by Max Barry

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The Starlit Empire of
Democratic Socialists
Even from deep space the lights shine bright from Earth
Eminence Grise
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Benevolent Universe

Population2.376 billion


Animalhuman-grey hybrid

The Starlit Empire of Benevolent Universe is a massive, cultured nation, notable for its ubiquitous missile silos, keen interest in outer space, and stringent health and safety legislation. The compassionate, devout population of 2.376 billion Benevolent Universeans are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The medium-sized, socially-minded government juggles the competing demands of Welfare, Education, and Defense. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Ellipsis. The average income tax rate is 36.3%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The sizeable but sluggish Benevolent Universean economy, worth 66.5 trillion Gorts a year, is quite specialized and led by the Pizza Delivery industry, with major contributions from Trout Farming, Furniture Restoration, and Arms Manufacturing. Black market activity is notable. State-owned companies are common. Average income is 27,985 Gorts, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The government's suggestions box is curiously empty these days, the navy is chrome-plating its battleships to prevent rust, the Benevolent Universean Arts Council pays teenagers to sit through opera performances, and Benevolent Universe has designated Ellipsis as its capital city. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Benevolent Universe's national animal is the human-grey hybrid, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Benevolent Universe is ranked 96,303rd in the world and 1st in Benevolent States for Highest Unexpected Death Rate, scoring 32.64 on the Bus Surprisal Index.

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