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The Ordained Lands of Palutenia

“May the Goddess smile upon us”

Category: Capitalist Paradise
Civil Rights:
Very Good
Political Freedoms:

Regional Influence: Sprat

Location: The North Pacific



Population7.487 billion

LeaderEmperor of the Goddess

AnimalGreat White Shark

The Ordained Lands of Palutenia is a colossal, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Emperor of the Goddess with an even hand, and remarkable for its compulsory military service, daily referendums, and sprawling nuclear power plants. The hard-nosed, hard-working, devout population of 7.487 billion Palutenians are either ruled by a sleek, efficient government or a conglomerate of multinational corporations; it's difficult to tell which.

The relatively small government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Spirituality, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Tetra. The average income tax rate is 21.6%.

The powerhouse Palutenian economy, worth 779 trillion Medallions a year, is fairly diversified and led by the Tourism industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Arms Manufacturing, and Retail. Average income is an impressive 104,166 Medallions, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 3.1 times as much as the poorest.

Citizens are allowed to rise or fall based on their own merits, the institution of marriage is held sacred and strictly enforced, school teachers check the staff room for hidden webcams before complaining about rebellious students, and the alarmingly racist TV show 'Bigtopians Say the Darndest Things' is a hit. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Palutenia's national animal is the Great White Shark, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Solaris.

Palutenia is ranked 132,980th in the world and 4,834th in The North Pacific for Greatest Rich-Poor Divides, with 3.08 Rich To Poor Income Ratio.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 3,040thMost Devout: 4,458thMost Influential: 5,397thMost Valuable International Artwork: 6,168thHighest Disposable Incomes: 9,789thLargest Retail Industry: 11,583rdTop
Largest Furniture Restoration Industry: 12,409thMost Stationary: 17,754thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 20,691stLargest Agricultural Sector: 22,009th
Most Devout: 187th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 408th in the regionMost Stationary: 419th in the regionTop
Largest Furniture Restoration Industry: 527th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 554th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 610th in the regionRudest Citizens: 690th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 837th in the regionLargest Populations: 872nd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 901st in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 920th in the region

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