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Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2,003rdMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 2,468thLargest Mining Sector: 3,334th
The Featured Region Event of
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What a wonder; what a sight!
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Minnow
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Civil Rights
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Economy
Frightening
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A Giant Meteor

Population3.286 billion

CapitalToutatis
LeaderHalley Comet
FaithFollowers of the Feature

CurrencyLodestone
AnimalAmeoba

The Featured Region Event of A Giant Meteor is a massive, orderly nation, ruled by Halley Comet with an iron fist, and remarkable for its rum-swilling pirates, parental licensing program, and frequent executions. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 3.286 billion Meteorians are kept under strict control by the oppressive government, which measures its success by the nation's GDP and refers to individual citizens as "human resources."

The enormous, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Administration, Education, and Law & Order. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Toutatis. The average income tax rate is 92.7%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Meteorian economy, worth 507 trillion Lodestones a year, is quite specialized and led by the Retail industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Uranium Mining, and Woodchip Exports. Black market activity is rampant. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 154,557 Lodestones, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.2 times as much as the poorest.

Being Halley Comet has been voted one of the top ten most dangerous jobs, personal injury lawyers are demanding compensation from the government after recent reductions in manufacturer liability, eerie glow-in-the-dark cornfields give farmlands an uncanny appearance, and cooking with water and baking soda is considered patent infringement. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. A Giant Meteor's national animal is the Ameoba, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is Followers of the Feature.

A Giant Meteor is ranked 46,163rd in the world and 9th in New Hyperion for Highest Wealthy Incomes, with 224,130 Standard Monetary Units.

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Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2,003rdTop
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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 2,468thLargest Mining Sector: 3,334thMost Advanced Public Education: 3,660thLargest Retail Industry: 3,881stMost Corrupt Governments: 5,947thHighest Average Tax Rates: 6,823rdMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 6,853rdLargest Black Market: 6,983rdLowest Crime Rates: 7,939thLargest Governments: 9,091stMost Developed: 11,099thMost Secular: 11,368thHighest Poor Incomes: 11,452ndMost Advanced Defense Forces: 12,115thTop
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Highest Average Incomes: 13,232ndMost Subsidized Industry: 13,290thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 13,751stFattest Citizens: 17,840thLargest Information Technology Sector: 18,414thMost Efficient Economies: 18,953rdSmartest Citizens: 19,178thLargest Welfare Programs: 20,882nd
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Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 2nd in the regionTop
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Largest Retail Industry: 3rd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 3rd in the regionLargest Black Market: 3rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 3rd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 4th in the regionLargest Governments: 4th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 4th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 4th in the regionMost Secular: 5th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 5th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 5th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : A Giant Meteor's influence in New Hyperion rose from "Nipper" to "Minnow".
  • : Following new legislation in A Giant Meteor, cooking with water and baking soda is considered patent infringement.
  • : Following new legislation in A Giant Meteor, eerie glow-in-the-dark cornfields give farmlands an uncanny appearance.
  • : Following new legislation in A Giant Meteor, personal injury lawyers are demanding compensation from the government after recent reductions in manufacturer liability.
  • : Following new legislation in A Giant Meteor, being Halley Comet has been voted one of the top ten most dangerous jobs.
  • : Following new legislation in A Giant Meteor, Halley Comet always arrives fashionably late and smelling of mushrooms.
  • : A Giant Meteor's influence in New Hyperion rose from "Zero" to "Nipper".
  • : A Giant Meteor lodged a message on the New Hyperion Regional Message Board.
  • : A Giant Meteor relocated from Equilism to New Hyperion.
  • : A Giant Meteor's influence in Equilism rose from "Hatchling" to "Newcomer".

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