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Most Conservative: 449thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 1,335thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1,678th
The Eternal Empire of
Psychotic Dictatorship
What famine?
His Radiance Eternal Emperor Hardy
Influence
Minnow
Civil Rights
Outlawed
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Unheard Of

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The Radiant Sun

Population3.834 billion

CapitalThe Radiant and Eternal City of Hardport
LeaderHis Radiance Eternal Emperor Hardy
FaithImperial Catholicism

CurrencyBeam
AnimalPhoenix

The Eternal Empire of The Radiant Sun is a massive, orderly nation, ruled by His Radiance Eternal Emperor Hardy with an iron fist, and notable for its compulsory military service, soft-spoken computers, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 3.834 billion Radiant Sunites are ruled without fear or favor by a psychotic dictator, who outlaws just about everything and refers to the populace as "my little playthings."

The medium-sized, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of The Radiant and Eternal City of Hardport. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 90.6%.

The frighteningly efficient Radiant Sunian economy, worth 887 trillion Beams 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 Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, Uranium Mining, and Door-to-door Insurance Sales. 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 231,607 Beams, with the richest citizens earning 5.9 times as much as the poorest.

Childish pranks are no laughing matter, there's a literal nanny state for the legions of children taken by social services, ministers browse Alright! magazine for fashion tips, and the government is suspected of mass disappearing dissidents both at home and abroad. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. The Radiant Sun's national animal is the Phoenix, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to toxic air pollution, and its national religion is Imperial Catholicism.

The Radiant Sun is ranked 66,099th in the world and 92nd in Confederation of Corrupt Dictators for Greatest Rich-Poor Divides, with 5.86 Rich To Poor Income Ratio.

Top
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Most Conservative: 449thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 1,335thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1,678thLargest Insurance Industry: 1,738thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1,905thTop
5%
Most Armed: 2,478thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2,616thMost Corrupt Governments: 2,720thMost Secular: 2,798thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 3,313thLargest Black Market: 3,739thMost Advanced Public Transport: 3,885thHighest Average Incomes: 4,352ndLowest Crime Rates: 4,548thLargest Mining Sector: 5,803rdMost Authoritarian: 5,918thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 6,057thLargest Governments: 7,442ndLargest Information Technology Sector: 7,923rdMost Scientifically Advanced: 8,006thHighest Average Tax Rates: 8,923rdMost Avoided: 10,528thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 11,823rdTop
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Most Advanced Public Education: 12,672ndMost Subsidized Industry: 14,217thHighest Poor Incomes: 14,884thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 16,129thSmartest Citizens: 16,568thLargest Agricultural Sector: 17,581stMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 19,178thMost Efficient Economies: 20,552ndHighest Economic Output: 21,147thMost Extreme: 22,226thMost Developed: 22,255th
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Most Advanced Public Transport: 6th in the regionMost Conservative: 7th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 9th in the regionTop
10%
Most Armed: 18th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 22nd in the regionMost Authoritarian: 26th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 26th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 28th in the regionMost Extreme: 28th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in The Radiant Sun, the government is suspected of mass disappearing dissidents both at home and abroad.
  • : Following new legislation in The Radiant Sun, ministers browse Alright! magazine for fashion tips.
  • : Following new legislation in The Radiant Sun, there's a literal nanny state for the legions of children taken by social services.
  • : Following new legislation in The Radiant Sun, childish pranks are no laughing matter.
  • : Following new legislation in The Radiant Sun, nine out of ten citizens of The Radiant Sun answered 'nuclear safety inspector' when asked their occupation.
  • : Following new legislation in The Radiant Sun, troops are either deafened by gunfire or a hysterical voice screaming the Party manifesto.
  • : The Radiant Sun was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Highest Foreign Aid Spending.
  • : Following new legislation in The Radiant Sun, citizens have an obligation to remain silent and anything they say may be used against them.
  • : Following new legislation in The Radiant Sun, the "do ya feel lucky, punk?" scene is on the core syllabus at the National Police Academy.
  • : Following new legislation in The Radiant Sun, the government has started a campaign to crack down on road rage and encourage alternate means of commuting.

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