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The Ur-Quan Masters of Hesperonis

“Hold what you do is wrong! Why do you do this thing?”

Category: Capitalist Paradise
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Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: Lazarus



Population37.263 billion

CapitalDelta Crateris V
LeaderLord 353
FaithPath of Now and Forever


The Ur-Quan Masters of Hesperonis is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Lord 353 with an even hand, and renowned for its multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, unlimited-speed roads, and public floggings. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, cheerful population of 37.263 billion Ur-Quans are either ruled by a sleek, efficient government or a conglomerate of multinational corporations; it's difficult to tell which.

The minute, corrupt government, or what there is of one, is solely concerned with Defense. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Delta Crateris V. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Hesperonisian economy, worth an astonishing 22,787 trillion Sa-Matras a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Soda Sales industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Retail, and Gambling. Average income is a breathtaking 611,542 Sa-Matras, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 2,025,357 per year while the poor average 137,926, a ratio of 14.7 to 1.

Innocent defendants often plead guilty for fear of receiving a much harsher sentence before jury, chickens roam the streets freely, heavy industry must go to expensive lengths to dispose of waste, and the military has adopted a weird double-fisted salute. Crime, especially youth-related, is so common that it is unusual to encounter someone following the law, probably because of the absence of a police force. Hesperonis's national animal is the Dnyarri, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Path of Now and Forever.

Hesperonis is ranked 181,082nd in the world and 5,988th in Lazarus for Most Politically Free, scoring 34.86 on the Diebold Election Inking Scale.

Largest Soda Pop Sector: 6thMost Armed: 13thHighest Crime Rates: 16thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 18thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 23rdLowest Overall Tax Burden: 23rdFattest Citizens: 24thMost Rebellious Youth: 30thLargest Gambling Industry: 49thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 51stHighest Disposable Incomes: 52ndHighest Economic Output: 55thMost Avoided: 58thLargest Retail Industry: 65thRudest Citizens: 130thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 132ndHighest Average Incomes: 137thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 191stLargest Mining Sector: 239thLargest Publishing Industry: 248thMost Efficient Economies: 285thLargest Insurance Industry: 319thMost Scientifically Advanced: 336thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 341stLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 373rdLargest Agricultural Sector: 421stMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 488thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 520thLargest Populations: 685thSmartest Citizens: 685thMost Cultured: 728thMost Stationary: 920thLargest Information Technology Sector: 1,103rdMost Valuable International Artwork: 1,159thMost Cheerful Citizens: 1,803rdTop
Largest Manufacturing Sector: 2,725thLargest Black Market: 3,497thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 3,543rdMost Corrupt Governments: 4,638thHighest Poor Incomes: 5,051stMost Secular: 8,719thMost Influential: 11,811thTop
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 20,812th
Highest Unexpected Death Rate: 1st in the regionFattest Citizens: 1st in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 1st in the regionMost Avoided: 1st in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1st in the regionMost Armed: 1st in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 2nd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 2nd in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 2nd in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 2nd in the regionRudest Citizens: 3rd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 5th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 6th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 7th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 9th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 9th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 10th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 11th in the regionLargest Populations: 12th in the regionMost Stationary: 17th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 19th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 19th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 21st in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 22nd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 22nd in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 28th in the regionMost Cultured: 31st in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 33rd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 36th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 37th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 79th in the regionTop
Largest Manufacturing Sector: 144th in the regionLargest Black Market: 169th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 191st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 241st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 250th in the regionMost Influential: 269th in the regionTop
Most Secular: 442nd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 669th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Hesperonis, the military has adopted a weird double-fisted salute.
  • : Following new legislation in Hesperonis, heavy industry must go to expensive lengths to dispose of waste.
  • : Following new legislation in Hesperonis, chickens roam the streets freely.
  • : Following new legislation in Hesperonis, innocent defendants often plead guilty for fear of receiving a much harsher sentence before jury.
  • : Following new legislation in Hesperonis, all tariffs have been abolished.
  • : Following new legislation in Hesperonis, major boxing matches are held in government buildings.
  • : Following new legislation in Hesperonis, victims of crime are viewed as less trustworthy than politicians.
  • : Following new legislation in Hesperonis, soldiers' positions are given away by the glint of their bayonets.
  • : Following new legislation in Hesperonis, the dessert 'Death by Chocolate' isn't the most lethal dish on the menu.
  • : Following new legislation in Hesperonis, every week is blindness awareness week.


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