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Largest Agricultural Sector: 121st Largest Black Market: 296th Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 332nd
The Ever Victorious Empire of
Father Knows Best State
Aeternitate Gloriae!
Influence
Apprentice
Civil Rights
Some
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Outlawed

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The Burning Sun

Population9.652 billion

CapitalSolemnace
LeaderAleksander von Hohenburg
Faiththe Holy Inquisition

Currencysoulon
AnimalAutomata

The Ever Victorious Empire of The Burning Sun is a colossal, cultured nation, ruled by Aleksander von Hohenburg with an iron fist, and notable for its frequent executions, pith helmet sales, and punitive income tax rates. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 9.652 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 relatively small, corrupt, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Industry, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Solemnace. The average income tax rate is 64.2%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient a Burning Sunian economy, worth a remarkable 3,725 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 385,998 soulons, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.7 times as much as the poorest.

It is illegal to distribute Girl Guide Cookies without an advanced food hygiene diploma, disadvantaged neighbourhoods have become no-go areas after sundown, the education system is being cleansed of all corporate influence, and dubiously qualified Skandilundian barristers keep referring to laws as 'government guidelines'. 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 37,342nd in the world and 52nd in Eientei Gensokyo for Highest Average Tax Rates, with 64.17 Effective Tax Rate.

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Largest Agricultural Sector: 121stLargest Black Market: 296thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 332ndLargest Information Technology Sector: 351stMost Corrupt Governments: 369thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 376thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 450thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 529thHighest Average Incomes: 605thHighest Poor Incomes: 654thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 661stMost Subsidized Industry: 875thMost Cultured: 1,106thMost Scientifically Advanced: 1,269thTop
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Highest Economic Output: 2,224thLowest Crime Rates: 2,284thLargest Retail Industry: 2,444thSmartest Citizens: 3,151stLargest Publishing Industry: 3,584thMost Developed: 3,589thHighest Disposable Incomes: 3,708thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 3,774thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 4,018thMost Efficient Economies: 4,071stLargest Governments: 5,311thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 5,973rdMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 6,312thLargest Insurance Industry: 7,462ndTop
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Most Beautiful Environments: 8,757thLongest Average Lifespans: 9,245thMost Advanced Public Education: 9,480thHealthiest Citizens: 11,216thMost Advanced Public Transport: 12,457thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 14,350th
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Largest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Black Market: 1st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionTop
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Most Scientifically Advanced: 2nd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 2nd in the regionMost Cultured: 2nd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 3rd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 3rd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 3rd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 3rd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 4th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 4th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 5th in the regionMost Developed: 6th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 6th in the regionTop
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Most Efficient Economies: 8th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 8th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 9th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 9th in the regionLargest Governments: 12th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in The Burning Sun, dubiously qualified Skandilundian barristers keep referring to laws as 'government guidelines'.
  • : Following new legislation in The Burning Sun, the education system is being cleansed of all corporate influence.
  • : Following new legislation in The Burning Sun, disadvantaged neighbourhoods have become no-go areas after sundown.
  • : Following new legislation in The Burning Sun, it is illegal to distribute Girl Guide Cookies without an advanced food hygiene diploma.
  • : Following new legislation in The Burning Sun, muscular women are banned from competing in sporting competitions.
  • : Following new legislation in The Burning Sun, Aleksander von Hohenburg's family members carry literal get-out-of-jail-free cards.
  • : Following new legislation in The Burning Sun, lawyers turn down litigation cases and corporate work in order to focus on lucrative public defence work.
  • : Following new legislation in The Burning Sun, credit scores fluctuate wildly with every change of government.
  • : Following new legislation in The Burning Sun, teenage girls worry that they'll be unpopular if their skirts aren't short enough.
  • : Following new legislation in The Burning Sun, military geniuses responsible for brilliant campaigns are drummed out because they have close same-sex friends and an interest in interior design.

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