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The Eru Ilúvatar of Fire and Ice of Captain Apollo

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Category: Civil Rights Lovefest
Civil Rights:
Political Freedoms:
Widely Abused

Regional Influence: Apprentice

Location: Lazarus


Captain Apollo

Population17.105 billion

CapitalThe BattleStar Galactica


The Eru Ilúvatar of Fire and Ice of Captain Apollo is a gargantuan, cultured nation, remarkable for its smutty television, rampant corporate plagiarism, and stringent health and safety legislation. The compassionate, democratic, humorless population of 17.105 billion Colonists hold their civil and political rights very dear, although the wealthy and those in business tend to be viewed with suspicion.

The government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked, outspoken morass — juggles the competing demands of Education, Environment, and Law & Order. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of The BattleStar Galactica. The average income tax rate is 90.9%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The powerhouse Colonial economy, worth a remarkable 1,355 trillion Cubits a year, is quite specialized and led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Basket Weaving, Book Publishing, and Gambling. Average income is 79,257 Cubits, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.0 times as much as the poorest.

The government has officially clarified that "wee on your hands to save time" does not count as proper hygiene, visitors to Violet Rock City are stunned to learn that they must memorize the "99 Principles" before entering, the diplomatic corps stinks, and edutainment video games are taking Captain Apollo's students to the next level. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Captain Apollo's national animal is the Cylon, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Captain Apollo is ranked 21,390th in the world and 1,235th in Lazarus for Most Developed, scoring 74.02 on the Human Development Index.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 1,847thMost Influential: 1,963rdHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 2,191stMost Advanced Public Transport: 4,400thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 5,850thMost Politically Free: 7,076thHighest Average Tax Rates: 7,236thLargest Populations: 7,502ndMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 7,726thMost Advanced Public Education: 7,768thLargest Welfare Programs: 8,170thTop
Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 9,979thHighest Economic Output: 10,154thMost Subsidized Industry: 10,302ndMost Beautiful Environments: 10,382ndMost Pacifist: 11,159thMost Rebellious Youth: 12,569thSafest: 12,933rdLongest Average Lifespans: 13,714thBest Weather: 15,285thLargest Governments: 15,989thNudest: 16,174thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 16,379thSmartest Citizens: 16,773rd
Most Influential: 32nd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 38th in the regionTop
Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 135th in the regionLargest Populations: 230th in the regionMost Politically Free: 254th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 319th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 345th in the regionTop
Most Stationary: 432nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 453rd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 460th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 510th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 510th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 545th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 578th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 581st in the regionMost Pacifist: 629th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 661st in the region

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