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The Chorus Line of Rigel 2

“Come visit our famed resorts, casinos and cabarets”

Category: Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
Civil Rights:
Good
Economy:
All-Consuming
Political Freedoms:
Excellent

Regional Influence: Vassal

Location: United Earth Space Probe Agency

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Rigel 2

Population2.205 billion

CapitalSandapam
LeaderRobert Klymyshyn

CurrencyGold-pressed Latinum Strip
AnimalWing-Slug

The Chorus Line of Rigel 2 is a massive, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Robert Klymyshyn with an even hand, and notable for its state-planned economy, digital currency, and zero percent divorce rate. The compassionate, hard-working, democratic population of 2.205 billion Rigelians 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 relatively small government juggles the competing demands of Education, Industry, and Environment. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Sandapam. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 8.9%.

The all-consuming Rigelian economy, worth 240 trillion Gold-pressed Latinum Strips a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is broadly diversified, is led by the Tourism industry, with major contributions from Retail, Information Technology, and Gambling. Average income is an impressive 108,953 Gold-pressed Latinum Strips, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 342,207 per year while the poor average 26,560, a ratio of 12.9 to 1.

More and more people are signing up for the government party, international collectors know that a grease-stain on a work of art probably means it's passed through Rigel 2, proper policy proposals prerequire professional peer-reviewed papers, and graffiti artists spend lengthy periods of time in jail. Crime is totally unknown. Rigel 2's national animal is the Wing-Slug, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Rigel 2 is ranked 24,432nd in the world and 5th in United Earth Space Probe Agency for Rudest Citizens, with 98.4 Insults Per Minute.

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Most Valuable International Artwork: 3,687thLargest Retail Industry: 4,681stHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 4,907thHighest Disposable Incomes: 6,381stMost Cheerful Citizens: 8,307thLargest Gambling Industry: 8,556thTop
10%
Highest Wealthy Incomes: 13,825thMost Pacifist: 14,523rdNicest Citizens: 17,138thBest Weather: 19,362ndLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 21,153rdMost Compassionate Citizens: 21,164th
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Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 1st in the regionTop
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Most Cheerful Citizens: 3rd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 4th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 5th in the regionRudest Citizens: 5th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 5th in the regionMost Developed: 5th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 5th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 6th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 7th in the regionNudest: 7th in the regionMost Average: 8th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 8th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 9th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 9th in the regionTop
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Best Weather: 10th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 11th in the regionNicest Citizens: 12th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 12th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 12th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 13th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 14th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 14th in the regionMost Influential: 14th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 16th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 16th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 19th in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 19th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 19th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Rigel 2, graffiti artists spend lengthy periods of time in jail.
  • : Following new legislation in Rigel 2, proper policy proposals prerequire professional peer-reviewed papers.
  • : Following new legislation in Rigel 2, international collectors know that a grease-stain on a work of art probably means it's passed through Rigel 2.
  • : Following new legislation in Rigel 2, more and more people are signing up for the government party.
  • : Following new legislation in Rigel 2, the Violetist community celebrates bombshells being dropped on Rigel 2.
  • : Rigel 2 was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Compassionate Citizens.
  • : Rigel 2 was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Rebellious Youth.
  • : Following new legislation in Rigel 2, cults that offer eternal life after death to those who follow a self-sacrificing saviour are frowned upon.
  • : Following new legislation in Rigel 2, the government has enacted freedom of information.
  • : Rigel 2 was reclassified from "New York Times Democracy" to "Inoffensive Centrist Democracy".

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