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The Ascendency of The Union Empire

“Strength in Union”

Category: New York Times Democracy
Civil Rights:
Excellent
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Superb

Location: 10000 Islands

Regional Influence: Minnow

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The Ascendency of The Union Empire is a colossal, cultured nation, ruled by First Imperator Glorian Rahl with a fair hand, and notable for its barren, inhospitable landscape, irreverence towards religion, and spontaneously combusting cars. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic population of 5.521 billion Unionists enjoy a sensible mix of personal and economic freedoms, while the political process is open and the people's right to vote held sacrosanct.

The medium-sized, corrupt, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Industry, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Imryr. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 75.1%.

The frighteningly efficient Union Empirean economy, worth 782 trillion Taals a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Arms Manufacturing and Retail. Black market activity is notable. Average income is an impressive 141,699 Taals, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 510,576 per year while the poor average 28,120, a ratio of 18.2 to 1.

Celebrities sit helplessly as they are labeled "pompous womples" by First Imperator Glorian Rahl, rabbits are known to spontaneously explode without warning, the nation doesn't need to go to war in order to acquire new territory, and the Counter-Terrorism Unit has been nicknamed "Big Bad Wolf" for its tendency towards urban demolition. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. The Union Empire's national animal is the Lupus Aureum, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

The Union Empire is ranked 182,182nd in the world and 936th in 10000 Islands for Most Rebellious Youth, scoring -6 on the Stark-Dean Displacement Index.

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Rudest Citizens: 3,481stMost Secular: 4,919thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 6,746thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 8,319thMost Subsidized Industry: 9,371stMost Efficient Economies: 9,666thLargest Information Technology Sector: 9,900thMost Scientifically Advanced: 11,730thMost Developed: 12,825thTop
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Largest Retail Industry: 13,010thSmartest Citizens: 14,003rdMost Advanced Public Transport: 14,780thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 14,802ndLargest Welfare Programs: 15,025thMost Influential: 15,239thMost Patriotic: 15,364thLargest Governments: 16,946thHighest Average Incomes: 17,597thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 19,588thHighest Average Tax Rates: 21,099thLargest Black Market: 21,141stMost Valuable International Artwork: 22,219thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 22,614thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 24,219thMost Inclusive: 24,574thMost Advanced Public Education: 24,708thHighest Food Quality: 24,873rdMost Cultured: 25,661stHighest Drug Use: 25,709th
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Rudest Citizens: 66th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 67th in the regionTop
10%
Most Advanced Defense Forces: 82nd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 87th in the regionMost Secular: 88th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 112th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 120th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 124th in the regionLargest Black Market: 131st in the regionMost Patriotic: 143rd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 152nd in the region

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