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Largest Cheese Export Sector: 3,609thLargest Agricultural Sector: 5,447thHighest Disposable Incomes: 7,035th
The Taking A Break from NS of
Capitalist Paradise
Ad Astra Per Aspera
Influence
Sprat
Civil Rights
Very Good
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Some

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Earth Orbit

Population2.635 billion

CapitalOrbis Alpha-1
LeaderJames Haywood

Currencycredit
Animaltardigrade

The Taking A Break from NS of Earth Orbit is a massive, safe nation, ruled by James Haywood with an even hand, and remarkable for its digital currency, rampant corporate plagiarism, and irreverence towards religion. The hard-nosed, hard-working population of 2.635 billion Orbiters are either ruled by a sleek, efficient government or a conglomerate of multinational corporations; it's difficult to tell which.

The relatively small government juggles the competing demands of Industry, Defense, and Law & Order. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Orbis Alpha-1. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 11.5%.

The frighteningly efficient Orbitian economy, worth 279 trillion credits a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Retail, Beef-Based Agriculture, and Tourism. Average income is an impressive 105,994 credits, with the richest citizens earning 9.5 times as much as the poorest.

There have been sightings of people walking around dressed in nothing but leopard-skin g-strings for 'religious reasons', crime suspects are forced to submit to blood testing, unemployed political consultants and advertisers spend every election night weeping for the good old days, and the youth vote is only counted when kindergarten teachers ask who drew the best picture. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Earth Orbit's national animal is the tardigrade.

Earth Orbit is ranked 43,880th in the world and 1,121st in the South Pacific for Greatest Rich-Poor Divides, with 9.47 Rich To Poor Income Ratio.

Top
5%
Largest Cheese Export Sector: 3,609thLargest Agricultural Sector: 5,447thHighest Disposable Incomes: 7,035thTop
10%
Most Influential: 12,297thLargest Retail Industry: 13,272ndLargest Information Technology Sector: 18,628thMost Valuable International Artwork: 19,198thMost Developed: 21,442ndMost Scientifically Advanced: 21,654thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 22,251stHighest Wealthy Incomes: 22,263rdMost Efficient Economies: 22,446th
Top
5%
Largest Cheese Export Sector: 84th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 143rd in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 185th in the regionTop
10%
Largest Retail Industry: 481st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 549th in the regionRudest Citizens: 575th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 587th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 593rd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 625th in the regionMost Developed: 634th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 657th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 751st in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Earth Orbit was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Highest Wealthy Incomes.
  • : Earth Orbit was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Politically Apathetic Citizens.
  • : Following new legislation in Earth Orbit, the youth vote is only counted when kindergarten teachers ask who drew the best picture.
  • : Following new legislation in Earth Orbit, unemployed political consultants and advertisers spend every election night weeping for the good old days.
  • : Following new legislation in Earth Orbit, crime suspects are forced to submit to blood testing.
  • : Following new legislation in Earth Orbit, there have been sightings of people walking around dressed in nothing but leopard-skin g-strings for 'religious reasons'.
  • : Following new legislation in Earth Orbit, copyright laws have been abolished.
  • : Earth Orbit's influence in The South Pacific fell from "Shoeshiner" to "Sprat".
  • : Earth Orbit's influence in The South Pacific fell from "Page" to "Shoeshiner".
  • : Earth Orbit was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Scientifically Advanced.

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