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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:
World Benchmark

Regional Influence: Negotiator

Location: belgium

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The Startling Empire of Riemstagrad is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by Farao Rambert IV with a fair hand, and renowned for its barren, inhospitable landscape. The hard-nosed, intelligent population of 24.976 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.

Droves of former desperados are applying to join the border police, record sales of 'child-whacking sticks' have been reported, books are considered luxuries only available to the incredibly wealthy, and Members of Parliament are often found living in cardboard boxes. 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 109th in belgium and 107,309th in the world for Best Weather, with -261 Metres of Sunlight Above Expected.

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity: 4 hours ago

  • 19 hours ago: Following new legislation in Riemstagrad, Members of Parliament are often found living in cardboard boxes.
  • 19 hours ago: Following new legislation in Riemstagrad, books are considered luxuries only available to the incredibly wealthy.
  • 2 days 19 hours ago: Following new legislation in Riemstagrad, record sales of 'child-whacking sticks' have been reported.
  • 2 days 19 hours ago: Following new legislation in Riemstagrad, droves of former desperados are applying to join the border police.
  • 4 days ago: Riemstagrad lodged a message on the The Rejected Realms Regional Message Board.
  • 4 days ago: Riemstagrad lodged a message on the Belgium Regional Message Board.
  • 4 days ago: Following new legislation in Riemstagrad, surveillance cameras are banned.
  • 4 days ago: Following new legislation in Riemstagrad, cars speed down national highways while drivers sleep at the wheel.
  • 4 days ago: Following new legislation in Riemstagrad, cheese has become the new icon of political dissent.
  • 6 days ago: Following new legislation in Riemstagrad, elections have become procedural nightmares due to voters persistently rejecting candidates.

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