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Most Secular: 1,884thLeast Corrupt Governments: 2,680thMost Advanced Public Transport: 3,103rd
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The Empire of Tau

Population6.871 billion



The United Socialist States of The Empire of Tau is a colossal, efficient nation, renowned for its frequent executions, daily referendums, and sprawling nuclear power plants. The compassionate, democratic population of 6.871 billion Tauans have some civil rights, but not too many, enjoy the freedom to spend their money however they like, to a point, and take part in free and open elections, although not too often.

The enormous government juggles the competing demands of Education, Welfare, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Kroot. The average income tax rate is 86.4%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Empire of Tauan economy, worth 781 trillion resourceses a year, is quite specialized and led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Tourism, Book Publishing, and Cheese Exports. Average income is an impressive 113,811 resourceses, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Courses in how to boil water are popular for formerly microwave-reliant Tauans, selling your granddad's clothes requires an incredible amount of paperwork, sales of pregnancy testing kits are booming, and tourists outnumber citizens two to one. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. The Empire of Tau's national animal is the wolf, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

The Empire of Tau is ranked 13,389th in the world and 321st in the Rejected Realms for Largest Governments, scoring 29.53 on the Bureaucratic Comprehensiveness Rating Scale Index.

Most Secular: 1,884thTop
Least Corrupt Governments: 2,680thMost Advanced Public Transport: 3,103rdLargest Welfare Programs: 3,392ndMost Cheerful Citizens: 4,761stNicest Citizens: 5,827thMost Compassionate Citizens: 6,304thMost Inclusive: 6,857thMost Pacifist: 8,001stMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 8,046thSafest: 8,243rdMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 8,798thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 8,828thHighest Average Tax Rates: 9,926thLongest Average Lifespans: 10,589thMost Developed: 10,918thTop
Highest Poor Incomes: 11,906thHealthiest Citizens: 12,274thBest Weather: 12,706thLargest Governments: 13,389thMost Rebellious Youth: 13,492ndLargest Information Technology Sector: 13,836thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 14,242ndMost Advanced Public Education: 15,379thHighest Drug Use: 15,720thSmartest Citizens: 15,933rdMost Scientifically Advanced: 16,044thMost Subsidized Industry: 16,064thMost Beautiful Environments: 16,825thLowest Crime Rates: 17,301stLargest Cheese Export Sector: 20,488thHighest Economic Output: 21,128thMost Efficient Economies: 21,996th
Least Corrupt Governments: 50th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 71st in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 72nd in the regionMost Secular: 76th in the regionTop
Most Cheerful Citizens: 103rd in the regionNicest Citizens: 125th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 139th in the regionMost Inclusive: 156th in the regionMost Pacifist: 176th in the regionSafest: 179th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 189th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 205th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 215th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 237th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 240th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 240th in the regionMost Developed: 246th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 258th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 290th in the regionBest Weather: 296th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 306th in the regionLargest Governments: 321st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 333rd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 336th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 363rd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 372nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 379th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 387th in the regionTop
Lowest Crime Rates: 417th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 432nd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 486th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 563rd in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 615th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 615th in the regionLargest Populations: 651st in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : The Empire of Tau's influence in The Rejected Realms rose from "Minnow" to "Sprat".
  • : The Empire of Tau was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Best Weather.
  • : The Empire of Tau was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Highest Average Incomes.
  • : The Empire of Tau was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Healthiest Citizens.
  • : The Empire of Tau was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Highest Poor Incomes.
  • : The Empire of Tau was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Highest Economic Output.
  • : The Empire of Tau was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Developed and the Top 10% for Most Efficient Economies.
  • : The Empire of Tau was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Longest Average Lifespans.
  • : The Empire of Tau was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Highest Average Tax Rates.
  • : The Empire of Tau was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Secular.


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