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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
Civil Rights:
Political Freedoms:
Very Good

Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: Lazarus



Population35.849 billion

CapitalDelta Crateris V
LeaderLord 353
FaithPath of Now and Forever


The Ur-Quan Masters of Hesperonis is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by Lord 353 with an even hand, and remarkable for its daily referendums, otherworldly petting zoo, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cheerful population of 35.849 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, pro-business 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 21,335 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 Retail, Information Technology, and Gambling. Average income is a breathtaking 595,151 Sa-Matras, but there is an enormous disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 3,231,791 per year while the poor average 56,455, a ratio of 57.2 to 1.

The nation's most "productive" diamond mine hasn't been operational for seven months, 9 out of 10 consumers think that vitamins can cure cancer, there is a growing belief that consciousness is a simulated illusion within a computer-generated reality, and fur coats have become the latest fashion trend. Crime, especially youth-related, is so common that it is unusual to encounter someone following the law, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. 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 15,839th in the world and 387th in Lazarus for Most Pro-Market, scoring 83.22 on the Rand Index.

Largest Soda Pop Sector: 6thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 14thMost Armed: 15thHighest Crime Rates: 15thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 19thFattest Citizens: 24thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 25thMost Rebellious Youth: 30thRudest Citizens: 33rdHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 42ndLargest Gambling Industry: 51stHighest Disposable Incomes: 58thLargest Retail Industry: 58thHighest Economic Output: 58thMost Avoided: 64thHighest Average Incomes: 136thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 139thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 176thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 192ndLargest Mining Sector: 242ndLargest Publishing Industry: 252ndMost Efficient Economies: 307thLargest Insurance Industry: 316thMost Scientifically Advanced: 352ndMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 370thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 394thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 415thLargest Agricultural Sector: 424thLargest Populations: 692ndSmartest Citizens: 693rdMost Cultured: 901stMost Valuable International Artwork: 949thMost Stationary: 965thLargest Information Technology Sector: 1,194thTop
Most Cheerful Citizens: 2,100thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 3,269thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 4,175thMost Corrupt Governments: 5,593rdLargest Black Market: 5,818thMost Secular: 8,937thTop
Most Influential: 11,605thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 15,713thMost Pro-Market: 15,839thHighest Drug Use: 17,799thNudest: 20,458th
Highest Disposable Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Avoided: 1st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1st in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1st in the regionMost Armed: 1st in the regionFattest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 1st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 2nd in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 2nd in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 2nd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 2nd in the regionRudest Citizens: 2nd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 3rd in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 3rd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 5th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 6th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 6th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 8th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 10th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 10th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 11th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 13th in the regionLargest Populations: 13th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 16th in the regionMost Stationary: 17th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 19th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 20th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 22nd in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 24th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 27th in the regionMost Cultured: 44th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 44th in the regionTop
Most Cheerful Citizens: 108th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 168th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 215th in the regionMost Influential: 287th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 306th in the regionLargest Black Market: 324th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 379th in the regionTop
Most Pro-Market: 387th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 389th in the regionMost Secular: 471st in the regionNudest: 565th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 720th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Hesperonis, fur coats have become the latest fashion trend.
  • : Following new legislation in Hesperonis, there is a growing belief that consciousness is a simulated illusion within a computer-generated reality.
  • : Following new legislation in Hesperonis, 9 out of 10 consumers think that vitamins can cure cancer.
  • : Following new legislation in Hesperonis, the nation's most "productive" diamond mine hasn't been operational for seven months.
  • : Following new legislation in Hesperonis, Hesperonisian scientists are mixing chewing tobacco with bacon flavouring in an attempt to craft the perfect male snack.
  • : Following new legislation in Hesperonis, judges who serve for life or good behavior can expect to stay for a week.
  • : Following new legislation in Hesperonis, jaywalking is punishable by public flogging.
  • : Following new legislation in Hesperonis, it is said that a Hesperonisian woman's work is never done.
  • : Following new legislation in Hesperonis, schoolyard sandboxes resemble ashtrays due to the large number of cigarette butts.
  • : Following new legislation in Hesperonis, billions of Sa-Matras are being blown on orbital weapons development.


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