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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 2,247thLargest Black Market: 5,495thMost Advanced Public Transport: 6,720th
The Interstellar United Kingdom of
Psychotic Dictatorship
Aur'ocy shath'r'i tskan sha Tau'va.
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The Tophat Empire

Population9.694 billion

LeaderEmperor Wiking I
Faitha major religion


The Interstellar United Kingdom of The Tophat Empire is a colossal, orderly nation, ruled by Emperor Wiking I with an iron fist, and renowned for its barren, inhospitable landscape, strictly enforced bedtime, and sprawling nuclear power plants. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 9.694 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, although Healthcare, Education, and Social Policy are also considered important, while Spirituality is ignored. 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 892 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 8,118th in the world and 473rd in Balder for Highest Average Tax Rates, with 90.33 Effective Tax Rate.

Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 2,247thLargest Black Market: 5,495thMost Advanced Public Transport: 6,720thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 7,107thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 7,916thHighest Average Tax Rates: 8,118thTop
Most Corrupt Governments: 10,292ndLargest Governments: 10,720thMost Secular: 11,587thLongest Average Lifespans: 13,566thLargest Mining Sector: 13,785thHealthiest Citizens: 14,257thHighest Poor Incomes: 15,801stLowest Crime Rates: 18,400thHighest Economic Output: 19,071stMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 19,648thMost Income Equality: 19,747thMost Scientifically Advanced: 20,141st
Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 132nd in the regionLargest Black Market: 268th in the regionTop
Most Advanced Defense Forces: 412th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 427th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 473rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 483rd in the regionMost Secular: 541st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 574th in the regionMost Income Equality: 587th in the regionLargest Governments: 590th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 649th in the region

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