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The Allied States of The Expanse

“Carpe Nihil, Mereo Omnia”

Category: Corporate Bordello
Civil Rights:
Very Good
Economy:
Thriving
Political Freedoms:
Superb

Regional Influence: Sprat

Location: the South Pacific

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The Expanse

Population790 million

CapitalA Locale

CurrencyPapers
AnimalMongoose

The Allied States of The Expanse is a huge, socially progressive nation, renowned for its frequent executions, strictly enforced bedtime, and spontaneously combusting cars. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, devout population of 790 million Expanseans are effectively ruled by a group of massive corporations, who run for political office and provide their well-off citizens with world-class goods and services. Their poorer citizens, however, are mostly starving to death while being urged to go out and get real jobs. The populace has reasonably extensive civil rights, although these are mostly aimed at allowing them to buy whatever they like.

The tiny, pro-business, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Spirituality, Defense, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of A Locale. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 5.9%.

The thriving Expansean economy, worth 59.7 trillion Papers a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Gambling, Furniture Restoration, and Beef-Based Agriculture. Average income is 75,537 Papers, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 379,011 per year while the poor average 8,434, a ratio of 44.9 to 1.

Mystics are claiming that a simultaneous rise in scepticism and education budgets is correlation rather than causation, the comic book series 'Leader and the Villainous Corporate Cronies' is a best-seller, new government leaflets tell coeliac children to eat more crisps, and explicit slash fiction is repackaged for kindergarten kids as stories about friends cuddling friends. Crime is a problem, probably because of the absence of a police force. The Expanse's national animal is the Mongoose, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

The Expanse is ranked 9,252nd in the world and 283rd in the South Pacific for Largest Furniture Restoration Industry, scoring 6,015.56 on the Spitz-Pollish Productivity Index.

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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 3,221stLargest Gambling Industry: 4,777thTop
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Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 8,225thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 8,666thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 9,252ndMost Influential: 10,066thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 10,916thMost Armed: 11,874thMost Primitive: 13,074thHighest Disposable Incomes: 13,483rdMost Pro-Market: 14,335thMost Devout: 14,657thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 15,273rd
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Largest Gambling Industry: 119th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 188th in the regionMost Armed: 251st in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 283rd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 284th in the regionTop
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Largest Manufacturing Sector: 377th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 382nd in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 389th in the regionFattest Citizens: 427th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 474th in the regionMost Devout: 500th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 567th in the regionRudest Citizens: 587th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 589th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 602nd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 603rd in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 605th in the regionMost Primitive: 629th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : The Expanse was endorsed by The Federal Republic of West Carlisten.
  • : Following new legislation in The Expanse, explicit slash fiction is repackaged for kindergarten kids as stories about friends cuddling friends.
  • : Following new legislation in The Expanse, new government leaflets tell coeliac children to eat more crisps.
  • : Following new legislation in The Expanse, the comic book series 'Leader and the Villainous Corporate Cronies' is a best-seller.
  • : The Expanse voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Ban on Forced Sterilisation".
  • : Following new legislation in The Expanse, mystics are claiming that a simultaneous rise in scepticism and education budgets is correlation rather than causation.
  • : Following new legislation in The Expanse, heavy industry must go to expensive lengths to dispose of waste.
  • : Following new legislation in The Expanse, disability advocates are not amused that they are told to be dependent on Expanseans's kindness.
  • : The Expanse endorsed The Constitutional Monarchy of Gecetesse.
  • : The Expanse endorsed The Federal Republic of Marinho Islands.

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