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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 1,387thMost Influential: 3,001stMost Valuable International Artwork: 19,575th
The Theocracy of
Corporate Police State
Blessed and Prosperous
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Population797 million

CapitalNew Coventry
LeaderCelestial Emperor Stephen IV

CurrencyStarwellian Silver Petal
AnimalGolden Lion Tamarin

The Theocracy of Starwell is a huge, safe nation, ruled by Celestial Emperor Stephen IV with an iron fist, and remarkable for its barren, inhospitable landscape, sprawling nuclear power plants, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, devout population of 797 million Starwellians 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 medium-sized, corrupt, pro-business, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Law & Order, Defense, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of New Coventry. The average income tax rate is 33.8%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The all-consuming Starwellian economy, worth 63.0 trillion Starwellian Silver Petals a year, is fairly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Gambling, Retail, and Furniture Restoration. Average income is 79,034 Starwellian Silver Petals, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.9 times as much as the poorest.

Politicians sweat as journalists scour internet archives for any mention of them, every day has been a surprise since weather reporters turned to consulting ancient totems for their seven-day forecasts, formerly fertile fields are being leached dry of nutrients by intensive farming, and Celestial Emperor Stephen IV has just been declared ruler of Starwell in an international press conference. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force. Starwell's national animal is the Golden Lion Tamarin, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

Starwell is ranked 229,670th in the world and 9,480th in The North Pacific for Most Politically Free, scoring 4.71 on the Diebold Election Inking Scale.

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Most Influential: 3,001stTop
Most Valuable International Artwork: 19,575thMost Ignorant Citizens: 21,378thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 21,542nd
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