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Arcturus Novus

Population19.753 billion

CapitalVeri
LeaderTertius Quirinus Maro
FaithArcturan Orthodoxy

Currencyaur
AnimalArcturan valehound

The Union of Arcturus Novus is a gargantuan, socially progressive nation, ruled by Tertius Quirinus Maro with a fair hand, and renowned for its daily referendums, unlimited-speed roads, and stringent health and safety legislation. 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 is ignored. 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 238,804th in the world and 861st in The Communist Bloc for Fattest Citizens, with 2.2 Obesity Rate.

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Most Cheerful Citizens: 238thMost Advanced Public Education: 316thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 374thMost Cultured: 422ndLeast Corrupt Governments: 616thLargest Welfare Programs: 654thNicest Citizens: 669thMost Inclusive: 674thLargest Publishing Industry: 688thMost Influential: 705thMost Rebellious Youth: 713thMost Advanced Public Transport: 718thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 743rdHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 886thMost Developed: 943rdMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 944thHighest Average Tax Rates: 1,059thMost Compassionate Citizens: 1,077thSmartest Citizens: 1,079thLongest Average Lifespans: 1,129thHealthiest Citizens: 1,152ndLargest Governments: 1,272ndMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1,550thSafest: 1,847thMost Beautiful Environments: 1,967thMost Pacifist: 2,252ndMost Valuable International Artwork: 2,340thTop
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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 2,758thHighest Poor Incomes: 2,891stHighest Economic Output: 3,034thLowest Crime Rates: 4,004thMost Efficient Economies: 4,698thMost Subsidized Industry: 5,321stHighest Average Incomes: 6,438thMost Scientifically Advanced: 6,489thBest Weather: 6,739thLargest Populations: 7,948thMost Devout: 11,109thTop
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Most Stationary: 18,586thMost Politically Free: 21,558thMost Extensive Civil Rights: 21,719th
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Most Cheerful Citizens: 2nd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 4th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 5th in the regionMost Cultured: 7th in the regionTop
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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 regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 17th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 17th in the regionMost Devout: 19th in the regionNicest Citizens: 20th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 21st in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 21st in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 21st 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 regionLargest Governments: 34th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 34th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 34th in the regionSafest: 35th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 35th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 41st in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 43rd in the regionTop
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Most Stationary: 48th in the regionMost Pacifist: 51st 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: 68th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 77th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 78th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 82nd in the region

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