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The Taking A Break from NS of Earth Orbit

“Ad Astra Per Aspera”

Category: Capitalist Paradise
Civil Rights:
Very Good
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Below Average

Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: the South Pacific

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Earth Orbit

Population1.913 billion

CapitalOrbis Alpha-1
LeaderJames Haywood

Currencycredit
Animaltardigrade

The Taking A Break from NS of Earth Orbit is a massive, cultured nation, ruled by James Haywood with an even hand, and notable for its frequent executions, digital currency, and irreverence towards religion. The hard-nosed, hard-working population of 1.913 billion Orbiters are either ruled by a sleek, efficient government or a conglomerate of multinational corporations; it's difficult to tell which.

The relatively small government juggles the competing demands of Industry, Defense, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Orbis Alpha-1. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 10.3%.

The frighteningly efficient Orbitian economy, worth 205 trillion credits a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Retail, Beef-Based Agriculture, and Book Publishing. Average income is an impressive 107,338 credits, with the richest citizens earning 9.7 times as much as the poorest.

Several inches are being added to first class seating, the government has declined to declare any particular religion as its 'official' one, James Haywood has just been declared ruler of Earth Orbit in an international press conference, and one year's corporation tax from three international megacorporations has funded one dozen shiny black pencils for James Haywood's office. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Earth Orbit's national animal is the tardigrade.

Earth Orbit is ranked 72,287th in the world and 2,589th in the South Pacific for Nudest, with 160.75 Cheeks Per Square Mile.

Top
5%
Most Influential: 3,056thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 3,872ndLargest Agricultural Sector: 5,301stHighest Disposable Incomes: 6,835thLargest Retail Industry: 10,348thTop
10%
Largest Information Technology Sector: 18,854thMost Valuable International Artwork: 18,887thLargest Publishing Industry: 19,578thMost Developed: 20,536thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 20,751stMost Efficient Economies: 20,798thMost Scientifically Advanced: 21,662nd
Top
5%
Largest Cheese Export Sector: 99th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 158th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 174th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 331st in the regionMost Influential: 369th in the regionTop
10%
Rudest Citizens: 559th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 568th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 576th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 582nd in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 595th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 613th in the regionMost Developed: 617th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 646th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 826th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Earth Orbit's influence in The South Pacific fell from "Page" to "Shoeshiner".
  • : Earth Orbit was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Scientifically Advanced.
  • : Earth Orbit was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Publishing Industry.
  • : Earth Orbit was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Retail Industry and the Top 10% for Highest Wealthy Incomes.
  • : Earth Orbit's influence in The South Pacific fell from "Squire" to "Page".
  • : Earth Orbit was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Highest Wealthy Incomes.
  • : Following new legislation in Earth Orbit, one year's corporation tax from three international megacorporations has funded one dozen shiny black pencils for James Haywood's office.
  • : Earth Orbit was reclassified from "Inoffensive Centrist Democracy" to "Capitalist Paradise".
  • : Earth Orbit changed its national leader to "James Haywood".
  • : Following new legislation in Earth Orbit, James Haywood has just been declared ruler of Earth Orbit in an international press conference.

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