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The Orion Star Empire Capital of Steel Butterfly

“Strength and Honor”

Category: Capitalist Paradise
Civil Rights:
Very Good
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Average

Regional Influence: Hermit

Location: Orion Sector

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Steel Butterfly

Population37.111 billion

CapitalMonarch Heights

CurrencyImperial Credit
AnimalFenrir Wolf

The Orion Star Empire Capital of Steel Butterfly is a gargantuan, safe nation, remarkable for its enslaved workforce, daily referendums, and compulsory military service. The hard-nosed, hard-working, humorless population of 37.111 billion Orions are either ruled by a sleek, efficient government or a conglomerate of multinational corporations; it's difficult to tell which.

The tiny, pro-business government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Monarch Heights. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Steel Butterflyian economy, worth an astonishing 11,610 trillion Imperial Credits a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Automobile Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Uranium Mining, Arms Manufacturing, and Information Technology. Average income is an amazing 312,862 Imperial Credits, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 2,321,193 per year while the poor average 12,541, a ratio of 185 to 1.

Chalkboards are replaced with billboards in the classroom, the government spends millions of Imperial Credits every year prosecuting spammers, the government is seen as openly hostile to all religion, and the national sporting identity is represented by a talking burger and a singing smartphone. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force. Steel Butterfly's national animal is the Fenrir Wolf, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

Steel Butterfly is ranked 167,571st in the world and 1st in Orion Sector for Nudest, with 80 Cheeks Per Square Mile.

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Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 71stLargest Mining Sector: 269thHighest Economic Output: 296thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 352ndLargest Populations: 487thLargest Agricultural Sector: 521stHighest Disposable Incomes: 590thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 696thMost Efficient Economies: 819thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 949thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 1,078thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1,176thSafest: 1,181stLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1,577thRudest Citizens: 1,670thHighest Average Incomes: 1,725thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1,797thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1,800thMost Avoided: 1,914thTop
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Lowest Crime Rates: 2,255thLargest Insurance Industry: 2,478thLargest Gambling Industry: 3,110thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 3,647thLargest Publishing Industry: 3,670thSmartest Citizens: 4,726thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 4,750thHealthiest Citizens: 5,251stLongest Average Lifespans: 5,881stMost Developed: 6,360thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 6,605thMost Scientifically Advanced: 7,145thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 8,344thMost Subsidized Industry: 8,506thLargest Governments: 9,047thTop
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Largest Information Technology Sector: 11,077thLargest Retail Industry: 12,110thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 15,640thMost Influential: 15,933rdMost Secular: 17,365thMost Pro-Market: 20,323rd

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