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The Holy Empire of Equus

“Carpe diem.”

Category: Liberal Democratic Socialists
Civil Rights:
Excellent
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Superb

Regional Influence: Squire

Location: Wysteria

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Equus

Population38.596 billion

CapitalChevallia

Currencytaon
Animalfire-breathing Equuan dragon

The Holy Empire of Equus is a gargantuan, environmentally stunning nation, renowned for its keen interest in outer space, daily referendums, and absence of drug laws. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 38.596 billion Equuans love a good election, and the government gives them plenty of them. Universities tend to be full of students debating the merits of various civil and political rights, while businesses are tightly regulated and the wealthy viewed with suspicion.

The relatively small government is primarily concerned with Education, although Environment and Welfare are also considered important, while Spirituality and Administration receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Chevallia. The average income tax rate is 7.2%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Equusian economy, worth a remarkable 4,731 trillion taons a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is highly specialized, is mostly made up of the Automobile Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology and Book Publishing. Average income is an impressive 122,593 taons, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Leader's peyote-induced "let's all just be friends" speech is trending world-wide, young and brooding teens are welcomed with open arms to the Dogwarts School of Strangeness and Sorcery, drug deals return to the streets as legions of undercover officers stalk the dark web, and city budgets are spent entirely on supporting the town royalty. Crime is totally unknown. Equus's national animal is the fire-breathing Equuan dragon, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

Equus is ranked 217,719th in the world and 70th in Wysteria for Largest Soda Pop Sector, scoring -14.18 on the Addison-Fukk Productivity Rating.

Top
1%
Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 38thLargest Populations: 61stMost Cheerful Citizens: 363rdBest Weather: 1,917thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1,958thHighest Economic Output: 2,040thHealthiest Citizens: 2,174thMost Stationary: 2,205thTop
5%
Most Valuable International Artwork: 2,267thNicest Citizens: 2,347thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2,442ndMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 3,069thHighest Disposable Incomes: 4,816thLargest Publishing Industry: 4,825thLongest Average Lifespans: 5,029thMost Rebellious Youth: 5,269thMost Developed: 5,442ndSmartest Citizens: 6,499thMost Secular: 6,507thMost Compassionate Citizens: 6,635thMost Advanced Public Education: 8,215thLargest Information Technology Sector: 8,407thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 8,416thMost Influential: 9,706thMost Beautiful Environments: 10,232ndTop
10%
Most Scientifically Advanced: 12,006thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 12,452ndLeast Corrupt Governments: 12,777thMost Pacifist: 13,467thHighest Poor Incomes: 13,554thMost Cultured: 14,864thMost Efficient Economies: 16,298thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 17,658thHighest Average Incomes: 21,741st
Top
10%
Most Valuable International Artwork: 6th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 7th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Equus was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Stationary.
  • : Equus was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Healthiest Citizens and the Top 10% for Highest Average Incomes.
  • : Equus was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Healthiest Citizens.
  • : Equus's influence in Wysteria fell from "Apprentice" to "Squire".
  • : Equus's influence in Wysteria rose from "Squire" to "Apprentice".
  • : Equus was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Highest Poor Incomes.
  • : Equus was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Largest Manufacturing Sector and Nicest Citizens and the Top 5% for Most Popular Tourist Destinations and Most Scientifically Advanced.
  • : Equus was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Stationary.
  • : Equus was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Healthiest Citizens and the Top 10% for Highest Average Incomes.
  • : Equus was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Highest Workforce Participation Rate and Highest Economic Output and the Top 5% for Most Beautiful Environments.

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