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The Federated Stations of Himmel Ende

“Alea Iacta Est”

Category: Democratic Socialists
Civil Rights:
Below Average
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Below Average

Regional Influence: Squire

Location: The Free Nations Region

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Himmel Ende

Population3.678 billion

CapitalThe Endean Hub
LeaderNix Everdusk

CurrencyFlerbo
AnimalSpace Cow

The Federated Stations of Himmel Ende is a massive, safe nation, ruled by Nix Everdusk with an even hand, and renowned for its keen interest in outer space, digital currency, and state-planned economy. The hard-nosed, humorless population of 3.678 billion Endeans are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The enormous, socially-minded government juggles the competing demands of Education, Healthcare, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of The Endean Hub. The average income tax rate is 91.9%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Himmel Endean economy, worth 464 trillion Flerboes 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 Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Arms Manufacturing and Book Publishing. Average income is an impressive 126,370 Flerboes, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Warfare increasingly resembles a video game, populations of two-headed Space Cows have been found around recently-uncovered archaeological sites, glamping Endeans won't sleep in a tent that doesn't include a Jacuzzi, and infantry are nicknamed "mushrooms" because they get fed crap and are left in the dark. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Himmel Ende's national animal is the Space Cow, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Himmel Ende is ranked 118,243rd in the world and 226th in The Free Nations Region for Largest Gambling Industry, scoring 429.32 on the Kelly Criterion Productivity Index.

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Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 2,610thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2,888thLargest Information Technology Sector: 3,619thHealthiest Citizens: 3,714thBest Weather: 3,835thLongest Average Lifespans: 3,842ndHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 4,683rdMost Developed: 4,897thMost Advanced Public Education: 4,954thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 5,058thLowest Crime Rates: 5,264thMost Beautiful Environments: 5,328thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 5,664thMost Scientifically Advanced: 5,719thMost Inclusive: 6,150thHighest Average Tax Rates: 6,898thSmartest Citizens: 7,494thSafest: 7,507thMost Advanced Public Transport: 8,166thMost Influential: 8,225thHighest Poor Incomes: 8,447thLargest Governments: 8,989thMost Secular: 9,520thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 9,880thTop
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Most Subsidized Industry: 14,938thMost Efficient Economies: 16,017thMost Cultured: 17,890thMost Income Equality: 18,609thHighest Average Incomes: 20,351stMost Valuable International Artwork: 21,574th
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Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 6th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 6th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 6th in the regionMost Developed: 7th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 7th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 8th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 9th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 10th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 11th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 11th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 11th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 11th in the regionBest Weather: 13th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 15th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 16th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 17th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 18th in the regionMost Inclusive: 19th in the regionLargest Governments: 21st in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 23rd in the regionTop
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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 27th in the regionSafest: 28th in the regionMost Secular: 32nd in the regionMost Income Equality: 32nd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 41st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 47th in the region

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