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Largest Soda Pop Sector: 5thMost Armed: 19thHighest Crime Rates: 20th
The Ur-Quan Masters of
Compulsory Consumerist State
Hold what you do is wrong! Why do you do this thing?
Influence
Shoeshiner
Region
Civil Rights
Very Good
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Rare

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Hesperonis

Population39.875 billion

CapitalDelta Crateris V
LeaderLord 353
FaithPath of Now and Forever

CurrencySa-Matra
AnimalDnyarri

The Ur-Quan Masters of Hesperonis is a gargantuan, orderly nation, ruled by Lord 353 with an iron fist, and remarkable for its barren, inhospitable landscape, deadly medical pandemics, and complete lack of prisons. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, cheerful population of 39.875 billion Ur-Quans are rabid consumers, partly through choice and partly because the government tells them to and dissenters tend to vanish from their homes at night.

The minute, corrupt, well-organized government, or what there is of one, is effectively ruled by the Department of Defense, with Social Policy and Welfare not funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Delta Crateris V. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Hesperonisian economy, worth an astonishing 24,862 trillion Sa-Matras a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Soda Sales industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Retail, and Gambling. Average income is a breathtaking 623,504 Sa-Matras, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 2,805,771 per year while the poor average 85,477, a ratio of 32.8 to 1.

The SWAT team always rings twice, families burn Lord 353's latest official photograph to keep warm, the government regularly reassures citizens that there are no monsters under their beds, and new pilots are regularly reminded that they are more expendable than their planes. Crime, especially youth-related, is so common that it is unusual to encounter someone following the law, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. Hesperonis's national animal is the Dnyarri, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Path of Now and Forever.

Hesperonis is ranked 29,425th in the world and 448th in Lazarus for Greatest Rich-Poor Divides, with 32.82 Rich To Poor Income Ratio.

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Largest Soda Pop Sector: 5thMost Armed: 19thHighest Crime Rates: 20thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 21stLowest Overall Tax Burden: 24thFattest Citizens: 26thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 27thMost Rebellious Youth: 29thLargest Gambling Industry: 50thHighest Disposable Incomes: 53rdHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 53rdHighest Economic Output: 55thMost Avoided: 59thLargest Retail Industry: 83rdLargest Cheese Export Sector: 141stHighest Average Incomes: 144thRudest Citizens: 204thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 211thMost Efficient Economies: 249thLargest Publishing Industry: 255thLargest Mining Sector: 259thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 260thLargest Insurance Industry: 270thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 341stLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 348thLargest Agricultural Sector: 467thMost Scientifically Advanced: 494thMost Cultured: 580thSmartest Citizens: 623rdMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 666thLargest Populations: 673rdMost Stationary: 851stLargest Information Technology Sector: 1,184thMost Valuable International Artwork: 2,042ndLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2,181stTop
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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2,717thMost Cheerful Citizens: 3,217thMost Corrupt Governments: 3,249thMost Secular: 6,757thLargest Black Market: 7,174thMost Patriotic: 11,056thMost Influential: 12,830thTop
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Highest Poor Incomes: 17,098thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 22,135thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 27,099th
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Fattest Citizens: 1st in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Avoided: 1st in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 1st in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 1st in the regionMost Armed: 1st in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 2nd in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 2nd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 2nd in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 3rd in the regionRudest Citizens: 4th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 8th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 8th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 8th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 8th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 11th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 12th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 12th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 13th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 14th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 14th in the regionLargest Populations: 15th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 16th in the regionMost Stationary: 17th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 21st in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 21st in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 21st in the regionMost Cultured: 22nd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 43rd in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 68th in the regionTop
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Largest Manufacturing Sector: 102nd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 133rd in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 153rd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 156th in the regionMost Influential: 276th in the regionLargest Black Market: 332nd in the regionMost Secular: 357th in the regionTop
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Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 448th in the regionMost Patriotic: 527th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 610th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 688th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Hesperonis, new pilots are regularly reminded that they are more expendable than their planes.
  • : Following new legislation in Hesperonis, the government regularly reassures citizens that there are no monsters under their beds.
  • : Following new legislation in Hesperonis, families burn Lord 353's latest official photograph to keep warm.
  • : Following new legislation in Hesperonis, the SWAT team always rings twice.
  • : Following new legislation in Hesperonis, turning eighteen is often referred to as the 'Age of Aquarius'.
  • : Following new legislation in Hesperonis, it is said that a Hesperonisian woman's work is never done.
  • : Following new legislation in Hesperonis, the nation was recently voted as the most stylish in Lazarus.
  • : Following new legislation in Hesperonis, napalm is the tool of choice for disabling eco-unfriendly forestry operations.
  • : Following new legislation in Hesperonis, the nation leads Lazarus in per capita stalking.
  • : Following new legislation in Hesperonis, the Treasury has been accused of flushing money down the toilet.

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