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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 2,476thMost Advanced Public Transport: 6,613thLargest Black Market: 6,681st
The Interstellar United Kingdom of
Psychotic Dictatorship
Aur'ocy shath'r'i tskan sha Tau'va.
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Political Freedom

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The Tophat Empire

Population10.037 billion

LeaderEmperor Wiking I
Faitha major religion


The Interstellar United Kingdom of The Tophat Empire is a gargantuan, orderly nation, ruled by Emperor Wiking I with an iron fist, and renowned for its compulsory military service, national health service, and multi-spousal wedding ceremonies. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 10.037 billion Tophat Empireans 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 enormous, corrupt government prioritizes Defense, with Healthcare, Education, and Social Policy also on the agenda, while Spirituality isn't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Taaun. The average income tax rate is 90.3%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The Tophat Empirean economy, worth 924 trillion Empiroates 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 a large, well-organized, quite specialized black market in Information Technology, Arms Manufacturing, 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 92,064 Empiroates, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Maxtopian tourists make expensive pilgrimages to Taaun to enjoy their national art, the newly revamped army is so eager for action that it has trouble keeping the peace, droves of former desperados are applying to join the border police, and only AI know why the nation is rapidly increasing its semiconductor stockpile. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, despite the fact that it is difficult to make it through a day without breaking one of the country's many laws. The Tophat Empire's national animal is the Eagle, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to toxic air pollution, and its national religion is a major religion.

The Tophat Empire is ranked 51,242nd in the world and 2,644th in Balder for Most Developed, scoring 64.96 on the Human Development Index.

Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 2,476thMost Advanced Public Transport: 6,613thLargest Black Market: 6,681stMost Advanced Defense Forces: 7,751stHighest Average Tax Rates: 9,249thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 9,569thMost Corrupt Governments: 11,728thLargest Governments: 11,795thTop
Most Secular: 12,317thLongest Average Lifespans: 14,835thHealthiest Citizens: 15,061stLargest Mining Sector: 16,223rdHighest Poor Incomes: 18,512thLowest Crime Rates: 19,570thHighest Economic Output: 20,206thMost Scientifically Advanced: 20,279thMost Income Equality: 20,971stMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 22,139thSmartest Citizens: 23,811th
Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 144th in the regionLargest Black Market: 306th in the regionTop
Most Advanced Defense Forces: 433rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 440th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 444th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 474th in the regionMost Secular: 563rd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 576th in the regionLargest Governments: 590th in the regionMost Income Equality: 607th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 707th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 747th in the region

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