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Most Influential: 3,097thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 3,881stLargest Agricultural Sector: 5,302nd
The Taking A Break from NS of
Capitalist Paradise
Ad Astra Per Aspera
Influence
Shoeshiner
Civil Rights
Very Good
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Below Average

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Earth Orbit

Population1.918 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 renowned for its keen interest in outer space, anti-smoking policies, and irreverence towards religion. The hard-nosed, hard-working population of 1.918 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 Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Orbis Alpha-1. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 10.3%.

The frighteningly efficient Orbitian economy, worth 205 trillion credits a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Retail, Beef-Based Agriculture, and Book Publishing. Average income is an impressive 107,338 credits, with the richest citizens earning 9.7 times as much as the poorest.

Several inches are being added to first class seating, the government has declined to declare any particular religion as its 'official' one, James Haywood has just been declared ruler of Earth Orbit in an international press conference, and one year's corporation tax from three international megacorporations has funded one dozen shiny black pencils for James Haywood's office. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Earth Orbit's national animal is the tardigrade.

Earth Orbit is ranked 46,765th in the world and 2,004th in the South Pacific for Lowest Overall Tax Burden, scoring 97.05 on the Hayek Index.

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Most Influential: 3,097thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 3,881stLargest Agricultural Sector: 5,302ndHighest Disposable Incomes: 6,836thLargest Retail Industry: 10,342ndTop
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Largest Information Technology Sector: 18,824thMost Valuable International Artwork: 18,852ndLargest Publishing Industry: 19,557thMost Developed: 20,495thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 20,778thMost Efficient Economies: 20,782ndMost Scientifically Advanced: 21,650th
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Largest Cheese Export Sector: 100th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 155th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 173rd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 329th in the regionMost Influential: 375th in the regionTop
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Rudest Citizens: 560th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 568th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 575th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 582nd in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 597th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 608th in the regionMost Developed: 614th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 643rd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 825th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : 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.
  • : Earth Orbit was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Publishing Industry.
  • : Earth Orbit was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Retail Industry and the Top 10% for Highest Wealthy Incomes.
  • : Earth Orbit's influence in The South Pacific fell from "Squire" to "Page".
  • : Earth Orbit was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Highest Wealthy Incomes.
  • : Following new legislation in Earth Orbit, one year's corporation tax from three international megacorporations has funded one dozen shiny black pencils for James Haywood's office.
  • : Earth Orbit was reclassified from "Inoffensive Centrist Democracy" to "Capitalist Paradise".
  • : Earth Orbit changed its national leader to "James Haywood".
  • : Following new legislation in Earth Orbit, James Haywood has just been declared ruler of Earth Orbit in an international press conference.

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