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The Terran Empire of Hoshi Sato

“Inter Arma Enim Silent Leges”

Category: Corporate Police State
Civil Rights:
Unheard Of
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Unheard Of

Regional Influence: Hegemony

Location: Alpha Quadrant

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Hoshi Sato

Population18.829 billion

CapitalEarth
LeaderHoshi Sato
FaithHoshi Sato

CurrencyCredit
AnimalRunaway Slave

The Terran Empire of Hoshi Sato is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Hoshi Sato with an iron fist, and notable for its barren, inhospitable landscape, enslaved workforce, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 18.829 billion Terrans are ruled with an iron fist by the corrupt, dictatorship government, which oppresses anyone who isn't on the board of a Fortune 500 company. Large corporations tend to be above the law, and use their financial clout to gain ever-increasing government benefits at the expense of the poor and unemployed.

The tiny, corrupt, moralistic, pro-business, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Earth. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 2.4%.

The frighteningly efficient Hoshi Satoan economy, worth a remarkable 6,388 trillion Credits a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Uranium Mining, Automobile Manufacturing, and Retail. Average income is an amazing 339,275 Credits, but there is an enormous disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,835,379 per year while the poor average 32,445, a ratio of 56.6 to 1.

The industries of Hoshi Sato are coughing all the way to the bank, the government response to disaster victims starving for bread is "let them eat stale cake", major corporations receive tax breaks for no apparent reason, and loss of the ability to speak is a common affliction of the elderly. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force. Hoshi Sato's national animal is the Runaway Slave, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Hoshi Sato.

Hoshi Sato is ranked 1,787th in the world and 1st in Alpha Quadrant for Largest Furniture Restoration Industry, scoring 9,945.95 on the Spitz-Pollish Productivity Index.

Top
1%
Largest Insurance Industry: 265thMost Avoided: 292ndHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 296thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 331stLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 341stMost Efficient Economies: 361stHighest Disposable Incomes: 453rdMost Ignorant Citizens: 509thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 518thFattest Citizens: 567thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 634thLargest Mining Sector: 671stLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 704thMost Corrupt Governments: 933rdHighest Economic Output: 947thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 967thHighest Average Incomes: 1,055thLargest Gambling Industry: 1,120thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1,296thMost Stationary: 1,301stLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1,669thTop
5%
Largest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1,787thLargest Retail Industry: 1,925thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 2,068thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 2,499thLowest Crime Rates: 3,007thLargest Agricultural Sector: 3,613thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 3,777thMost Primitive: 4,551stLargest Governments: 4,604thRudest Citizens: 5,068thLargest Populations: 6,118thMost Influential: 6,575thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 6,824thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 7,319thMost Devout: 7,938thMost Subsidized Industry: 7,977thTop
10%
Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 8,608thLargest Black Market: 10,000thMost Pro-Market: 11,465thMost Conservative: 12,542ndMost Extreme: 14,239thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 15,339th

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Hoshi Sato, loss of the ability to speak is a common affliction of the elderly.
  • : Following new legislation in Hoshi Sato, major corporations receive tax breaks for no apparent reason.
  • : Following new legislation in Hoshi Sato, the government response to disaster victims starving for bread is "let them eat stale cake".
  • : Following new legislation in Hoshi Sato, the industries of Hoshi Sato are coughing all the way to the bank.
  • : Following new legislation in Hoshi Sato, police drones follow every suspected Peeping Tom.
  • : Following new legislation in Hoshi Sato, petitioners are increasingly resorting to climbing through Hoshi Sato's window to draw attention to their issues.
  • : Hoshi Sato's influence in Alpha Quadrant fell from "Hermit" to "Hegemony".
  • : Hoshi Sato was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Lowest Overall Tax Burden.
  • : Following new legislation in Hoshi Sato, nuclear warheads are frequently launched into space as a warning to invading meteoroids.
  • : Hoshi Sato was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Lowest Overall Tax Burden.

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