The Free Republic of Rich Scholars is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Leader with an even hand, and remarkable for its parental licensing program, strictly enforced bedtime, and daily referendums. The hard-nosed, hard-working, humorless population of 26.863 billion Rich Scholarsians are either ruled by a sleek, efficient government or a conglomerate of multinational corporations; it's difficult to tell which.
The minute, pro-business government, or what there is of one, prioritizes Industry, although Education and Law & Order are also considered important, while Social Policy and Environment receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Rich Scholars City. Income tax is unheard of.
The frighteningly efficient Rich Scholarsian economy, worth a remarkable 9,997 trillion books a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Automobile Manufacturing, Book Publishing, and Uranium Mining. Average income is an amazing 372,178 books, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 3,319,836 per year while the poor average 5,554, a ratio of 597 to 1.
Pristine wilderness has been trashed in the quest for cheaper oil, shanty towns are forming in the suburbs of major cities, the country's famous rainforests are being bulldozed by the mining industry, and citizens who leave the country are officially classed as traitors. Crime is pervasive, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. Rich Scholars's national animal is the bookworm, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.
Most Recent Government Activity:
- : Rich Scholars was struck by a Cure Missile from The Republic of Plushie Paradise, curing 64 million infected.
- : Rich Scholars was struck by a Cure Missile from The House of Doughertania, curing 119 million infected.
- : Rich Scholars was ranked in the Top 10% of the region for Most Armed.
- : Rich Scholars was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Popular Tourist Destinations.
- : Rich Scholars was ranked in the Top 1% of the region for Most Subsidized Industry (last census: Top 5%).
- : Rich Scholars fell out of the regional Top 10% for Healthiest Citizens.
- : Rich Scholars was ranked in the Top 10% of the region for Most World Assembly Endorsements.
- : Rich Scholars fell out of the regional Top 10% for Most Developed.
- : Rich Scholars fell out of the world Top 10% for Most Popular Tourist Destinations.
- : Rich Scholars was ranked in the Top 10% of the region for Most Developed.