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Arcturus Novus

Population19.753 billion

LeaderTertius Quirinus Maro
FaithArcturan Orthodoxy

AnimalArcturan valehound

The Union of Arcturus Novus is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by Tertius Quirinus Maro with a fair hand, and notable for its daily referendums, unlimited-speed roads, and punitive income tax rates. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful, devout population of 19.753 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 Healthcare also on the agenda, while Spirituality isn't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Veri. The average income tax rate is 99.7%.

The frighteningly efficient Arcturan economy, worth a remarkable 4,016 trillion aurs a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is highly specialized, is mostly made up of the Book Publishing industry, with significant contributions from Tourism and Information Technology. Average income is an amazing 203,344 aurs, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The government has adopted a "Lightning Never Strikes Twice" approach to dealing with natural disasters, the Finance Ministry posts hourly updates on where taxpayer money is spent, anti-government political posters adorn every building like wallpaper, and the government frequently panders to parents with boutique tax credits. 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 Arcturan Orthodoxy.

Arcturus Novus is ranked 238,481st in the world and 863rd in The Communist Bloc for Fattest Citizens, with 2.2 Obesity Rate.

Most Cheerful Citizens: 238thMost Advanced Public Education: 316thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 374thMost Cultured: 422ndLeast Corrupt Governments: 617thLargest Welfare Programs: 656thNicest Citizens: 668thMost Inclusive: 674thLargest Publishing Industry: 688thMost Influential: 706thMost Rebellious Youth: 713thMost Advanced Public Transport: 718thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 743rdHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 887thMost Developed: 942ndMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 943rdHighest Average Tax Rates: 1,060thMost Compassionate Citizens: 1,075thSmartest Citizens: 1,079thLongest Average Lifespans: 1,127thHealthiest Citizens: 1,151stLargest Governments: 1,273rdMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1,551stSafest: 1,846thMost Beautiful Environments: 1,965thMost Pacifist: 2,253rdMost Valuable International Artwork: 2,333rdTop
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 2,792ndHighest Poor Incomes: 2,887thHighest Economic Output: 3,031stLowest Crime Rates: 4,001stMost Efficient Economies: 4,688thMost Subsidized Industry: 5,316thHighest Average Incomes: 6,434thMost Scientifically Advanced: 6,484thBest Weather: 6,733rdLargest Populations: 7,944thMost Devout: 11,084thTop
Most Stationary: 18,608thMost Politically Free: 21,545thMost Extensive Civil Rights: 21,680th
Most Cheerful Citizens: 2nd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 4th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 5th in the regionMost Cultured: 7th in the regionTop
Least Corrupt Governments: 9th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 9th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 11th in the regionLargest Populations: 12th in the regionMost Influential: 15th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 17th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 18th in the regionMost Devout: 20th in the regionNicest Citizens: 20th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 21st in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 22nd in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 22nd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 23rd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 24th in the regionMost Inclusive: 26th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 26th in the regionMost Developed: 27th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 28th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 33rd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 34th in the regionLargest Governments: 35th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 35th in the regionSafest: 36th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 36th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 42nd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 44th in the regionTop
Most Stationary: 48th in the regionMost Pacifist: 52nd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 56th in the regionMost Armed: 57th in the regionMost Politically Free: 61st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 66th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 67th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 69th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 78th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 79th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 80th in the region

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