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Most Scientifically Advanced: 1,774thHighest Poor Incomes: 2,833rdMost Advanced Public Transport: 2,893rd
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The Great Expanses

Population10.04 billion

CapitalMoscow
LeaderGeneral Secretary Yuri Andropov
FaithState Atheism

CurrencySoviet Ruble
AnimalEurasian Brown Bear

The Sovetskiy Soyuz of The Great Expanses is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by General Secretary Yuri Andropov with a fair hand, and renowned for its avant-garde cinema, free-roaming dinosaurs, and compulsory military service. The hard-nosed, democratic, humorless population of 10.04 billion Soviets love a good election, and the government gives them plenty of them. Universities tend to be full of students debating the merits of various civil and political rights, while businesses are tightly regulated and the wealthy viewed with suspicion.

The large, socially-minded government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Education, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Moscow. The average income tax rate is 97.4%.

The frighteningly efficient Soviet economy, worth a remarkable 2,067 trillion Soviet Rubles a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector is led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Tourism, Arms Manufacturing, and Book Publishing. Average income is an amazing 205,904 Soviet Rubles, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Wilderness-dwelling hermits are surprised to find railway stations on their front doorsteps, hundreds of subterranean tunnels are being built as part of "Project Morlock", on-duty Air The Great Expanses flight attendants are usually seen napping in first class, and military officers are given medals for disobeying orders. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. The Great Expanses's national animal is the Eurasian Brown Bear, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is State Atheism.

The Great Expanses is ranked 184,410th in the world and 6th in Greater Middle East Cold War for Largest Mining Sector, scoring -4 on the Blue Sky Asbestos Index.

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Most Scientifically Advanced: 1,774thTop
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Highest Poor Incomes: 2,833rdMost Advanced Public Transport: 2,893rdHighest Average Tax Rates: 2,933rdLargest Governments: 2,984thLargest Information Technology Sector: 3,194thMost Cultured: 3,259thMost Developed: 3,327thSafest: 3,364thSmartest Citizens: 3,835thLowest Crime Rates: 3,940thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 4,076thMost Valuable International Artwork: 4,115thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 4,325thMost Inclusive: 4,419thLongest Average Lifespans: 4,965thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 4,983rdMost Efficient Economies: 5,241stMost Advanced Public Education: 5,402ndHighest Average Incomes: 6,107thLargest Welfare Programs: 6,301stLargest Publishing Industry: 6,604thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 6,861stHealthiest Citizens: 7,171stHighest Economic Output: 7,968thMost Subsidized Industry: 8,399thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 9,474thMost Beautiful Environments: 11,300thTop
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Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 12,491stHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 13,142ndLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 13,297thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 16,671stMost Secular: 17,230th

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