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Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 2,245thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 2,406thHighest Disposable Incomes: 7,932nd
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Rho Ophiuchi

Population40 million


The Grand Duchy of Rho Ophiuchi is a small, orderly nation, notable for its irreverence towards religion, suspicion of poets, and spontaneously combusting cars. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical population of 40 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, prioritizes Industry, although Education, Defense, and Healthcare are also considered important, while International Aid and Welfare are ignored. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 3.7%.

The all-consuming Rho Ophiuchian economy, worth 3.72 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 Woodchip Exports. Average income is 92,923 Credits, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 303,617 per year while the poor average 21,381, a ratio of 14.2 to 1.

Excessive wheelchair ramps on government buildings have been compared to theme park attractions, the government has completely eliminated all childcare programs, even religious militants can be swayed by the power of #love, and stockbrokers dream of getting rich by writing textbooks. Crime is a serious 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 35,995th in the world and 663rd in the Pacific for Greatest Rich-Poor Divides, with 14.2 Rich To Poor Income Ratio.

Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 2,245thTop
Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 2,406thHighest Disposable Incomes: 7,932ndFattest Citizens: 11,122ndTop
Largest Insurance Industry: 12,183rdMost Avoided: 13,396thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 14,127thLargest Agricultural Sector: 14,499thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 18,244thLargest Retail Industry: 19,748thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 20,972ndHighest Crime Rates: 21,474th
Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 18th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 36th in the regionTop
Highest Disposable Incomes: 164th in the regionFattest Citizens: 236th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 263rd in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 269th in the regionMost Avoided: 278th in the regionTop
Largest Agricultural Sector: 345th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 359th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 416th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 474th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 512th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 519th in the regionMost Armed: 544th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 571st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 586th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 590th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 616th in the region

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