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Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 2,186thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 2,354thHighest Crime Rates: 7,193rd
The Grand Duchy of
Compulsory Consumerist State Aspirational Worker State
Efficiency is the Precursor to Success
Civil Rights
Very Good
Political Freedom

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Rho Ophiuchi

Population18 million


The Grand Duchy of Rho Ophiuchi is a tiny, efficient nation, renowned for its ubiquitous missile silos, keen interest in outer space, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical population of 18 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, juggles the competing demands of Industry, Defense, and Education. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 3.5%.

The powerhouse Rho Ophiuchian economy, worth 1.61 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 Beef-Based Agriculture. Average income is 89,211 Credits, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 292,562 per year while the poor average 20,416, a ratio of 14.3 to 1.

No animal is considered endangered if there's another that looks kind of like it, international terrorists often get their weapons supply in Rho Ophiuchi, elections have been outlawed, and populations of two-headed Rotifers have been found around recently-uncovered archaeological sites. Crime is a major 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 89,792nd in the world and 2,595th in the Pacific for Largest Trout Fishing Sector, scoring 2,097.48 on the Nemo Depletion Efficiency Index.

Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 2,186thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 2,354thTop
Highest Crime Rates: 7,193rdFattest Citizens: 7,997thHighest Disposable Incomes: 8,657thTop
Most Avoided: 12,623rdLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 13,124thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 13,467thLargest Insurance Industry: 13,532ndLargest Soda Pop Sector: 16,898thLargest Agricultural Sector: 18,297thLargest Retail Industry: 19,119thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 23,627th
Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 19th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 33rd in the regionTop
Highest Crime Rates: 166th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 174th in the regionFattest Citizens: 184th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 252nd in the regionMost Avoided: 256th in the regionTop
Largest Soda Pop Sector: 316th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 390th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 401st in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 431st in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 431st in the regionMost Armed: 437th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 481st in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 486th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 489th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 508th in the region

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