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The Featured Region Event of A Giant Meteor

“What a wonder; what a sight!”

Category: Father Knows Best State
Civil Rights:
Below Average
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Unheard Of

Regional Influence: Sprat

Location: Etherea

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A Giant Meteor

Population2.174 billion

CapitalToutatis
LeaderHalley Comet
FaithFollowers of the Feature

CurrencyLodestone
AnimalAmeoba

The Featured Region Event of A Giant Meteor is a massive, efficient nation, ruled by Halley Comet with an iron fist, and notable for its barren, inhospitable landscape, compulsory military service, and suspicion of poets. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 2.174 billion Meteorians are ruled by a mostly-benevolent dictator, who grants the populace the freedom to live their own lives but watches carefully for anyone to slip up.

The enormous, corrupt, well-organized 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 89.6%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Meteorian economy, worth 314 trillion Lodestones 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 an enormous, deeply entrenched, quite specialized black market in Arms Manufacturing, Retail, Information Technology, and Uranium Mining. 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 an impressive 144,647 Lodestones, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Halley Comet is refusing to make decisions until the Moon is out of Capricorn, heavily-armed commandos play rock-paper-scissors over whether to execute criminals and foreign visitors, Meteorian watches are often the only thing to survive a disaster intact, and scenic beaches are now protected by massive concrete walls. 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 161,831st in the world and 12th in Etherea for Largest Soda Pop Sector, scoring -4.24 on the Addison-Fukk Productivity Rating.

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1%
Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2,004thTop
5%
Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 2,709thMost Armed: 4,268thMost Corrupt Governments: 5,619thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 6,204thMost Advanced Public Education: 6,470thLargest Retail Industry: 7,437thLargest Black Market: 7,767thMost Subsidized Industry: 8,626thHighest Average Tax Rates: 9,006thHighest Poor Incomes: 9,397thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 9,583rdLargest Mining Sector: 10,189thLowest Crime Rates: 10,744thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 10,859thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 11,101stTop
10%
Largest Governments: 11,362ndFattest Citizens: 11,833rdMost Developed: 13,068thMost Secular: 13,135thHighest Average Incomes: 14,798thMost Efficient Economies: 17,396thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 18,497thHighest Drug Use: 22,036th
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10%
Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 1st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Black Market: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1st in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : A Giant Meteor's influence in Etherea rose from "Zero" to "Sprat".
  • : Following new legislation in A Giant Meteor, scenic beaches are now protected by massive concrete walls.
  • : Following new legislation in A Giant Meteor, Meteorian watches are often the only thing to survive a disaster intact.
  • : Following new legislation in A Giant Meteor, heavily-armed commandos play rock-paper-scissors over whether to execute criminals and foreign visitors.
  • : Following new legislation in A Giant Meteor, Halley Comet is refusing to make decisions until the Moon is out of Capricorn.
  • : A Giant Meteor lodged a message on the Etherea Regional Message Board.
  • : A Giant Meteor relocated from Oahu to Etherea.
  • : A Giant Meteor's influence in Oahu rose from "Minnow" to "Sprat".
  • : A Giant Meteor was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Extensive Public Healthcare.
  • : A Giant Meteor's influence in Oahu rose from "Zero" to "Minnow".

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