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Largest Soda Pop Sector: 5th Largest Pizza Delivery Sector: 15th Highest Crime Rates: 17th
The Ur-Quan Masters of
Capitalist Paradise
Hold what you do is wrong! Why do you do this thing?
Influence
Shoeshiner
Region
Civil Rights
Very Good
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Very Good

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Hesperonis

Population34.201 billion

CapitalDelta Crateris V
LeaderLord 353
FaithPath of Now and Forever

CurrencySa-Matra
AnimalDnyarri

The Ur-Quan Masters of Hesperonis is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Lord 353 with an even hand, and notable for its museums and concert halls, infamous sell-swords, and unlimited-speed roads. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, cheerful population of 34.201 billion Ur-Quans are either ruled by a sleek, efficient government or a conglomerate of multinational corporations; it's difficult to tell which.

The minute, corrupt, pro-business government, or what there is of one, is solely concerned with Defense. 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 20,274 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, Information Technology, and Gambling. Average income is a breathtaking 592,816 Sa-Matras, but there is an enormous disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 3,530,511 per year while the poor average 45,550, a ratio of 77.5 to 1.

Sex education has become an intricate maze of stick figures and complex metaphors, "What's the Frequency, Lord 353?" is a favorite phrase of backyard radio broadcasters when interrupting official diplomatic channels, the constantly ringing phones in Lord 353's office have driven a few interns mad, and people believe that if you teach a man to fish he won't buy fish from you any more. 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 161,005th in the world and 6,954th in Lazarus for Most Income Equality, scoring 1.29 on the Marx-Engels Emancipation Scale.

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Largest Soda Pop Sector: 5thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 15thHighest Crime Rates: 17thMost Armed: 17thFattest Citizens: 22ndLowest Overall Tax Burden: 23rdRudest Citizens: 26thMost Rebellious Youth: 32ndHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 41stLargest Retail Industry: 48thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 53rdLargest Gambling Industry: 57thHighest Disposable Incomes: 58thHighest Economic Output: 58thMost Avoided: 62ndHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 77thHighest Average Incomes: 121stLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 196thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 213thLargest Mining Sector: 244thLargest Publishing Industry: 255thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 299thLargest Insurance Industry: 344thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 386thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 398thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 410thMost Scientifically Advanced: 588thLargest Populations: 711thSmartest Citizens: 728thMost Cultured: 867thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 922ndMost Stationary: 1,031stLargest Information Technology Sector: 1,312thMost Efficient Economies: 1,680thTop
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Most Cheerful Citizens: 1,815thLargest Agricultural Sector: 1,881stLargest Black Market: 3,803rdLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 4,828thMost Corrupt Governments: 5,116thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 7,735thMost Secular: 8,082ndTop
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Most Pro-Market: 9,319thMost Influential: 9,408th
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Highest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 1st in the regionMost Armed: 1st in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 2nd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 2nd in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 2nd in the regionMost Avoided: 3rd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 3rd in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 3rd in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 3rd in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 3rd in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 3rd in the regionRudest Citizens: 3rd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 3rd in the regionFattest Citizens: 3rd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 5th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 6th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 7th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 11th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 11th in the regionLargest Populations: 13th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 15th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 16th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 16th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 17th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 19th in the regionMost Stationary: 21st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 22nd in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 22nd in the regionMost Cultured: 31st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 37th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 41st in the regionTop
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Most Cheerful Citizens: 81st in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 89th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 101st in the regionLargest Black Market: 221st in the regionMost Influential: 247th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 249th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 275th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 320th in the regionTop
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Most Pro-Market: 379th in the regionMost Secular: 433rd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 641st in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Hesperonis, people believe that if you teach a man to fish he won't buy fish from you any more.
  • : Following new legislation in Hesperonis, the constantly ringing phones in Lord 353's office have driven a few interns mad.
  • : Following new legislation in Hesperonis, "What's the Frequency, Lord 353?" is a favorite phrase of backyard radio broadcasters when interrupting official diplomatic channels.
  • : Following new legislation in Hesperonis, sex education has become an intricate maze of stick figures and complex metaphors.
  • : Hesperonis was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Efficient Economies.
  • : Hesperonis was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Efficient Economies.
  • : Hesperonis was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Largest Agricultural Sector.
  • : Following new legislation in Hesperonis, citizens finish cleaning up after the annual National Treasure Hunt just in time for the next one.
  • : Following new legislation in Hesperonis, taxpayers receive expenditure reports from the Grand High Poobah of the Order of Violet.
  • : Following new legislation in Hesperonis, soldiers' positions are given away by the glint of their bayonets.

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