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Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 3,334th Most Subsidized Industry: 4,729th Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 5,090th
The People's Republic of
Iron Fist Consumerists
Workers of the world, unite!
Luka Volkov
Influence
Truckler
Civil Rights
Some
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Rare

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Horizon 22

Population3.131 billion

CapitalMoscow
LeaderLuka Volkov
FaithAtheism

CurrencyRuble
AnimalEagle

The People's Republic of Horizon 22 is a massive, orderly nation, ruled by Luka Volkov with an iron fist, and renowned for its rampant corporate plagiarism, pith helmet sales, and flagrant waste-dumping. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical population of 3.131 billion Horizonians are kept under strict control by the oppressive government, which measures its success by the nation's GDP and refers to individual citizens as "human resources."

The medium-sized, corrupt, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Industry, Law & Order, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Moscow. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 70.9%.

The frighteningly efficient Horizonian economy, worth 468 trillion Rubles a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Retail, and Book Publishing. Black market activity is frequent. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 149,601 Rubles, with the richest citizens earning 7.8 times as much as the poorest.

Scorched earth tactics have left many a noble estate in smoldering ruins, voting is compulsory, television executives are interested in turning Luka Volkov's zany home life into a sitcom, and drivers are told they're not staring at mobile phone screens enough. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Horizon 22's national animal is the Eagle, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Atheism.

Horizon 22 is ranked 9,857th in the world and 5th in Union of Liberal Nations for Largest Publishing Industry, scoring 10,974.4 on the Bella Potter Productivity e-Index.

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Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 3,334thMost Subsidized Industry: 4,729thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 5,090thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 5,380thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 6,242ndMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 6,532ndLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 6,543rdMost Efficient Economies: 7,146thLargest Retail Industry: 7,449thMost Corrupt Governments: 7,583rdMost Secular: 7,610thTop
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Most Scientifically Advanced: 9,253rdLargest Publishing Industry: 9,857thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 11,004thLowest Crime Rates: 11,064thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 11,097thLargest Black Market: 11,614thHighest Average Incomes: 12,622ndMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 13,917thLargest Governments: 14,938thMost Advanced Public Education: 15,666thMost Developed: 15,674thSmartest Citizens: 16,031stLargest Information Technology Sector: 16,429th
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Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 2nd in the regionTop
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Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 3rd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 4th in the regionMost Secular: 4th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 4th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 5th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 5th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 5th in the region

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