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Largest Cheese Export Sector: 443rd Highest Poor Incomes: 502nd Most Scientifically Advanced: 946th
The Star Kingdom of
Liberal Democratic Socialists
For the love of - not another bloody assassin?
Influence
Minnow
Region
Civil Rights
Excellent
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Excellent

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Spindle

Population7.057 billion

CapitalPuriel
LeaderQueen Tethys II

CurrencyNew Carth Diamond
AnimalTerror Wasp

The Star Kingdom of Spindle is a colossal, genial nation, ruled by Queen Tethys II with a fair hand, and notable for its smutty television, ubiquitous missile silos, and punitive income tax rates. The compassionate, democratic, humorless population of 7.057 billion Spindleans love a good election, and the government gives them plenty of them. Universities tend to be full of students debating the merits of various civil and political rights, while businesses are tightly regulated and the wealthy viewed with suspicion.

The medium-sized, socially-minded government juggles the competing demands of Education, Industry, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Puriel. The average income tax rate is 98.3%.

The frighteningly efficient Spindlean economy, worth a remarkable 2,011 trillion New Carth Diamonds a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is broadly diversified, is led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Tourism, Book Publishing, and Cheese Exports. Average income is an amazing 284,980 New Carth Diamonds, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Male politicians lose their jobs for staring too long at their female counterparts, in musicals everybody's a little bit racist, billions of New Carth Diamonds are spent to take high-quality photos of the Terror Wasp Nebula, and billion-New Carth Diamond sentient AI killbots roll through the streets dispensing hot dogs and T-shirts. Crime is totally unknown. Spindle's national animal is the Terror Wasp, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Spindle is ranked 104,794th in the world and 3,395th in Lazarus for Largest Mining Sector, scoring 528.3 on the Blue Sky Asbestos Index.

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Largest Cheese Export Sector: 443rdHighest Poor Incomes: 502ndMost Scientifically Advanced: 946thMost Inclusive: 998thSmartest Citizens: 1,131stLargest Governments: 1,328thMost Pacifist: 1,524thLargest Information Technology Sector: 1,601stLargest Welfare Programs: 1,639thMost Subsidized Industry: 1,698thMost Rebellious Youth: 1,741stTop
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Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 1,810thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 1,828thHighest Average Incomes: 1,865thLargest Publishing Industry: 1,942ndMost Advanced Public Transport: 1,973rdMost Developed: 1,991stSafest: 2,022ndHighest Average Tax Rates: 2,032ndMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 2,262ndMost Advanced Public Education: 2,645thLowest Crime Rates: 2,998thMost Cultured: 3,250thMost Compassionate Citizens: 3,959thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 4,229thLeast Corrupt Governments: 4,595thMost Efficient Economies: 5,050thLongest Average Lifespans: 5,142ndMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 5,436thNicest Citizens: 5,565thHighest Economic Output: 5,894thMost Secular: 6,102ndHealthiest Citizens: 8,130thTop
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Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 8,996thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 10,346thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 10,496thNudest: 12,210thLargest Agricultural Sector: 13,130thLargest Retail Industry: 13,624thMost Income Equality: 15,776thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 17,131st
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Highest Poor Incomes: 14th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 22nd in the regionMost Inclusive: 33rd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 36th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 38th in the regionTop
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Largest Governments: 58th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 59th in the regionMost Pacifist: 65th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 70th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 72nd in the regionMost Developed: 74th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 77th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 79th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 83rd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 83rd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 91st in the regionSafest: 101st in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 105th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 112th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 114th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 121st in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 149th in the regionMost Cultured: 154th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 157th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 232nd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 233rd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 245th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 252nd in the regionNicest Citizens: 261st in the regionTop
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Highest Economic Output: 290th in the regionMost Secular: 297th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 305th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 439th in the regionNudest: 460th in the regionMost Income Equality: 463rd in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 468th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 498th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 520th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 528th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Spindle was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Rebellious Youth.
  • : Spindle's influence in Lazarus rose from "Nipper" to "Minnow".
  • : Following new legislation in Spindle, billion-New Carth Diamond sentient AI killbots roll through the streets dispensing hot dogs and T-shirts.
  • : Spindle's influence in Lazarus rose from "Newcomer" to "Nipper".
  • : Following new legislation in Spindle, billions of New Carth Diamonds are spent to take high-quality photos of the Terror Wasp Nebula.
  • : Following new legislation in Spindle, in musicals everybody's a little bit racist.
  • : Following new legislation in Spindle, male politicians lose their jobs for staring too long at their female counterparts.
  • : Following new legislation in Spindle, lifelong celibates are surprised to receive government-issue condoms in the post.
  • : Spindle was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Subsidized Industry.
  • : Following new legislation in Spindle, the parliament building has installed a revolving door.

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