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Largest Insurance Industry: 3,062ndMost Scientifically Advanced: 4,275thLargest Information Technology Sector: 4,460th
The Menagerie of
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No vessel under any condition, is to visit Talos IV
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Talos IV

Population3.542 billion

CapitalMenagerie
LeaderThe Keeper
FaithPsi Powers

Currencyunkown
Animalspecimans

The Menagerie of Talos IV is a massive, efficient nation, ruled by The Keeper with a fair hand, and renowned for its museums and concert halls, daily referendums, and absence of drug laws. The hard-nosed, democratic population of 3.542 billion Talosians hold their civil and political rights very dear, although the wealthy and those in business tend to be viewed with suspicion.

The relatively small, outspoken government prioritizes Education, although Administration and Industry are also considered important, while Spirituality and Law & Order aren't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Menagerie. The average income tax rate is 42.7%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Talos IVian economy, worth 487 trillion unkowns a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is a slick, highly efficient, broadly diversified black market in Information Technology, Book Publishing, Door-to-door Insurance Sales, and Basket Weaving. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is an impressive 137,660 unkowns, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.9 times as much as the poorest.

Citizens may cast their vote over the internet or phone, civil servants are no longer allowed to cross their t's, the Menagerie Film Festival recently voted 'Talosian Getting Hit By Football' as best film, and funny-looking kids are stood at the front of the classroom for everybody to point and laugh at. Crime is totally unknown. Talos IV's national animal is the specimans, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is Psi Powers.

Talos IV is ranked 82,522nd in the world and 32nd in Federation of Martian Colonies for Highest Foreign Aid Spending, scoring 243.94 on the Clooney Contribution Index.

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Largest Insurance Industry: 3,062ndMost Scientifically Advanced: 4,275thLargest Information Technology Sector: 4,460thLargest Publishing Industry: 4,690thSmartest Citizens: 5,545thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 6,019thMost Advanced Public Education: 8,869thMost Secular: 9,644thHighest Disposable Incomes: 10,936thTop
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Most Developed: 11,746thMost Rebellious Youth: 12,470thLargest Black Market: 12,918thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 13,084thHighest Average Incomes: 16,730thHighest Poor Incomes: 17,847thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 18,670thMost Efficient Economies: 22,182nd
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Largest Insurance Industry: 1st in the regionTop
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Largest Publishing Industry: 3rd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 3rd in the regionMost Secular: 3rd in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 4th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 4th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 5th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 5th in the regionMost Politically Free: 5th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 5th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 5th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Talos IV was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Efficient Economies.
  • : Following new legislation in Talos IV, funny-looking kids are stood at the front of the classroom for everybody to point and laugh at.
  • : Following new legislation in Talos IV, the Menagerie Film Festival recently voted 'Talosian Getting Hit By Football' as best film.
  • : Following new legislation in Talos IV, civil servants are no longer allowed to cross their t's.
  • : Following new legislation in Talos IV, citizens may cast their vote over the internet or phone.
  • : Following new legislation in Talos IV, the government is spending millions on 'trust campaigns' in an effort to win back the public's support.
  • : Following new legislation in Talos IV, taxpayers receive expenditure reports from the Grand High Poobah of the Order of Violet.
  • : Talos IV was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Highest Workforce Participation Rate.
  • : Following new legislation in Talos IV, the "Underwear of Women in Power" issue of The Menagerie Times is sold out.
  • : Talos IV was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Highest Disposable Incomes and Largest Basket Weaving Sector.

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