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Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 2,212thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 2,340thHighest Disposable Incomes: 7,923rd
The Grand Duchy of
Compulsory Consumerist State
Efficiency is the Precursor to Success
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Rho Ophiuchi

Population32 million


The Grand Duchy of Rho Ophiuchi is a small, efficient nation, renowned for its ubiquitous missile silos, keen interest in outer space, and sprawling nuclear power plants. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical population of 32 million Rho Ophiuchians are rabid consumers, partly through choice and partly because the government tells them to and dissenters tend to vanish from their homes at night.

The minute, pro-business, well-organized government, or what there is of one, prioritizes Industry, although Education and Defense are also considered important, while International Aid and Spirituality aren't funded at all. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 3.6%.

The all-consuming Rho Ophiuchian economy, worth 2.96 trillion 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 Information Technology, Retail, and Woodchip Exports. Average income is 92,631 Credits, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 300,462 per year while the poor average 21,544, a ratio of 13.9 to 1.

The government regularly reassures citizens that there are no monsters under their beds, industry tycoons rarely hide their misdeeds due to the government's habit of bailing them out, parents must decide between buying food and taking their children to the park, and lonely people are supposed to be cheered up by the many parties that they are never invited to. Crime is a serious problem, with the police force struggling against a lack of funding and a high mortality rate. Rho Ophiuchi's national animal is the Rotifer, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

Rho Ophiuchi is ranked 33,012th in the world and 824th in the Pacific for Largest Cheese Export Sector, scoring 4,230.85 on the Mozzarella Productivity Index.

Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 2,212thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 2,340thTop
Highest Disposable Incomes: 7,923rdFattest Citizens: 9,511thLargest Insurance Industry: 11,963rdTop
Most Avoided: 13,582ndLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 13,938thLargest Agricultural Sector: 14,320thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 15,975thHighest Crime Rates: 20,464thLargest Retail Industry: 21,175thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 21,439thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 22,109th
Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 18th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 35th in the regionTop
Highest Disposable Incomes: 162nd in the regionFattest Citizens: 214th in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 235th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 252nd in the regionMost Avoided: 280th in the regionTop
Largest Agricultural Sector: 331st in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 348th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 421st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 444th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 463rd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 470th in the regionMost Armed: 476th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 500th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 513th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 521st in the region

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