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Largest Insurance Industry: 272ndMost Avoided: 302ndLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 330th
The Terran Empire of
Corporate Police State
Inter Arma Enim Silent Leges
Influence
Hegemony
Civil Rights
Rare
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Rare

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Hoshi Sato

Population20.835 billion

CapitalEarth
LeaderHoshi Sato
FaithHoshi Sato

CurrencyCredit
AnimalRunaway Slave

The Terran Empire of Hoshi Sato is a gargantuan, orderly nation, ruled by Hoshi Sato with an iron fist, and remarkable for its barren, inhospitable landscape, frequent executions, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 20.835 billion Terrans are ruled with an iron fist by the corrupt, dictatorship government, which oppresses anyone who isn't on the board of a Fortune 500 company. Large corporations tend to be above the law, and use their financial clout to gain ever-increasing government benefits at the expense of the poor and unemployed.

The tiny, corrupt, moralistic, pro-business, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Earth. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 1.9%.

The frighteningly efficient Hoshi Satoan economy, worth a remarkable 7,281 trillion Credits a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Uranium Mining, Retail, and Automobile Manufacturing. Black market activity is notable. Average income is an amazing 349,469 Credits, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,188,789 per year while the poor average 75,728, a ratio of 15.7 to 1.

No one knows how to tie a reef knot, prisoners fit in their parole hearings around their spa treatments, hymns sung by popular choirs top the billboard charts, and the optimally efficient parking strategy for business commuters is referred to as the "traveling salesman problem". Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force. Hoshi Sato's national animal is the Runaway Slave, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Hoshi Sato.

Hoshi Sato is ranked 219,238th in the world and 3rd in Alpha Quadrant for Most Popular Tourist Destinations, with 3.85 Tourists Per Hour.

Top
1%
Largest Insurance Industry: 272ndMost Avoided: 302ndLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 330thHighest Disposable Incomes: 422ndFattest Citizens: 580thMost Ignorant Citizens: 598thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 609thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 692ndLargest Mining Sector: 748thLargest Agricultural Sector: 867thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 869thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 884thHighest Economic Output: 892ndMost Armed: 948thMost Corrupt Governments: 1,032ndLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1,071stLargest Gambling Industry: 1,137thHighest Average Incomes: 1,206thMost Stationary: 1,214thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 1,281stHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1,418thMost Efficient Economies: 1,434thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1,467thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1,755thLargest Retail Industry: 2,055thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 2,068thTop
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Most Advanced Defense Forces: 2,744thRudest Citizens: 2,943rdMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 2,991stLowest Crime Rates: 3,137thLargest Governments: 4,757thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 5,765thLargest Populations: 5,931stMost Primitive: 6,320thLargest Black Market: 7,118thMost Influential: 7,777thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 8,403rdMost Devout: 8,456thMost Subsidized Industry: 10,368thTop
10%
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 17,591stHighest Poor Incomes: 18,989th

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Hoshi Sato, the optimally efficient parking strategy for business commuters is referred to as the "traveling salesman problem".
  • : Following new legislation in Hoshi Sato, hymns sung by popular choirs top the billboard charts.
  • : Following new legislation in Hoshi Sato, prisoners fit in their parole hearings around their spa treatments.
  • : Following new legislation in Hoshi Sato, no one knows how to tie a reef knot.
  • : Hoshi Sato was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Largest Retail Industry, the Top 5% for Largest Black Market, and the Top 10% for Highest Poor Incomes.
  • : Following new legislation in Hoshi Sato, workers have their fruitcake and eat it too.
  • : Hoshi Sato was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Largest Furniture Restoration Industry.
  • : Following new legislation in Hoshi Sato, roosters that herald the rising sun are immediately sent to the slaughterhouse.
  • : Following new legislation in Hoshi Sato, old spellbooks are only useful as door-stops or toilet roll substitute.
  • : Following new legislation in Hoshi Sato, the military conducts 'training exercises' in prisons.

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