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Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 586thMost Valuable International Artwork: 604thMost Efficient Economies: 611th
The City-State of
Benevolent Dictatorship
Efficiency is the Precursor to Success
Influence
Shoeshiner
Region
Civil Rights
Excessive
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Rare

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Rho Ophiuchi

Population2.799 billion

CurrencyKilogram of Iron
AnimalRotifer

The City-State of Rho Ophiuchi is a massive, orderly nation, renowned for its multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, keen interest in outer space, and national health service. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical population of 2.799 billion Rho Ophiuchians enjoy great individual freedoms in everything except elections, which, where they exist at all, are populist shams for a dictatorship government that has no intention of ever giving up power.

The tiny, corrupt, liberal, pro-business, well-organized government is dominated by the Department of Industry, although Education and Healthcare are also considered important, while Environment and Law & Order receive no funds. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Rho Ophiuchian economy, worth 819 trillion Kilograms of Iron a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Retail, Arms Manufacturing, and Gambling. Average income is an amazing 292,865 Kilograms of Iron, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,943,723 per year while the poor average 16,901, a ratio of 115 to 1.

Corporations claim the third ounce of any metal traded in a wicker-cone on the Sunday of a full moon as a charitable expense, reflection is vital for badly behaved politicians, biker gangs and fashionistas are converting to Violetism en masse, and paranoid museum guards keep a lookout for any animated displays attempting to escape the premises after dark. Crime, especially youth-related, is all-pervasive, probably because of the absence of a police force. Rho Ophiuchi's national animal is the Rotifer, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Rho Ophiuchi is ranked 767th in the world and 9th in the Pacific for Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector, scoring 16,133.21 on the Henry Ford Productivity Index.

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Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 586thMost Valuable International Artwork: 604thMost Efficient Economies: 611thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 615thHighest Crime Rates: 687thLargest Retail Industry: 702ndHighest Disposable Incomes: 702ndLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 767thMost Avoided: 770thMost Armed: 795thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 836thRudest Citizens: 1,556thLargest Gambling Industry: 1,582ndMost Subsidized Industry: 1,684thLargest Agricultural Sector: 1,924thMost Scientifically Advanced: 1,939thHighest Drug Use: 2,218thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 2,281stHighest Average Incomes: 2,494thMost Rebellious Youth: 2,577thMost Corrupt Governments: 2,708thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 2,718thTop
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Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 2,974thLargest Insurance Industry: 3,052ndLargest Manufacturing Sector: 3,309thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 3,419thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 3,527thLargest Mining Sector: 3,556thLargest Information Technology Sector: 4,518thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 5,405thLargest Publishing Industry: 5,676thSmartest Citizens: 7,155thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 8,051stLargest Cheese Export Sector: 8,188thMost Cheerful Citizens: 10,256thMost Inclusive: 11,605thMost Developed: 12,301stTop
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Most Cultured: 14,261stLargest Governments: 15,980thHighest Food Quality: 16,195thHealthiest Citizens: 17,041stMost Secular: 24,299thMost Pro-Market: 24,394th
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Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 7th in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 8th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 9th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 10th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 13th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 16th in the regionMost Armed: 19th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 19th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 20th in the regionMost Avoided: 20th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 21st in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 21st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 24th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 29th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 33rd in the regionRudest Citizens: 33rd in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 40th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 42nd in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 45th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 49th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 49th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 51st in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 61st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 64th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 68th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 70th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 71st in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 97th in the regionTop
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Largest Publishing Industry: 114th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 131st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 146th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 170th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 192nd in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 196th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 206th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 257th in the regionLargest Black Market: 270th in the regionMost Developed: 305th in the regionMost Cultured: 312th in the regionMost Inclusive: 322nd in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 338th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 342nd in the regionLargest Governments: 361st in the regionNudest: 404th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 407th in the regionHighest Food Quality: 413th in the regionMost Extreme: 471st in the regionTop
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Most Stationary: 580th in the regionMost Secular: 629th in the regionMost Influential: 633rd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 705th in the regionLargest Populations: 735th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 927th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 951st in the region

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