“Meet the new boss. Same as the old boss.”
Regional Influence: Minnow
Location: European Union
The Hipster Republic of Rhine Ruhr is a colossal, efficient nation, ruled by President Jeffery with a fair hand, and notable for its barren, inhospitable landscape, complete lack of public education, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, devout population of 8.259 billion Rhine Ruhrians live in a state of perpetual fear, as a complete breakdown of social order has led to the rise of order through biker gangs.
The minute, liberal, pro-business, outspoken government, or what there is of one, is solely concerned with Defense. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Düsseldorf. Income tax is unheard of.
The frighteningly efficient Rhine Ruhrian economy, worth a remarkable 1,212 trillion Rhinian guilders a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Book Publishing industry, with significant contributions from Soda Sales, Arms Manufacturing, and Woodchip Exports. Average income is an impressive 146,841 Rhinian guilders, but there is an enormous disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 909,599 per year while the poor average 10,227, a ratio of 88.9 to 1.
Employers may fire workers without giving any reason, corporations donate huge sums of money to favored politicians, small businesses are gobbled up almost daily by corporate giants, and the richest citizens live in sheltered private citadels. Crime, especially youth-related, is all-pervasive, probably because of the absence of a police force. Rhine Ruhr's national animal is the Bulbasaur, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.
Most Recent Government Activity: 45 days ago
- 13 hours ago: Rhine Ruhr was ranked in the Top 10% of the region for Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector.
- 4 days ago: Rhine Ruhr was ranked in the Top 10% of the region for Largest Pizza Delivery Sector.
- 16 days ago: Rhine Ruhr was ranked in the Top 10% of the region for Most Politically Apathetic Citizens.
- 18 days ago: Rhine Ruhr was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Populations.
- 76 days ago: Rhine Ruhr fell out of the regional Top 10% for Largest Pizza Delivery Sector.
- 85 days ago: Rhine Ruhr fell out of the regional Top 10% for Largest Mining Sector.
- 86 days ago: Rhine Ruhr fell out of the regional Top 10% for Largest Soda Pop Sector.
- 87 days ago: Rhine Ruhr was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Armed (last census: Top 1%).
- 90 days ago: Rhine Ruhr was struck by a Cure Missile from The Microstate of Inquista, curing 43 million infected.
- 90 days ago: Rhine Ruhr was struck by a Cure Missile from The Microstate of Inquista, curing 28 million infected.