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Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 88th Largest Mining Sector: 264th Highest Economic Output: 273rd
The Orion Star Empire Capital of
Capitalist Paradise
Strength and Honor
Regional Influence
Hermit
Founder
Region
Civil Rights
Very Good
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Average

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The Orion Star Empire Capital of Steel Butterfly is a gargantuan, socially progressive nation, notable for its daily referendums, rampant corporate plagiarism, and irreverence towards religion. The hard-nosed, hard-working, humorless population of 30.257 billion Orions are either ruled by a sleek, efficient government or a conglomerate of multinational corporations; it's difficult to tell which.

The tiny, pro-business government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Monarch Heights. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 1.0%.

The frighteningly efficient Steel Butterflyian economy, worth a remarkable 9,359 trillion Imperial Credits a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Automobile Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Uranium Mining, Arms Manufacturing, and Information Technology. Average income is an amazing 309,341 Imperial Credits, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,485,789 per year while the poor average 37,595, a ratio of 39.5 to 1.

Chalkboards are replaced with billboards in the classroom, the government spends millions of Imperial Credits every year prosecuting spammers, the government is seen as openly hostile to all religion, and the national sporting identity is represented by a talking burger and a singing smartphone. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force. Steel Butterfly's national animal is the Fenrir Wolf, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

Steel Butterfly is ranked 1,596th in the world and 1st in Orion Sector for Lowest Overall Tax Burden, scoring 297.93 on the Hayek Index.

Top
1%
Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 88thLargest Mining Sector: 264thHighest Economic Output: 273rdLargest Manufacturing Sector: 325thLargest Populations: 476thRudest Citizens: 489thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 677thSafest: 1,033rdHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1,037thHighest Average Incomes: 1,049thLargest Agricultural Sector: 1,175thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1,396thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1,544thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1,569thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1,595thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1,596thTop
5%
Lowest Crime Rates: 1,747thMost Efficient Economies: 2,035thMost Avoided: 2,385thLargest Insurance Industry: 3,125thSmartest Citizens: 3,372ndLargest Publishing Industry: 3,453rdLargest Gambling Industry: 3,777thHealthiest Citizens: 4,772ndLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 4,787thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 4,927thMost Scientifically Advanced: 5,895thMost Subsidized Industry: 6,015thMost Secular: 6,378thLargest Black Market: 6,986thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 7,488thTop
10%
Largest Information Technology Sector: 8,121stLargest Governments: 8,315thLargest Retail Industry: 8,455thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 8,794thMost Developed: 10,010thMost Pro-Market: 11,250thMost Influential: 14,579th

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Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Steel Butterfly was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Lowest Crime Rates.
  • : Steel Butterfly was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Governments.
  • : Steel Butterfly was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Governments.
  • : Steel Butterfly was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Lowest Overall Tax Burden.
  • : Steel Butterfly was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Advanced Defense Forces.
  • : Steel Butterfly was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Largest Furniture Restoration Industry, Most Politically Apathetic Citizens, and Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector.
  • : Steel Butterfly was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry and the Top 10% for Most Influential.
  • : Steel Butterfly's influence in Orion Sector rose from "Hegemony" to "Hermit".
  • : Steel Butterfly's influence in Orion Sector fell from "Hermit" to "Hegemony".
  • : Steel Butterfly's influence in Orion Sector rose from "Zero" to "Hermit".

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