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Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1,966thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1,978thHighest Disposable Incomes: 4,330th
The Dictatorship of
Compulsory Consumerist State
Efficiency is the Precursor to Success
Civil Rights
Very Good
Political Freedom

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Rho Ophiuchi

Population278 million


The Dictatorship of Rho Ophiuchi is a huge, socially progressive nation, remarkable for its ubiquitous missile silos, sprawling nuclear power plants, and suspicion of poets. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical population of 278 million Rho Ophiuchans are rabid consumers, partly through choice and partly because the government tells them to and dissenters tend to vanish from their homes at night.

The minute, corrupt, pro-business, well-organized government, or what there is of one, juggles the competing demands of Industry, Education, and Defense. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 3.1%.

The frighteningly efficient Rho Ophiuchian economy, worth 34.3 trillion Credits a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Automobile Manufacturing, Retail, and Arms Manufacturing. Average income is an impressive 123,354 Credits, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 479,441 per year while the poor average 21,709, a ratio of 22.1 to 1.

One can walk from one side of Rho Ophiuchi City to the other without setting foot on Rho Ophiuchian soil, the nation's navy has been named the scourge of the seven thousand seas, the government keeps its thumb on the scales of justice, and programmes of questionable content are shown at peak-hours. Crime, especially youth-related, is a major problem, with the police force struggling against a lack of funding and a high mortality rate. Rho Ophiuchi's national animal is the Rotifer, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Rho Ophiuchi is ranked 212,713th in the world and 5,483rd in the Pacific for Most Primitive, scoring -253.58 on the Scary Big Number Scale.

Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1,966thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1,978thTop
Highest Disposable Incomes: 4,330thHighest Crime Rates: 4,520thMost Avoided: 5,323rdHighest Wealthy Incomes: 7,166thFattest Citizens: 8,309thLargest Agricultural Sector: 9,797thLargest Insurance Industry: 10,271stLargest Retail Industry: 11,423rdTop
Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 11,654thMost Armed: 13,337thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 14,438thLargest Information Technology Sector: 15,338thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 16,581stLargest Soda Pop Sector: 16,689thMost Pro-Market: 17,156thMost Scientifically Advanced: 17,244thMost Corrupt Governments: 17,757thMost Valuable International Artwork: 19,186thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 20,008thHighest Average Incomes: 22,399th
Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 16th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 28th in the regionTop
Highest Disposable Incomes: 87th in the regionMost Avoided: 112th in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 116th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 160th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 187th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 190th in the regionMost Armed: 195th in the regionFattest Citizens: 203rd in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 230th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 242nd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 251st in the regionTop
Largest Manufacturing Sector: 300th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 320th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 325th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 348th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 349th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 407th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 424th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 463rd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 472nd in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 489th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 532nd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 535th in the region

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