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The Spectacular Castles of Rigel-VII

“There's a moon over Rigel-VII faraway in space & time.”

Category: Liberal Democratic Socialists
Civil Rights:
Excellent
Economy:
Struggling
Political Freedoms:
Superb

Regional Influence: Apprentice

Location: United Earth Space Probe Agency

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Rigel-VII

Population2.341 billion

CapitalLagrange Colony
LeaderDaniel Cheney

CurrencyFederation Credit
AnimalKalar

The Spectacular Castles of Rigel-VII is a massive, safe nation, ruled by Daniel Cheney with a fair hand, and renowned for its closed borders, keen interest in outer space, and irreverence towards religion. The compassionate, democratic population of 2.341 billion Rigelians love a good election, and the government gives them plenty of them. Universities tend to be full of students debating the merits of various civil and political rights, while businesses are tightly regulated and the wealthy viewed with suspicion.

The large, socially-minded government juggles the competing demands of Education, Welfare, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Lagrange Colony. The average income tax rate is 64.0%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The sizeable but stagnant Rigelian economy, worth 39.6 trillion Federation Credits a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is quite specialized, is led by the Tourism industry, with major contributions from Cheese Exports, Book Publishing, and Information Technology. Average income is 16,927 Federation Credits, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Space research funding has hit a recent high while several military bases are being closed down, military strategists are questioning the wisdom of subsidizing the economies of sworn enemies, leading ethologists are being investigated for illegal electoral interference, and paranoid museum guards keep a lookout for any animated displays attempting to escape the premises after dark. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Rigel-VII's national animal is the Kalar, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Rigel-VII is ranked 75,143rd in the world and 103rd in United Earth Space Probe Agency for Most Secular, with 18.03 Atheism Rate.

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Most Income Equality: 10,329thSafest: 10,341stTop
10%
Most Pacifist: 13,570thMost Valuable International Artwork: 15,940th
Top
10%
Safest: 13th in the regionNudest: 14th in the regionMost Politically Free: 17th in the regionMost Stationary: 18th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Rigel-VII was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Safest.
  • : Following new legislation in Rigel-VII, paranoid museum guards keep a lookout for any animated displays attempting to escape the premises after dark.
  • : Following new legislation in Rigel-VII, leading ethologists are being investigated for illegal electoral interference.
  • : Following new legislation in Rigel-VII, military strategists are questioning the wisdom of subsidizing the economies of sworn enemies.
  • : Following new legislation in Rigel-VII, space research funding has hit a recent high while several military bases are being closed down.
  • : Following new legislation in Rigel-VII, science centers and state of the art laboratories are ubiquitous.
  • : Following new legislation in Rigel-VII, the new Kalar Supremacy Party is faring well in the polls.
  • : Rigel-VII was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Pacifist and Safest.
  • : Following new legislation in Rigel-VII, gun regulations are so strict even staple guns and hot glue guns are illegal.
  • : Rigel-VII was reclassified from "Left-wing Utopia" to "Liberal Democratic Socialists".

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