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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 irreverence towards religion. The hard-nosed, intelligent population of 25.507 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.

Parents are held criminally responsible for their children's crimes, a survey of the nation's rivers and children has shown that pesticide levels are at an all-time regional high, voting is voluntary, and education and welfare spending are on the rise. 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 2nd in belgium and 1,022nd in the world for Most Subsidized Industry, scoring 253 on the Gilded Widget Scale.

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity: 7 hours ago

  • 1 day 11 hours ago: Riemstagrad lodged a message on the Belgium Regional Message Board.
  • 1 day 21 hours ago: Following new legislation in Riemstagrad, education and welfare spending are on the rise.
  • 1 day 21 hours ago: Following new legislation in Riemstagrad, voting is voluntary.
  • 1 day 21 hours ago: Following new legislation in Riemstagrad, a survey of the nation's rivers and children has shown that pesticide levels are at an all-time regional high.
  • 3 days 20 hours ago: Riemstagrad was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Developed (last census: Top 5%).
  • 3 days 21 hours ago: Riemstagrad fell out of the regional Top 5% for Most Developed.
  • 3 days 21 hours ago: Following new legislation in Riemstagrad, parents are held criminally responsible for their children's crimes.
  • 3 days 21 hours ago: Following new legislation in Riemstagrad, the wearing and manufacture of fur apparel is banned.
  • 3 days 21 hours ago: Following new legislation in Riemstagrad, legislation sometimes has to battle through weeks of filibustering to pass.
  • 4 days ago: Riemstagrad fell out of the world Top 10% for Most Politically Free.

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