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The Galactic Diplomatic Hub of Grid Epsilon

“Life's full of mysteries. Consider this one of them.”

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

Regional Influence: Power

Location: Babylon 5

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Grid Epsilon

Population12.126 billion

CapitalBabylon 5
LeaderJohn Sheridan

CurrencyEarth Alliance Credit
AnimalPakmara

The Galactic Diplomatic Hub of Grid Epsilon is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by John Sheridan with an even hand, and remarkable for its compulsory military service, pith helmet sales, and keen interest in outer space. The hard-nosed, hard-working, devout population of 12.126 billion Grid Epsilonians are either ruled by a sleek, efficient government or a conglomerate of multinational corporations; it's difficult to tell which.

The relatively small, pro-business government prioritizes Defense, with Education, Industry, and Healthcare also on the agenda, while Environment and Welfare receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Babylon 5. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 9.5%.

The frighteningly efficient Grid Epsilonian economy, worth a remarkable 2,003 trillion Earth Alliance Credits a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Book Publishing, and Gambling. Average income is an impressive 165,233 Earth Alliance Credits, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,267,672 per year while the poor average 5,809, a ratio of 218 to 1.

The nation's once beautiful countryside have turned brown as farmers spray potent pesticides, citizens are allowed to rise or fall based on their own merits, owning a tractor is widely regarded as an essential prerequisite to most government positions, and airport security is provided by private companies. Crime, especially youth-related, is a major problem, with the police force struggling against a lack of funding and a high mortality rate. Grid Epsilon's national animal is the Pakmara, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Grid Epsilon is ranked 27,370th in the world and 5th in Babylon 5 for Rudest Citizens, with 91.57 Insults Per Minute.

Top
1%
Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 973rdHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1,262ndTop
5%
Highest Disposable Incomes: 2,974thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 3,179thMost Avoided: 3,335thLargest Gambling Industry: 3,378thMost Armed: 3,484thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 3,646thFattest Citizens: 3,685thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 5,274thHighest Crime Rates: 6,189thLargest Agricultural Sector: 6,574thMost Rebellious Youth: 6,740thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 7,280thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 7,495thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 7,562ndHighest Economic Output: 7,575thLargest Publishing Industry: 7,936thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 8,424thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 8,972ndMost Stationary: 9,854thHighest Average Incomes: 10,547thMost Cultured: 10,953rdTop
10%
Most Efficient Economies: 12,459thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 14,367thMost Valuable International Artwork: 15,405thLargest Retail Industry: 15,708thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 15,877thMost Scientifically Advanced: 16,106thLargest Black Market: 16,753rdMost Devout: 16,914thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 17,874thSmartest Citizens: 18,704thLargest Information Technology Sector: 19,509thLargest Populations: 20,973rdLargest Mining Sector: 21,126th
Top
10%
Most Advanced Public Transport: 1st in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1st in the regionMost Inclusive: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 1st in the regionMost Influential: 1st in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 1st in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Grid Epsilon was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Populations.
  • : Grid Epsilon was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Highest Average Incomes.
  • : Grid Epsilon was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Pro-Market.
  • : Grid Epsilon was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Pro-Market.
  • : Grid Epsilon was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Efficient Economies and the Top 10% for Most Subsidized Industry.
  • : Grid Epsilon was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Rudest Citizens.
  • : Grid Epsilon was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Populations.
  • : Grid Epsilon was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Highest Average Incomes and the Top 10% for Most Influential.
  • : Grid Epsilon was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Cultured and Most Stationary.
  • : Grid Epsilon was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Information Technology Sector.

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