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Largest Insurance Industry: 130th Highest Wealthy Incomes: 221st Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 229th
The Royal Ponydom of
Corporate Police State
Celestia is love; Celestia is Life
Princess Celestia
Influence
Shoeshiner
Region
Civil Rights
Outlawed
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Unheard Of

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Olthar

Population15.638 billion

CapitalCanterlot
LeaderPrincess Celestia
FaithPonyism

CurrencyBit
AnimalFilly

The Royal Ponydom of Olthar is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Princess Celestia with an iron fist, and notable for its strictly enforced bedtime, flagrant waste-dumping, and otherworldly petting zoo. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 15.638 billion Oltharians 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 minute, corrupt, moralistic, pro-business, well-organized government, or what there is of one, prioritizes Defense, with Industry and Law & Order also on the agenda, while Social Policy and Environment aren't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Canterlot. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Oltharian economy, worth a remarkable 5,732 trillion Bits a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Uranium Mining, and Retail. Average income is an amazing 366,555 Bits, but there is an enormous disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 2,157,411 per year while the poor average 28,975, a ratio of 74.5 to 1.

Safe drinking water is considered a luxury, atheists on vacation find Ponyism's scriptures make useful doorstops, grumbling early morning commuters bemoan having to travel to work in the dark, and high-tech infantry rifles automatically reload when the soldier shoots outside the screen of their helmet HUD. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, despite the fact that it is difficult to make it through a day without breaking one of the country's many laws. Olthar's national animal is the Filly, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Ponyism.

Olthar is ranked 4,705th in the world and 254th in Osiris for Most Politically Apathetic Citizens, with 58.7 Whatever.

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Largest Insurance Industry: 130thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 221stLowest Overall Tax Burden: 229thHighest Disposable Incomes: 313thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 321stMost Avoided: 349thMost Corrupt Governments: 365thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 371stLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 373rdLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 423rdLargest Manufacturing Sector: 551stLargest Mining Sector: 568thLargest Gambling Industry: 587thHighest Average Incomes: 718thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 740thFattest Citizens: 761stLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 767thLargest Retail Industry: 864thHighest Economic Output: 979thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1,509thTop
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Most Efficient Economies: 1,868thMost Scientifically Advanced: 2,145thRudest Citizens: 2,857thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 3,188thNudest: 3,449thMost Devout: 4,227thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 4,705thMost Conservative: 5,007thLargest Information Technology Sector: 5,317thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 6,366thLargest Black Market: 6,789thLargest Populations: 7,578thMost Pro-Market: 7,899thMost Extreme: 8,046thTop
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Most Ignorant Citizens: 11,354thMost Armed: 14,379th
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Largest Insurance Industry: 4th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 6th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 8th in the regionMost Avoided: 8th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 9th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 10th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 10th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 11th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 13th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 19th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 21st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 27th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 28th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 29th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 29th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 30th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 32nd in the regionFattest Citizens: 32nd in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 36th in the regionTop
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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 69th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 72nd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 87th in the regionRudest Citizens: 103rd in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 112th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 135th in the regionMost Conservative: 141st in the regionMost Extreme: 180th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 181st in the regionNudest: 184th in the regionMost Devout: 198th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 204th in the regionLargest Populations: 204th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 254th in the regionTop
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Largest Black Market: 400th in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 470th in the regionMost Influential: 533rd in the regionMost Armed: 577th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Olthar's influence in Osiris rose from "Sprat" to "Shoeshiner".
  • : Olthar was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Populations.
  • : Olthar was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Agricultural Sector.
  • : Following new legislation in Olthar, high-tech infantry rifles automatically reload when the soldier shoots outside the screen of their helmet HUD.
  • : Following new legislation in Olthar, grumbling early morning commuters bemoan having to travel to work in the dark.
  • : Following new legislation in Olthar, atheists on vacation find Ponyism's scriptures make useful doorstops.
  • : Olthar was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Pro-Market.
  • : Following new legislation in Olthar, safe drinking water is considered a luxury.
  • : Following new legislation in Olthar, it is illegal to brush crumbs off your clothing outdoors.
  • : Following new legislation in Olthar, hidden bedroom-cams are installed to catch mothers doing their kids' homework.

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