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Largest Cheese Export Sector: 461st Most Efficient Economies: 1,949th Largest Furniture Restoration Industry: 4,886th
The Witching Hour of
New York Times Democracy
Ruling the night, winning the fight [LWU]
Regional Influence
Apprentice
Civil Rights
Excellent
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
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The Witching Hour of The Solstice Confederation is a massive, cultured nation, remarkable for its museums and concert halls, unlimited-speed roads, and irreverence towards religion. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, humorless population of 4.581 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 Defense. 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 748 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 132,802nd in the world and 99th in Lone Wolves United for Most Devout, with 8.9 Prayers Per Hour.

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Largest Cheese Export Sector: 461stTop
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Most Efficient Economies: 1,949thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 4,886thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 5,032ndLargest Retail Industry: 5,721stHighest Poor Incomes: 6,285thMost Developed: 7,809thLargest Insurance Industry: 7,954thHighest Average Incomes: 8,721stTop
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Largest Publishing Industry: 9,039thMost Politically Free: 9,445thSmartest Citizens: 9,521stLargest Information Technology Sector: 10,858thMost Beautiful Environments: 12,267thLongest Average Lifespans: 13,499thMost Scientifically Advanced: 13,997thHighest Economic Output: 14,426thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 14,922ndMost Inclusive: 15,673rdMost Subsidized Industry: 16,122ndMost Cultured: 16,503rdLargest Black Market: 17,580th
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Most Efficient Economies: 1st in the regionTop
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Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 2nd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 3rd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 3rd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 3rd in the regionMost Developed: 3rd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 3rd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 3rd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 3rd in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 4th in the regionMost Cultured: 4th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 5th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 5th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 5th in the regionMost Inclusive: 6th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 6th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 6th in the regionTop
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Longest Average Lifespans: 7th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 7th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 7th in the regionMost Politically Free: 8th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 9th in the regionMost Stationary: 13th in the regionLargest Black Market: 13th in the region

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