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The Galactic Federation of Odinburgh

“Responsibility, Duty, Honor And Sacrifice For Peace.”

Category: Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
Civil Rights:
Below Average
Political Freedoms:

Regional Influence: Ambassador

Location: Novus Lucidum



Population18.669 billion

LeaderPrime Minister Arthur Tannenbay
FaithThe Order of Odin


The Galactic Federation of Odinburgh is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Prime Minister Arthur Tannenbay with an even hand, and notable for its public floggings, compulsory military service, and punitive income tax rates. The compassionate, cheerful population of 18.669 billion Odinburghians have some civil rights, but not too many, enjoy the freedom to spend their money however they like, to a point, and take part in free and open elections, although not too often.

The medium-sized, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Education, and Law & Order. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Thorheim. The average income tax rate is 96.9%.

The frighteningly efficient Odinburghian economy, worth a remarkable 7,791 trillion Rawas a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is an enormous, deeply entrenched, fairly diversified black market in Information Technology, Arms Manufacturing, Book Publishing, and Retail. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is an amazing 417,374 Rawas, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.0 times as much as the poorest.

An aboriginal talking stick is used for leaders' debates at election time, 1% of global paper production is bound for the National Archive, the once prosperous capital is in utter decline, and parents live in fear of governmental 'child protection' squads. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Odinburgh's national animal is the Raven, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is The Order of Odin.

Odinburgh is ranked 1,828th in the world and 4th in Novus Lucidum for Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector, scoring 11,068.01 on the Henry Ford Productivity Index.

Largest Information Technology Sector: 166thLargest Black Market: 292ndHighest Poor Incomes: 348thMost Valuable International Artwork: 498thMost Scientifically Advanced: 511thLargest Publishing Industry: 567thHighest Average Incomes: 615thLargest Agricultural Sector: 705thHighest Economic Output: 720thMost Corrupt Governments: 745thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 942ndLowest Crime Rates: 985thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 997thSmartest Citizens: 1,003rdMost Cultured: 1,034thMost Cheerful Citizens: 1,036thMost Secular: 1,086thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1,197thMost Armed: 1,466thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1,485thLargest Governments: 1,525thMost Inclusive: 1,691stMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 1,749thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1,828thTop
Most Developed: 2,289thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 3,023rdHighest Average Tax Rates: 3,052ndLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 3,078thMost Advanced Public Education: 3,256thLargest Retail Industry: 3,653rdMost Efficient Economies: 3,938thRudest Citizens: 4,423rdMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 4,674thMost Subsidized Industry: 5,236thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 5,575thNicest Citizens: 5,894thMost Advanced Public Transport: 6,066thLongest Average Lifespans: 6,196thMost Influential: 6,820thLargest Populations: 7,404thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 9,611thTop
Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 11,053rdMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 11,159thMost Compassionate Citizens: 14,039thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 20,094th
Smartest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 1st in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 1st in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionLargest Black Market: 1st in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1st in the regionMost Cultured: 2nd in the regionMost Inclusive: 2nd in the regionNicest Citizens: 2nd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 2nd in the regionLargest Populations: 2nd in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 2nd in the regionTop
Largest Agricultural Sector: 3rd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 3rd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 3rd in the regionMost Developed: 3rd in the regionLargest Governments: 3rd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 4th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 4th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 4th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 4th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 4th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 4th in the region

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