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Largest Soda Pop Sector: 5th Largest Pizza Delivery Sector: 14th Most Armed: 17th
The Ur-Quan Masters of
Capitalizt
Hold what you do is wrong! Why do you do this thing?
Influence
Shoeshiner
Region
Civil Rights
Excellent
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Very Good

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Hesperonis

Population33.677 billion

CapitalDelta Crateris V
LeaderLord 353
FaithPath of Now and Forever

CurrencySa-Matra
AnimalDnyarri

The Ur-Quan Masters of Hesperonis is a gargantuan, socially progressive nation, ruled by Lord 353 with an even hand, and renowned for its rum-swilling pirates, infamous sell-swords, and sprawling nuclear power plants. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, cheerful population of 33.677 billion Ur-Quans enjoy some of the most opulent lifestyles in the region, unless they are unemployed or working-class, in which case they are variously starving to death or crippled by easily preventable diseases.

There is no government in the normal sense of the word; however, a small group of community-minded, corrupt, pro-business individuals juggles the competing demands of Defense, Industry, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Delta Crateris V. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Hesperonisian economy, worth an astonishing 19,727 trillion Sa-Matras a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Soda Sales industry, with major contributions from Retail, Information Technology, and Gambling. Average income is a breathtaking 585,796 Sa-Matras, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 2,860,568 per year while the poor average 68,974, a ratio of 41.5 to 1.

Light entertainment isn't dead, Lord 353's told that love often manifests itself through homicidal four-lettered litanies, Animal Liberationists are regularly arrested, and hedge fund managers are diversifying into herbaceous borders. Crime, especially youth-related, is so common that it is unusual to encounter someone following the law, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. Hesperonis's national animal is the Dnyarri, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Path of Now and Forever.

Hesperonis is ranked 10,454th in the world and 278th in Lazarus for Highest Drug Use, scoring 109.8 on the Pineapple Fondness Rating.

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Largest Soda Pop Sector: 5thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 14thMost Armed: 17thHighest Crime Rates: 17thFattest Citizens: 22ndLowest Overall Tax Burden: 24thRudest Citizens: 30thMost Rebellious Youth: 32ndHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 44thLargest Retail Industry: 46thHighest Disposable Incomes: 57thLargest Gambling Industry: 59thHighest Economic Output: 60thMost Avoided: 62ndHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 81stHighest Wealthy Incomes: 82ndHighest Average Incomes: 123rdLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 204thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 214thLargest Mining Sector: 251stLargest Publishing Industry: 260thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 270thLargest Insurance Industry: 355thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 419thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 447thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 469thMost Scientifically Advanced: 601stLargest Populations: 715thSmartest Citizens: 718thMost Cultured: 967thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1,029thMost Stationary: 1,045thLargest Information Technology Sector: 1,285thTop
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Most Efficient Economies: 1,672ndMost Cheerful Citizens: 1,676thLargest Agricultural Sector: 1,718thLargest Black Market: 3,665thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 5,692ndMost Corrupt Governments: 6,609thTop
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Most Secular: 7,727thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 8,785thMost Influential: 9,497thHighest Drug Use: 10,454thMost Pro-Market: 13,616th
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Most Rebellious Youth: 1st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the regionMost Armed: 1st in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 2nd in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 2nd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 3rd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 3rd in the regionMost Avoided: 3rd in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 3rd in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 3rd in the regionRudest Citizens: 3rd in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 3rd in the regionFattest Citizens: 3rd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 4th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 5th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 5th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 7th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 7th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 7th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 11th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 14th in the regionLargest Populations: 15th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 17th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 18th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 19th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 20th in the regionMost Stationary: 21st in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 21st in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 24th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 38th in the regionMost Cultured: 38th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 44th in the regionTop
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Largest Agricultural Sector: 77th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 78th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 98th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 157th in the regionLargest Black Market: 194th in the regionMost Influential: 243rd in the regionTop
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Most Pro-Market: 256th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 267th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 278th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 363rd in the regionMost Secular: 374th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Hesperonis, hedge fund managers are diversifying into herbaceous borders.
  • : Following new legislation in Hesperonis, Animal Liberationists are regularly arrested.
  • : Following new legislation in Hesperonis, Lord 353's told that love often manifests itself through homicidal four-lettered litanies.
  • : Following new legislation in Hesperonis, light entertainment isn't dead.
  • : Following new legislation in Hesperonis, street gangs rule most of the nation's major cities.
  • : Following new legislation in Hesperonis, citizens are bombarded with advertising from their compulsory miniature radios.
  • : Following new legislation in Hesperonis, stuttering trypanophobes are doomed never to marry.
  • : Following new legislation in Hesperonis, in a desperate bid for cheap airfare Ur-Quans can be seen jogging in a rubber suit just before flying.
  • : Hesperonis was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Pro-Market.
  • : Following new legislation in Hesperonis, the 'kind of scrawny' 500 meter hurdle is a popular event.

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