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Largest Soda Pop Sector: 5th Largest Pizza Delivery Sector: 10th Largest Retail Industry: 12th
The Ur-Quan Masters of
Compulsory Consumerist State
Hold what you do is wrong! Why do you do this thing?
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Civil Rights
Excellent
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Rare

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The Ur-Quan Masters of Hesperonis is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Lord 353 with an iron fist, and notable for its barren, inhospitable landscape, deadly medical pandemics, and free-roaming dinosaurs. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, cheerful population of 29.345 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.

There is no government in the normal sense of the word; however, a small group of community-minded, corrupt, well-organized individuals prioritizes Defense, although Industry, Education, and Healthcare are also considered important, while Social Policy and Environment receive no funds. 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 16,302 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 Retail, Gambling, and Information Technology. Average income is a breathtaking 555,533 Sa-Matras, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 2,280,072 per year while the poor average 89,364, a ratio of 25.5 to 1.

Government police forces protect public schools from the threat of protest, biotech companies are fined if their jumbled genetic sequences look too familiar, protestors are soaking piles of Sa-Matras in blood to make a point about government incomes, and advertisements read like science journal articles complete with extensive references. 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.

Hesperonis is ranked 1,797th in the world and 104th in Lazarus for Most Efficient Economies, scoring 100 on the Krugman-Greenspan Business Outlook Index.

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Largest Soda Pop Sector: 5thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 10thLargest Retail Industry: 12thFattest Citizens: 17thHighest Crime Rates: 20thMost Armed: 21stLowest Overall Tax Burden: 29thMost Rebellious Youth: 37thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 46thLargest Gambling Industry: 52ndMost Avoided: 56thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 66thHighest Economic Output: 67thHighest Average Incomes: 105thRudest Citizens: 167thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 179thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 206thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 224thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 241stLargest Publishing Industry: 264thLargest Mining Sector: 278thMost Scientifically Advanced: 390thLargest Insurance Industry: 473rdLargest Cheese Export Sector: 554thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 581stLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 672ndSmartest Citizens: 705thLargest Populations: 789thLargest Information Technology Sector: 1,062ndMost Cultured: 1,089thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1,095thMost Stationary: 1,276thLargest Agricultural Sector: 1,365thLargest Black Market: 1,379thTop
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Most Secular: 1,652ndMost Cheerful Citizens: 1,715thMost Efficient Economies: 1,797thMost Influential: 7,208thTop
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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 8,833rdHighest Poor Incomes: 9,947thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 11,386thNudest: 13,433rdMost Corrupt Governments: 14,042ndHighest Drug Use: 14,089th
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Most Armed: 1st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1st in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 1st in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 2nd in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 2nd in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 2nd in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 3rd in the regionMost Avoided: 3rd in the regionFattest Citizens: 3rd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 3rd in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 5th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 6th in the regionRudest Citizens: 6th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 6th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 6th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 6th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 6th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 8th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 11th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 14th in the regionLargest Populations: 20th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 21st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 24th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 25th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 28th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 28th in the regionMost Stationary: 31st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 31st in the regionMost Cultured: 33rd in the regionMost Secular: 44th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 44th in the regionTop
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Largest Agricultural Sector: 59th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 60th in the regionLargest Black Market: 70th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 104th in the regionMost Influential: 217th in the regionTop
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Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 327th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 417th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 427th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Hesperonis, advertisements read like science journal articles complete with extensive references.
  • : Following new legislation in Hesperonis, protestors are soaking piles of Sa-Matras in blood to make a point about government incomes.
  • : Following new legislation in Hesperonis, biotech companies are fined if their jumbled genetic sequences look too familiar.
  • : Following new legislation in Hesperonis, government police forces protect public schools from the threat of protest.
  • : Following new legislation in Hesperonis, there is a heavy social stigma attached to e-cigarettes.
  • : Following new legislation in Hesperonis, in a desperate bid for cheap airfare Ur-Quans can be seen jogging in a rubber suit just before flying.
  • : Following new legislation in Hesperonis, cheap and tasteless vegetables flood the markets.
  • : Following new legislation in Hesperonis, Lord 353 has incinerated the international climate treaty in a public coal burning ceremony.
  • : Hesperonis was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Corrupt Governments.
  • : Following new legislation in Hesperonis, the armed forces are vetting the political loyalties of its remaining officers.

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