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The Startling Empire of Riemstagrad

“l'Union fait la force, la force fait l'union”

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

Regional Influence: Negotiator

Location: belgium

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The Startling Empire of Riemstagrad is a gargantuan, socially progressive nation, ruled by Farao Rambert IV with a fair hand, and notable for its unlimited-speed roads. The hard-nosed, hard-working, intelligent population of 25.341 billion Riems enjoy a sensible mix of personal and economic freedoms, while the political process is open and the people's right to vote held sacrosanct.

There is no government in the normal sense of the word; however, a small group of community-minded individuals juggles the competing demands of Commerce, Education, and Public Transport. It meets every day to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Riemstagradgrad. Income tax is unheard of. The private sector is almost wholly made up of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, although the government is looking at stamping this out.

The automotive industry soaks up huge government handouts, private business has started paving paradises and putting up parking lots, there are no minimum wage laws, and birth rates have hit an all-time low. Crime -- especially youth-related -- is crippling, and the police force struggles against a lack of funding and a high mortality rate. Riemstagrad's national animal is the agapornis, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, its national religion is Heavy Metal, and its currency is the dinar.

Riemstagrad is ranked 127th in belgium and 113,939th in the world for Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector, scoring -17 on the Charon Conveyancy Index.

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity: 3 hours ago

  • 19 hours ago: Following new legislation in Riemstagrad, birth rates have hit an all-time low.
  • 19 hours ago: Following new legislation in Riemstagrad, there are no minimum wage laws.
  • 19 hours ago: Following new legislation in Riemstagrad, private business has started paving paradises and putting up parking lots.
  • 1 day 6 hours ago: Riemstagrad lodged a message on the Belgium Regional Message Board.
  • 2 days 19 hours ago: Following new legislation in Riemstagrad, the automotive industry soaks up huge government handouts.
  • 2 days 19 hours ago: Following new legislation in Riemstagrad, agaporni with strange deformities like three eyes and tentacles have been seen prancing through the countryside where industrial waste is dumped.
  • 2 days 19 hours ago: Following new legislation in Riemstagrad, bus ads propagandize causes ranging from sexual revolution to religious pogroms.
  • 4 days ago: Following new legislation in Riemstagrad, citizens are frequently held up at gunpoint by their local pizza delivery boys.
  • 4 days ago: Following new legislation in Riemstagrad, children are raised bilingual from an early age.
  • 6 days ago: Following new legislation in Riemstagrad, senior citizens can usually be found doing heavy manual labour.

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