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Most Subsidized Industry: 96th Largest Agricultural Sector: 120th Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 217th
The Ever Victorious Empire of
Father Knows Best State
Aeternitate Gloriae!
Influence
Page
Civil Rights
Some
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Unheard Of

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The Burning Sun

Population8.335 billion

CapitalSolemnace
LeaderAleksander von Hohenburg
Faiththe Holy Inquisition

Currencysoulon
AnimalAutomata

The Ever Victorious Empire of The Burning Sun is a colossal, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Aleksander von Hohenburg with an iron fist, and remarkable for its complete lack of prisons, parental licensing program, and restrictive gun laws. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 8.335 billion Burning Sunians are ruled by a mostly-benevolent dictator, who grants the populace the freedom to live their own lives but watches carefully for anyone to slip up.

The medium-sized, corrupt, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Industry, Defense, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Solemnace. The average income tax rate is 78.1%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient a Burning Sunian economy, worth a remarkable 3,114 trillion soulons a year, is fairly diversified and mostly comprised of black market activity, especially in Information Technology, Arms Manufacturing, Tourism, and Beef-Based Agriculture. Average income is an amazing 373,645 soulons, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.3 times as much as the poorest.

Sections of the police receive paramilitary training, Aleksander von Hohenburg affectionately nicknames supporters by number, funerals are often rudely interrupted by juggling clowns shouting for volunteers from the audience, and street preachers spend more time condemning government bureaucracy than passers-by. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. The Burning Sun's national animal is the Automata, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is the Holy Inquisition.

The Burning Sun is ranked 217th in the world and 1st in Eientei Gensokyo for Largest Basket Weaving Sector, scoring 16,732.1 on the Hickory Productivity Index.

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Most Subsidized Industry: 96thLargest Agricultural Sector: 120thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 217thLargest Black Market: 258thMost Corrupt Governments: 422ndLargest Cheese Export Sector: 428thLargest Information Technology Sector: 461stHighest Poor Incomes: 463rdLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 485thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 568thHighest Average Incomes: 645thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 704thTop
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Most Scientifically Advanced: 1,709thMost Cultured: 1,905thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 2,135thLowest Crime Rates: 2,451stHighest Economic Output: 2,676thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 3,244thMost Developed: 3,441stLargest Retail Industry: 3,527thMost Efficient Economies: 4,286thLargest Governments: 4,307thSmartest Citizens: 4,602ndHighest Wealthy Incomes: 4,862ndLongest Average Lifespans: 5,483rdMost Advanced Public Education: 6,361stMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 6,592ndMost Advanced Public Transport: 6,862ndTop
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Most Beautiful Environments: 8,658thLargest Publishing Industry: 10,714thHighest Disposable Incomes: 11,060thLargest Mining Sector: 11,883rdHighest Average Tax Rates: 15,431st
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Largest Cheese Export Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Black Market: 1st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 1st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1st in the regionTop
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Highest Economic Output: 2nd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 2nd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 3rd in the regionMost Cultured: 3rd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 4th in the regionLargest Governments: 5th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 6th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 6th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 7th in the regionMost Developed: 7th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 8th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 8th in the regionTop
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Longest Average Lifespans: 9th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 9th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 11th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 12th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 13th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 14th in the regionLargest Populations: 14th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in The Burning Sun, street preachers spend more time condemning government bureaucracy than passers-by.
  • : Following new legislation in The Burning Sun, funerals are often rudely interrupted by juggling clowns shouting for volunteers from the audience.
  • : Following new legislation in The Burning Sun, Aleksander von Hohenburg affectionately nicknames supporters by number.
  • : Following new legislation in The Burning Sun, sections of the police receive paramilitary training.
  • : Following new legislation in The Burning Sun, couples are discouraged from marrying until they can rank their partner on a scale of one to ten.
  • : Following new legislation in The Burning Sun, citizens are frequently searched for illegal weapons.
  • : Following new legislation in The Burning Sun, advertisements read like science journal articles complete with extensive references.
  • : Following new legislation in The Burning Sun, unstable couples are known to break up over which one gets parental leave.
  • : Following new legislation in The Burning Sun, the regional delicacy of chocolate bombes is deadlier than an unexploded bomb.
  • : The Burning Sun was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Highest Average Tax Rates.

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