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Largest Cheese Export Sector: 424th Most Efficient Economies: 1,903rd Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 4,187th
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The Solstice Confederation

Population5.812 billion

Faiththe Cosmarchy


The Witching Hour of The Solstice Confederation is a colossal, environmentally stunning nation, renowned for its unlimited-speed roads, parental licensing program, and pith helmet sales. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, humorless population of 5.812 billion Confederates enjoy a sensible mix of personal and economic freedoms, while the political process is open and the people's right to vote held sacrosanct.

The relatively small, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Education, Industry, and Environment. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Antaevatum. The average income tax rate is 25.0%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Solstice economy, worth 949 trillion Sovereigns a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Tourism industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Cheese Exports, and Book Publishing. Average income is an impressive 163,417 Sovereigns, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.2 times as much as the poorest.

Returning tourists and businessmen are detained without trial if they belong to the "wrong" religion, prudishness is on the way out, tax-payers are funding ever more extravagant movie projects, and the military has declared war on all religious influence. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. The Solstice Confederation's national animal is the Absol, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is the Cosmarchy.

The Solstice Confederation is ranked 77,400th in the world and 3,473rd in the Pacific for Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector, scoring 970.48 on the Henry Ford Productivity Index.

Largest Cheese Export Sector: 424thTop
Most Efficient Economies: 1,903rdLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 4,187thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 4,698thHighest Poor Incomes: 6,889thLargest Insurance Industry: 6,997thLargest Retail Industry: 7,034thTop
Largest Publishing Industry: 9,292ndHighest Average Incomes: 9,388thMost Developed: 9,618thSmartest Citizens: 10,445thMost Politically Free: 10,919thLargest Information Technology Sector: 12,166thHighest Economic Output: 12,211thMost Scientifically Advanced: 14,420thMost Beautiful Environments: 14,814thMost Inclusive: 15,055thLongest Average Lifespans: 15,306thMost Cultured: 15,311thLargest Black Market: 16,133rdMost Subsidized Industry: 16,305thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 16,586th
Largest Cheese Export Sector: 15th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 26th in the regionTop
Largest Furniture Restoration Industry: 112th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 158th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 167th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 204th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 224th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 238th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 240th in the regionLargest Black Market: 246th in the regionLargest Populations: 251st in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 266th in the regionMost Politically Free: 296th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 306th in the regionMost Developed: 310th in the regionTop
Largest Information Technology Sector: 403rd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 408th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 425th in the regionMost Cultured: 434th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 442nd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 451st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 473rd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 494th in the regionMost Inclusive: 534th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 550th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 673rd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 699th in the regionLargest Governments: 702nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 714th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 721st in the region

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