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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 93rd Most Advanced Defense Forces: 268th Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 441st
The Elder Empire of
Father Knows Best State
Mors Cum Terrore Novo Venit.
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The Iron Stars

Population19.955 billion

CapitalQuasaropolis
LeaderThe Cosmic Horror Grox'ez
FaithThe Celestial Creed

CurrencyNova
AnimalDread Empyrean

The Elder Empire of The Iron Stars is a gargantuan, safe nation, ruled by The Cosmic Horror Grox'ez with an iron fist, and remarkable for its strictly enforced bedtime, parental licensing program, and pith helmet sales. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 19.955 billion cosmic entities 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 large, corrupt government prioritizes Defense, with Law & Order, Education, and Healthcare also on the agenda, while Welfare and Social Policy receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Quasaropolis. The average income tax rate is 99.1%.

The frighteningly efficient cosmic economy, worth a remarkable 6,856 trillion Novas 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, fairly diversified black market in Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, Uranium Mining, and Woodchip Exports. 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 an amazing 343,612 Novas, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.6 times as much as the poorest.

When people ask what the difference is between politicians and lawyers they are referred to document c15(iv) section 14.1 subsection 3.2 of the Jan 2015 political category definition guidance codes, crocodile roadkill is smeared across the asphalt of the new Formula One track, all government communication requires the imprimatur of the Truth Police, and Eau de Trashcan has become a wildly popular perfume. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. The Iron Stars's national animal is the Dread Empyrean, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is The Celestial Creed.

The Iron Stars is ranked 2,398th in the world and 1st in The New Inquisition for Largest Gambling Industry, scoring 13,273.16 on the Kelly Criterion Productivity Index.

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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 93rdMost Advanced Defense Forces: 268thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 441stLargest Black Market: 447thLowest Crime Rates: 565thMost Advanced Public Transport: 681stMost Corrupt Governments: 687thHighest Economic Output: 792ndLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 794thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 801stLargest Governments: 850thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 888thHighest Average Incomes: 999thHighest Poor Incomes: 1,067thMost Stationary: 1,101stHighest Average Tax Rates: 1,266thLargest Information Technology Sector: 1,489thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1,565thLargest Mining Sector: 1,608thTop
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Most Efficient Economies: 1,793rdHealthiest Citizens: 1,831stMost Scientifically Advanced: 2,004thLargest Gambling Industry: 2,398thMost Avoided: 2,685thMost Advanced Public Education: 4,308thSafest: 4,485thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 4,691stSmartest Citizens: 5,024thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 5,184thMost Secular: 5,220thLargest Populations: 5,332ndMost Influential: 6,354thMost Subsidized Industry: 6,451stRudest Citizens: 6,627thTop
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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 12,453rd
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Most Stationary: 1st in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 1st in the region

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