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Largest Soda Pop Sector: 6thMost Armed: 13thHighest Crime Rates: 16th
The Ur-Quan Masters of
Compulsory Consumerist State Aspirational Worker State
Hold what you do is wrong! Why do you do this thing?
Civil Rights
Very Good
Political Freedom

Overview Policies People Government Economy Rank Trend Cards


Population37.513 billion

CapitalDelta Crateris V
LeaderLord 353
FaithPath of Now and Forever


The Ur-Quan Masters of Hesperonis is a gargantuan, orderly nation, ruled by Lord 353 with an iron fist, and remarkable for its museums and concert halls, complete lack of prisons, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, cheerful population of 37.513 billion Ur-Quans 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, corrupt, pro-business government, or what there is of one, is solely concerned with Defense. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Delta Crateris V. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Hesperonisian economy, worth an astonishing 22,763 trillion Sa-Matras a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Soda Sales industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Retail, and Gambling. Average income is a breathtaking 606,821 Sa-Matras, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 2,858,899 per year while the poor average 76,481, a ratio of 37.4 to 1.

The latest Harry Potter book is a bestseller, citizens are encouraged to show displeasure with politicians by poking them with sharp metal sticks, self-driving cars have been banned, and it is illegal to distribute Girl Guide Cookies without an advanced food hygiene diploma. Crime, especially youth-related, is so common that it is unusual to encounter someone following the law, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. Hesperonis's national animal is the Dnyarri, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Path of Now and Forever.

Hesperonis is ranked 13th in the world and 1st in Lazarus for Most Armed, with 128.4 Weapons Per Person.

Largest Soda Pop Sector: 6thMost Armed: 13thHighest Crime Rates: 16thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 18thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 22ndFattest Citizens: 24thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 24thMost Rebellious Youth: 30thLargest Gambling Industry: 46thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 49thHighest Disposable Incomes: 53rdMost Avoided: 56thHighest Economic Output: 56thLargest Retail Industry: 61stRudest Citizens: 108thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 131stHighest Average Incomes: 140thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 202ndHighest Wealthy Incomes: 231stLargest Mining Sector: 236thLargest Publishing Industry: 255thMost Efficient Economies: 274thLargest Insurance Industry: 302ndMost Scientifically Advanced: 324thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 333rdLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 370thLargest Agricultural Sector: 434thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 495thSmartest Citizens: 665thLargest Populations: 679thMost Cultured: 701stMost Stationary: 915thLargest Information Technology Sector: 1,148thMost Valuable International Artwork: 1,242ndMost Cheerful Citizens: 2,206thTop
Largest Manufacturing Sector: 2,706thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 3,503rdMost Corrupt Governments: 4,469thLargest Black Market: 7,058thMost Secular: 9,161stMost Influential: 11,987thTop
Highest Poor Incomes: 19,872ndMost World Assembly Endorsements: 20,354thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 22,010th
Highest Unexpected Death Rate: 1st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the regionFattest Citizens: 1st in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1st in the regionMost Avoided: 1st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 1st in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 1st in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionMost Armed: 1st in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 2nd in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 2nd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 2nd in the regionRudest Citizens: 3rd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 6th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 7th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 8th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 8th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 8th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 8th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 9th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 10th in the regionLargest Populations: 12th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 15th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 16th in the regionMost Stationary: 17th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 17th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 20th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 21st in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 21st in the regionMost Cultured: 31st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 38th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 39th in the regionTop
Most Cheerful Citizens: 101st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 132nd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 187th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 230th in the regionMost Influential: 255th in the regionLargest Black Market: 372nd in the regionTop
Most Secular: 445th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 464th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 632nd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 641st in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Hesperonis, it is illegal to distribute Girl Guide Cookies without an advanced food hygiene diploma.
  • : Following new legislation in Hesperonis, self-driving cars have been banned.
  • : Following new legislation in Hesperonis, citizens are encouraged to show displeasure with politicians by poking them with sharp metal sticks.
  • : Following new legislation in Hesperonis, the latest Harry Potter book is a bestseller.
  • : Following new legislation in Hesperonis, 'A is for Annulment' is a popular children's song.
  • : Following new legislation in Hesperonis, social media sites go into shutdown for days at a time to censor user content.
  • : Following new legislation in Hesperonis, children as young as twelve are conscripted into the armed forces.
  • : Following new legislation in Hesperonis, nature magazines featuring stick insects on their covers are sometimes mistaken for fashion magazines.
  • : Following new legislation in Hesperonis, city sidewalks are crowded with overweight people.
  • : Following new legislation in Hesperonis, most people suffer from some form of hearing loss.


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