic Output: 21,147thMost Rebellious Youth: 21,396th
Top
5%
Highest Crime Rates: 144th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 161st in the regionMost Pro-Market: 332nd in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 345th in the regionTop
10%
Highest Wealthy Incomes: 390th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 499th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 509th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 571st in the regionMost Armed: 601st in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 614th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Arcturia was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Rudest Citizens.
  • : Arcturia was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Highest Economic Output.
  • : Arcturia was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Rebellious Youth and Most World Assembly Endorsements.
  • : Arcturia was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Publishing Industry.
  • : Arcturia's influence in Balder rose from "Minnow" to "Sprat".
  • : Arcturia was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Publishing Industry.
  • : Arcturia was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Extensive Civil Rights.
  • : Arcturia was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most World Assembly Endorsements.
  • : Arcturia was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Publishing Industry.
  • : Arcturia was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most World Assembly Endorsements.

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