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The Great Desert of
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Our blood in the sand, Our souls in the desert
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Sigma Octavus

Population37.605 billion

CapitalThresh
LeaderThe Archon
Faithnonexistent

CurrencySig
AnimalSand Diver

The Great Desert of Sigma Octavus is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by The Archon with an iron fist, and notable for its parental licensing program, anti-smoking policies, and devotion to social welfare. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 37.605 billion Sigmans are kept under strict control by the oppressive government, which measures its success by the nation's GDP and refers to individual citizens as "human resources."

The large, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Law & Order, Defense, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Thresh. The income tax rate is 100%.

The all-consuming Sigman economy, worth an astonishing 16,620 trillion Sigs a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Uranium Mining industry, with major contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Automobile Manufacturing, and Book Publishing. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an amazing 441,982 Sigs, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.2 times as much as the poorest.

Official Sermon-Free Zones are set-up around the nation's hotels, when you fly on Air Sigma Octavus you win a seat or you die, an increasing number of citizens believe the world is flat, and hordes of gardening enthusiasts are being banished from cities nationwide. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Sigma Octavus's national animal is the Sand Diver, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is nonexistent.

Sigma Octavus is ranked 21st in the world and 1st in The Vast for Lowest Crime Rates, with 321.71 Law-abiding Acts Per Hour.

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Safest: 11thLowest Crime Rates: 21stMost Advanced Public Transport: 57thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 64thLargest Governments: 82ndSmartest Citizens: 108thHighest Economic Output: 119thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 134thHighest Average Tax Rates: 137thLargest Mining Sector: 163rdLargest Populations: 173rdHealthiest Citizens: 200thLargest Agricultural Sector: 244thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 245thLongest Average Lifespans: 245thHighest Poor Incomes: 349thHighest Average Incomes: 483rdLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 569thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 616thMost Secular: 642ndMost Advanced Public Education: 675thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 733rdMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 974thLargest Publishing Industry: 1,996thTop
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Largest Furniture Restoration Industry: 2,104thMost Avoided: 2,424thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2,490thMost Scientifically Advanced: 2,824thMost Inclusive: 2,938thMost Corrupt Governments: 3,323rdHighest Wealthy Incomes: 4,640thMost Subsidized Industry: 6,182ndMost Stationary: 6,259thMost Developed: 6,501stMost Influential: 6,988thRudest Citizens: 7,275thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 8,187thTop
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Largest Information Technology Sector: 19,407th
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Highest Average Tax Rates: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 1st in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1st in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 1st in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionMost Influential: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 1st in the regionLargest Governments: 1st in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 1st in the regionSafest: 1st in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 1st in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Sigma Octavus's influence in The Vast rose from "Powerbroker" to "Power".
  • : Following new legislation in Sigma Octavus, hordes of gardening enthusiasts are being banished from cities nationwide.
  • : Following new legislation in Sigma Octavus, an increasing number of citizens believe the world is flat.
  • : Following new legislation in Sigma Octavus, when you fly on Air Sigma Octavus you win a seat or you die.
  • : Following new legislation in Sigma Octavus, official Sermon-Free Zones are set-up around the nation's hotels.
  • : Following new legislation in Sigma Octavus, residents of new housing subdivisions complain about the total absence of supermarkets and restaurants.
  • : Following new legislation in Sigma Octavus, medical experts advise that those claiming to be medical experts are probably fraudsters.
  • : Following new legislation in Sigma Octavus, it is often said that only The Archon could bring down Dàguó.
  • : Sigma Octavus lodged a message on the The Vast Regional Message Board.
  • : Sigma Octavus was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Avoided.

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