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The Disembodied Heads of Thasus IV

“Everything is as it was”

Category: Democratic Socialists
Civil Rights:
Some
Economy:
Developing
Political Freedoms:
Few

Regional Influence: Vassal

Location: United Earth Space Probe Agency

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Thasus IV

Population2.501 billion

CapitalA Translucent Insubstantial Metropolis
LeaderA Non-Corporeal Green Head
FaithTranscendentalism

CurrencyFederation Credit
AnimalPsychokinetic Human

The Disembodied Heads of Thasus IV is a massive, safe nation, ruled by A Non-Corporeal Green Head with an even hand, and remarkable for its teetotalling pirates, fear of technology, and hatred of cheese. The compassionate, cynical, humorless population of 2.501 billion Thasians are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

It is difficult to tell where the omnipresent, socially-minded government stops and the rest of society begins, but it juggles the competing demands of Administration, Education, and Welfare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of A Translucent Insubstantial Metropolis. The average income tax rate is 88.1%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The sizeable but underdeveloped Thasian economy, worth 88.5 trillion Federation Credits a year, is driven almost entirely by government activity, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector is solely comprised of the Basket Weaving industry. State-owned companies are the norm. Average income is 35,387 Federation Credits, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

One of the most popular models in Thasus IV has a scarred face and one working eye, the nationalised Arms Manufacturing Industry is not interested in making weapons, the consent form for routine blood pressure measurement has been nominated for the 'Novel Of The Year' award, and women tell their friends they've been on crash diets rather than admit they were pregnant and have had terminations. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Thasus IV's national animal is the Psychokinetic Human, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Transcendentalism.

Thasus IV is ranked 221,418th in the world and 200th in United Earth Space Probe Agency for Largest Soda Pop Sector, scoring -20.24 on the Addison-Fukk Productivity Rating.

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Most Primitive: 1,339thTop
5%
Most Pacifist: 6,027thSafest: 6,900thMost Valuable International Artwork: 7,452ndHighest Average Tax Rates: 9,655thTop
10%
Largest Welfare Programs: 11,882ndBest Weather: 12,609thHealthiest Citizens: 14,923rdMost Secular: 16,270thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 16,463rdMost Compassionate Citizens: 16,670thMost Beautiful Environments: 18,652ndLowest Crime Rates: 18,971stMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 19,810thLongest Average Lifespans: 20,561stMost Advanced Public Transport: 20,638thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 21,113th
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Healthiest Citizens: 1st in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 1st in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 2nd in the regionLargest Governments: 2nd in the regionTop
5%
Largest Populations: 3rd in the regionBest Weather: 3rd in the regionSafest: 4th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 4th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 4th in the regionMost Pacifist: 4th in the regionMost Primitive: 4th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 4th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 5th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 5th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 5th in the regionMost Stationary: 5th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 7th in the regionMost Influential: 8th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 9th in the regionTop
10%
Most Advanced Public Education: 12th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 13th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 13th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 14th in the regionMost Inclusive: 15th in the regionMost Secular: 20th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Thasus IV was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Extensive Public Healthcare.
  • : Following new legislation in Thasus IV, women tell their friends they've been on crash diets rather than admit they were pregnant and have had terminations.
  • : Following new legislation in Thasus IV, the consent form for routine blood pressure measurement has been nominated for the 'Novel Of The Year' award.
  • : Following new legislation in Thasus IV, the nationalised Arms Manufacturing Industry is not interested in making weapons.
  • : Following new legislation in Thasus IV, one of the most popular models in Thasus IV has a scarred face and one working eye.
  • : Following new legislation in Thasus IV, every citizen must submit to DNA testing to be eliminated from police inquiries.
  • : Thasus IV's influence in United Earth Space Probe Agency fell from "Truckler" to "Vassal".
  • : Thasus IV was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Valuable International Artwork.
  • : Thasus IV was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Longest Average Lifespans.
  • : Thasus IV was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Longest Average Lifespans.

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