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Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 3,798th Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 5,726th Most Subsidized Industry: 6,331st
The Glorious Empire of
Mother Knows Best State Suspiciously Conservative Democracy
Empress Miyuki Akamine
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Horizon 22

Population2.404 billion

LeaderEmpress Miyuki Akamine


The Glorious Empire of Horizon 22 is a massive, safe nation, ruled by Empress Miyuki Akamine with an iron fist, and notable for its rum-swilling pirates, pith helmet sales, and free-roaming dinosaurs. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical population of 2.404 billion Horizonians are ruled by a mostly-benevolent dictator, who grants the populace the freedom to live their own lives but watches carefully for anyone to slip up.

The medium-sized, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Industry, Education, and Law & Order. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Tokyo. The average income tax rate is 73.2%.

The frighteningly efficient Horizonian economy, worth 342 trillion Yen a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Book Publishing, and Retail. Average income is an impressive 142,527 Yen, with the richest citizens earning 5.1 times as much as the poorest.

Executions are marked by quiet dignity and maybe a final round or two of whist, emojis are the soul of wit, hordes of tourists are ruining the environment, and factories grind to a halt every time there is an election. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Horizon 22's national animal is the Crane, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is Shintoism.

Horizon 22 is ranked 27,241st in the world and 9th in The Hope Federation for Largest Welfare Programs, scoring 2,536.82 on the Safety Net Mesh Density Rating.

Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 3,798thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 5,726thMost Subsidized Industry: 6,331stMost Efficient Economies: 7,366thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 7,659thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 7,808thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 7,960thTop
Largest Furniture Restoration Industry: 8,462ndMost Advanced Public Transport: 9,184thMost Scientifically Advanced: 10,309thMost Corrupt Governments: 10,667thLargest Retail Industry: 10,961stLowest Crime Rates: 11,166thLargest Publishing Industry: 11,744thHighest Average Incomes: 14,194thMost Developed: 14,213thLargest Governments: 14,369thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 14,969thSmartest Citizens: 15,014thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 15,908th
Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 2nd in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 2nd in the regionTop
Most Advanced Public Transport: 4th in the region

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