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Largest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1,377thFattest Citizens: 2,421stLargest Soda Pop Sector: 3,288th
The Corporate Republic of
Father Knows Best State
Veritas vos liberabit
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The Solar Cooperative Union

Population9.748 billion

CapitalPoltaur
LeaderHigh Chancellory

CurrencyHexacredit
AnimalJovian Skimmer

The Corporate Republic of The Solar Cooperative Union is a colossal, orderly nation, ruled by High Chancellory with an iron fist, and remarkable for its barren, inhospitable landscape, otherworldly petting zoo, and frequent executions. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 9.748 billion Unionites 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 government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Industry, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Poltaur. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 13.7%.

The frighteningly efficient Solar Cooperative Unionian economy, worth a remarkable 1,575 trillion Hexacredits a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Retail, and Gambling. Black market activity is frequent. Average income is an impressive 161,655 Hexacredits, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 506,942 per year while the poor average 39,498, a ratio of 12.8 to 1.

Anti-riot police are dispatched whenever two elderly ladies gather to complain that prices have increased, politicians who vacation in East Lebatuck lose their jobs upon their return, young children are learning advanced physics to scientifically disprove the existence of Santa Claus, and victims of crime are viewed as less trustworthy than politicians. Crime, especially youth-related, is almost non-existent. The Solar Cooperative Union's national animal is the Jovian Skimmer, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

The Solar Cooperative Union is ranked 71,800th in the world and 17th in The Local Cluster for Lowest Overall Tax Burden, scoring 85.87 on the Hayek Index.

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Largest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1,377thTop
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Fattest Citizens: 2,421stLargest Soda Pop Sector: 3,288thHighest Disposable Incomes: 3,344thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 3,703rdLargest Insurance Industry: 4,274thLargest Gambling Industry: 5,651stHighest Wealthy Incomes: 6,246thLargest Retail Industry: 7,138thLargest Black Market: 7,480thMost Avoided: 7,597thMost Scientifically Advanced: 9,778thMost Corrupt Governments: 10,010thHighest Economic Output: 10,314thHighest Average Incomes: 11,351stTop
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Largest Information Technology Sector: 11,558thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 12,498thMost Efficient Economies: 14,241stMost Armed: 14,352ndLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 15,318thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 17,052nd
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Largest Pizza Delivery Sector: 3rd in the regionTop
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Highest Unexpected Death Rate: 4th in the regionFattest Citizens: 4th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 4th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 5th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 5th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 5th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 6th in the region

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