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The Strength of The United Universe

“Black Lives Matter!”

Category: Moralistic Democracy
Civil Rights:
Some
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Below Average

Regional Influence: Apprentice

Location: Shinka

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The United Universe

Population4.431 billion

CapitalDefender City
LeaderBenica
FaithDefenderism

CurrencyPaper Lion
AnimalLion

The Strength of The United Universe is a massive, efficient nation, ruled by Benica with an even hand, and renowned for its aversion to nipples, compulsory military service, and free-roaming dinosaurs. The hard-nosed, humorless, devout population of 4.431 billion Defenders are highly moralistic and fiercely conservative, in the sense that they tend to believe most things should be outlawed. People who have good jobs and work quietly at them are lauded; others are viewed with suspicion.

The large, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Defender City. The average income tax rate is 63.7%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Defender economy, worth 546 trillion Paper Lions a year, is led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Retail, Woodchip Exports, and Soda Sales. Black market activity is rampant. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 123,281 Paper Lions, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 3.0 times as much as the poorest.

The Ministry of Health has reported a sharp increase in the incidence of delayed menopause, litter collection has replaced fast food as the most popular after-school job, the sun now sets on the Defender Empire, and one does not simply walk into the tundra. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force. The United Universe's national animal is the Lion, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is Defenderism.

The United Universe is ranked 185,784th in the world and 141st in Shinka for Lowest Overall Tax Burden, scoring -17.28 on the Hayek Index.

Top
1%
Most Ignorant Citizens: 1,730thTop
5%
Largest Retail Industry: 2,307thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 3,398thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 4,709thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 5,010thMost Primitive: 5,263rdNudest: 5,528thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 5,855thLargest Black Market: 6,002ndMost Devout: 7,181stLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 7,228thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 8,291stMost Avoided: 9,293rdTop
10%
Largest Manufacturing Sector: 11,164thMost Corrupt Governments: 11,872ndLargest Soda Pop Sector: 12,710thLargest Insurance Industry: 14,022ndMost Subsidized Industry: 14,410thMost Rebellious Youth: 18,388thMost Valuable International Artwork: 18,707thHighest Average Incomes: 21,371st
Top
1%
Highest Unexpected Death Rate: 1st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 1st in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 1st in the regionTop
5%
Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 3rd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 3rd in the regionLargest Black Market: 3rd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 3rd in the regionMost Devout: 4th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 4th in the regionNudest: 4th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 4th in the regionMost Avoided: 5th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 6th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 6th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 7th in the regionRudest Citizens: 7th in the regionMost Primitive: 8th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 8th in the regionTop
10%
Most Subsidized Industry: 9th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 9th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 10th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 12th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 13th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 16th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 16th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in The United Universe, one does not simply walk into the tundra.
  • : Following new legislation in The United Universe, the sun now sets on the Defender Empire.
  • : Following new legislation in The United Universe, litter collection has replaced fast food as the most popular after-school job.
  • : Following new legislation in The United Universe, the Ministry of Health has reported a sharp increase in the incidence of delayed menopause.
  • : Following new legislation in The United Universe, Maths Professor Barbie is the most popular toy for boys and girls alike.
  • : The United Universe's influence in Shinka rose from "Squire" to "Apprentice".
  • : The United Universe's influence in Shinka fell from "Apprentice" to "Squire".
  • : The United Universe's influence in Shinka rose from "Squire" to "Apprentice".
  • : The United Universe's influence in Shinka fell from "Apprentice" to "Squire".
  • : Following new legislation in The United Universe, refugees from other nations are flocking to The United Universe's border.

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