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

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Hesperonis

Population37.52 billion

CapitalDelta Crateris V
LeaderLord 353
FaithPath of Now and Forever

CurrencySa-Matra
AnimalDnyarri

The Ur-Quan Masters of Hesperonis is a gargantuan, socially progressive nation, ruled by Lord 353 with an iron fist, and renowned for its ubiquitous missile silos, public floggings, and complete lack of public education. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, cheerful population of 37.52 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 22,769 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 606,854 Sa-Matras, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 2,949,047 per year while the poor average 72,124, a ratio of 40.9 to 1.

Commercial jingles have been ham-handedly forced into world renowned symphonies, paralegals spend all day Hewlett-Packing attorneys' law briefs, employees are told they can avoid traffic jams by starting work at 4 AM, and urban graffiti is hand-calligraphed in perfectly kerned elegant fonts. 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 498th in the world and 20th in Lazarus for Most Politically Apathetic Citizens, with 79.53 Whatever.

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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: 53rdHighest Economic Output: 56thMost Avoided: 57thLargest Retail Industry: 61stRudest Citizens: 107thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 131stHighest Average Incomes: 140thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 203rdHighest Wealthy Incomes: 211thLargest Mining Sector: 235thLargest Publishing Industry: 254thMost Efficient Economies: 274thLargest Insurance Industry: 303rdMost Scientifically Advanced: 324thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 332ndLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 371stLargest Agricultural Sector: 435thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 498thSmartest Citizens: 664thLargest Populations: 679thMost Cultured: 694thMost Stationary: 914thLargest Information Technology Sector: 1,144thMost Valuable International Artwork: 1,247thMost Cheerful Citizens: 2,207thTop
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Largest Manufacturing Sector: 2,710thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 3,504thMost Corrupt Governments: 4,469thLargest Black Market: 7,050thMost Secular: 9,166thMost Influential: 11,983rdTop
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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 20,376thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 21,566thHighest Poor Incomes: 21,952nd
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Largest Retail Industry: 1st in the regionFattest Citizens: 1st in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 1st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1st in the regionMost Avoided: 1st in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1st in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionMost Armed: 1st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 1st in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 2nd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 2nd in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 2nd in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 2nd in the regionRudest Citizens: 3rd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 6th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 7th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 7th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 8th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 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 regionLargest Insurance Industry: 17th in the regionMost Stationary: 17th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 20th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 21st in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 21st in the regionMost Cultured: 30th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 37th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 39th in the regionTop
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Most Cheerful Citizens: 100th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 132nd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 186th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 229th in the regionMost Influential: 255th in the regionLargest Black Market: 373rd in the regionTop
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Most Secular: 442nd in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 443rd in the regionMost Pro-Market: 621st in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 639th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Hesperonis, urban graffiti is hand-calligraphed in perfectly kerned elegant fonts.
  • : Following new legislation in Hesperonis, employees are told they can avoid traffic jams by starting work at 4 AM.
  • : Following new legislation in Hesperonis, paralegals spend all day Hewlett-Packing attorneys' law briefs.
  • : Following new legislation in Hesperonis, commercial jingles have been ham-handedly forced into world renowned symphonies.
  • : Following new legislation in Hesperonis, environmentalists are advocating slash-and-burn in the nation's forests.
  • : 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.

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