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The Love Sonnet of Canopus Planet

“Home of the greatest sonnet ever written in the galaxy”

Category: Left-wing Utopia
Civil Rights:
Superb
Economy:
Reasonable
Political Freedoms:
Superb

Regional Influence: Vassal

Location: United Earth Space Probe Agency

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Canopus Planet

Population2.254 billion

CapitalCanopus City
LeaderPadraig Daniels

CurrencyFederation Credit
AnimalNightingale

The Love Sonnet of Canopus Planet is a massive, genial nation, ruled by Padraig Daniels with a fair hand, and remarkable for its keen interest in outer space, daily referendums, and devotion to social welfare. The compassionate, democratic, devout population of 2.254 billion Canopusians are free to do what they want with their own bodies, and vote for whomever they like in elections; if they go into business, however, they are regulated to within an inch of their lives.

The enormous, socially-minded, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Education, Environment, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Canopus City. The average income tax rate is 75.7%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The large but inefficient Canopus economy, worth 102 trillion Federation Credits a year, is quite specialized and mostly made up of the Trout Farming industry, with significant contributions from Tourism, Information Technology, and Cheese Exports. State-owned companies are common. Average income is 45,420 Federation Credits, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Scoutmasters debate whether luxury log cabins defeat the purpose of camping, a weakened police force struggles to maintain law and order, euthanasia is illegal, and the price of takeaway food quadruples after 6pm. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Canopus Planet's national animal is the Nightingale, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Canopus Planet is ranked 152,178th in the world and 78th in United Earth Space Probe Agency for Rudest Citizens, with 37.88 Insults Per Minute.

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Most Pacifist: 6,826thMost Valuable International Artwork: 7,089thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 7,712thSafest: 7,759thMost Devout: 8,490thLeast Corrupt Governments: 8,829thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 10,078thTop
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Most Compassionate Citizens: 11,044thNicest Citizens: 11,120thMost Inclusive: 14,070thBest Weather: 15,226thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 18,832ndMost Beautiful Environments: 18,954thHighest Average Tax Rates: 19,230thMost Income Equality: 19,643rdMost Cheerful Citizens: 20,883rdMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 21,381st
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Most Inclusive: 2nd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 2nd in the regionNicest Citizens: 3rd in the regionMost Cultured: 4th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 4th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 4th in the regionBest Weather: 5th in the regionMost Pacifist: 5th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 6th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 6th in the regionSafest: 6th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 7th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 7th in the regionMost Devout: 8th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 8th in the regionMost Politically Free: 8th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 9th in the regionLargest Governments: 9th in the regionTop
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Most Advanced Public Transport: 10th in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 11th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 12th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 13th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 13th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 14th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 15th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Canopus Planet, the price of takeaway food quadruples after 6pm.
  • : Following new legislation in Canopus Planet, euthanasia is illegal.
  • : Following new legislation in Canopus Planet, a weakened police force struggles to maintain law and order.
  • : Following new legislation in Canopus Planet, Scoutmasters debate whether luxury log cabins defeat the purpose of camping.
  • : Following new legislation in Canopus Planet, innocent defendants often plead guilty for fear of receiving a much harsher sentence before jury.
  • : Following new legislation in Canopus Planet, environmental officials dismiss uncontrolled wildfires burning down major cities as nature taking its course.
  • : Following new legislation in Canopus Planet, female newsreaders distract the nation by breastfeeding during broadcast.
  • : Following new legislation in Canopus Planet, traveller camps regularly block five-lane superhighways.
  • : Following new legislation in Canopus Planet, people can't decide between preserving forests and buying print copies of 'Dogman Versus The Giggler'.
  • : Following new legislation in Canopus Planet, troublemakers boast about how many times they have to visit their therapist.

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