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Arcturus Novus

Population13.297 billion

LeaderIanus Marius Africanus

AnimalArcturan valehound

The People's Federation of Arcturus Novus is a gargantuan, socially progressive nation, ruled by Ianus Marius Africanus with a fair hand, and remarkable for its museums and concert halls, sprawling nuclear power plants, and infamous sell-swords. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful, devout population of 13.297 billion Arcturans hold their civil and political rights very dear, although the wealthy and those in business tend to be viewed with suspicion.

The enormous, liberal, outspoken government prioritizes Education, with Social Policy, Environment, and Welfare also on the agenda, while Spirituality and Administration receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Veri. The average income tax rate is 98.5%.

The frighteningly efficient Arcturan economy, worth a remarkable 2,372 trillion aurs a year, is quite specialized and mostly made up of the Book Publishing industry, with significant contributions from Tourism. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 178,420 aurs, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Knock-knock jokes regularly get removed from websites for being too edgy, collisions between bicycles and carnival floats are on the rise, raver DJ XStacy holds multiple medical degrees in chillaxing, and the acceptance of acupuncture and other alternative therapies has needled the scientific community. Crime is totally unknown. Arcturus Novus's national animal is the Arcturan valehound, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Chaotism.

Arcturus Novus is ranked 146,952nd in the world and 399th in The Communist Bloc for Greatest Rich-Poor Divides, with 1.48 Rich To Poor Income Ratio.

Most Cheerful Citizens: 244thMost Advanced Public Education: 294thMost Cultured: 340thLargest Publishing Industry: 564thMost Inclusive: 567thNicest Citizens: 735thMost Rebellious Youth: 743rdMost Efficient Economies: 784thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1,092ndSmartest Citizens: 1,108thMost Developed: 1,108thLargest Welfare Programs: 1,224thLeast Corrupt Governments: 1,232ndMost Compassionate Citizens: 1,545thHighest Average Tax Rates: 1,599thMost Advanced Public Transport: 1,645thHealthiest Citizens: 1,669thTop
Largest Governments: 1,811thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1,854thLongest Average Lifespans: 1,936thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 2,106thMost Pacifist: 2,567thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 2,573rdHighest Poor Incomes: 2,639thMost Beautiful Environments: 2,892ndHighest Economic Output: 3,797thSafest: 4,011thMost Devout: 4,450thMost Influential: 5,233rdMost Subsidized Industry: 5,601stMost Scientifically Advanced: 6,658thLowest Crime Rates: 6,789thHighest Average Incomes: 7,288thNudest: 8,229thTop
Most Politically Free: 8,852ndLargest Populations: 9,016thMost Extensive Civil Rights: 13,138thHighest Drug Use: 13,478th
Most Cheerful Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 1st in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 2nd in the regionMost Cultured: 3rd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 5th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 8th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 8th in the regionLargest Populations: 8th in the regionMost Devout: 8th in the regionTop
Nicest Citizens: 14th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 15th in the regionMost Inclusive: 19th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 24th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 30th in the regionMost Developed: 32nd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 35th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 43rd in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 44th in the regionTop
Most Popular Tourist Destinations: 46th in the regionLargest Governments: 48th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 49th in the regionNudest: 49th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 54th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 57th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 58th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 63rd in the regionMost Politically Free: 63rd in the regionMost Pacifist: 67th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 68th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 70th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 72nd in the regionSafest: 77th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 85th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 87th in the region

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