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Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 115thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 125thHighest Poor Incomes: 148th
The Celestial Imperium of
Civil Rights Lovefest
Imperium aeterna.
Influence
Auxiliary
Region
Civil Rights
Excessive
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Excellent

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The Alicorns

Population16.466 billion

CapitalEquus
LeaderEmpress Terra
FaithHarmonism

CurrencyImperial Bit
AnimalAlicorn

The Celestial Imperium of The Alicorns is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Empress Terra with a fair hand, and notable for its frequent executions, pith helmet sales, and absence of drug laws. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, humorless, devout population of 16.466 billion Imperials hold their civil and political rights very dear, although the wealthy and those in business tend to be viewed with suspicion.

The relatively small, corrupt, liberal government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Education, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Equus. The average income tax rate is 76.1%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Imperial economy, worth a remarkable 8,845 trillion Imperial Bits a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is an enormous, deeply entrenched, broadly diversified black market in Information Technology, Arms Manufacturing, Book Publishing, and Tourism. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is a breathtaking 537,204 Imperial Bits, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.1 times as much as the poorest.

Every day has been a surprise since weather reporters turned to consulting ancient totems for their seven-day forecasts, the government prides itself on being smug and condescending to idiots, commuters often break into synchronised para-para dancing for no reason at all, and sexually-starved male dinosaurs terrorise tourists during weekly breakouts from Mesozoic Park. Crime is totally unknown. The Alicorns's national animal is the Alicorn, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Harmonism.

The Alicorns is ranked 17,914th in the world and 8th in Hoshizora for Highest Average Tax Rates, with 76.08 Effective Tax Rate.

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Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 115thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 125thHighest Poor Incomes: 148thHighest Average Incomes: 219thLargest Black Market: 230thLargest Agricultural Sector: 335thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 377thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 475thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 488thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 520thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 529thMost Efficient Economies: 531stHighest Economic Output: 571stMost Scientifically Advanced: 665thLargest Insurance Industry: 673rdLargest Publishing Industry: 707thMost Cultured: 788thLargest Information Technology Sector: 913thMost Subsidized Industry: 941stLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1,186thSmartest Citizens: 1,215thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1,399thLargest Governments: 1,502ndMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1,684thLargest Mining Sector: 1,685thMost Rebellious Youth: 1,967thRudest Citizens: 2,009thMost Inclusive: 2,040thTop
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Most Corrupt Governments: 2,199thMost Developed: 2,222ndLargest Retail Industry: 2,291stHighest Wealthy Incomes: 3,480thMost Advanced Public Education: 3,578thHighest Disposable Incomes: 3,939thLowest Crime Rates: 4,617thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 5,036thLongest Average Lifespans: 5,646thMost Devout: 5,741stFattest Citizens: 5,874thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 7,698thNudest: 9,217thLargest Gambling Industry: 10,137thTop
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Largest Populations: 10,470thMost Advanced Public Transport: 12,201stHighest Drug Use: 13,549thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 14,087thMost Extensive Civil Rights: 14,831stLargest Welfare Programs: 15,801stMost Valuable International Artwork: 17,328thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 17,673rdHighest Average Tax Rates: 17,914th
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Largest Black Market: 1st in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 1st in the regionMost Cultured: 1st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Populations: 1st in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionNudest: 1st in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 1st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 1st in the regionTop
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Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 2nd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 2nd in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 2nd in the regionRudest Citizens: 2nd in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 2nd in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 2nd in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 2nd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 2nd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : The Alicorns's influence in Hoshizora rose from "Ambassador" to "Auxiliary".
  • : The Alicorns published "Weapons and Other Military Technologies of Tordelia [WIP]" (Factbook: Military).
  • : Following new legislation in The Alicorns, sexually-starved male dinosaurs terrorise tourists during weekly breakouts from Mesozoic Park.
  • : The Alicorns was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Rebellious Youth.
  • : Following new legislation in The Alicorns, commuters often break into synchronised para-para dancing for no reason at all.
  • : The Alicorns was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Corrupt Governments.
  • : Following new legislation in The Alicorns, the government prides itself on being smug and condescending to idiots.
  • : Following new legislation in The Alicorns, every day has been a surprise since weather reporters turned to consulting ancient totems for their seven-day forecasts.
  • : Following new legislation in The Alicorns, AI nannies tell children who refuse to go to bed that "my logic is undeniable".
  • : Following new legislation in The Alicorns, government adverts say that twelve lashes a day keeps divine wrath at bay.

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