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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, socially progressive nation, ruled by Farao Rambert IV with a fair hand, and notable for its barren, inhospitable landscape. The hard-nosed, intelligent population of 25.202 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.

Students cut up leftover dinars during Arts and Crafts, the welfare administration's new sweeping authority has forced the poor and needy to shop from pre-approved grocery lists, dog breeding has been banned in accordance with recent animal experimentation laws, and the government has cut its subsidies for all special interest groups. 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 136th in belgium and 111,799th in the world for Largest Trout Fishing Sector, scoring -17 on the Nemo Depletion Efficiency Index.

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity: 10 hours ago

  • 3 hours ago: Following new legislation in Riemstagrad, the government has cut its subsidies for all special interest groups.
  • 3 hours ago: Following new legislation in Riemstagrad, dog breeding has been banned in accordance with recent animal experimentation laws.
  • 2 days 3 hours ago: Riemstagrad was reclassified from "Civil Rights Lovefest" to "New York Times Democracy".
  • 2 days 3 hours ago: Following new legislation in Riemstagrad, the welfare administration's new sweeping authority has forced the poor and needy to shop from pre-approved grocery lists.
  • 2 days 3 hours ago: Following new legislation in Riemstagrad, students cut up leftover dinars during Arts and Crafts.
  • 4 days ago: Riemstagrad was reclassified from "New York Times Democracy" to "Civil Rights Lovefest".
  • 4 days ago: Following new legislation in Riemstagrad, college students make ends meet by selling their kidneys.
  • 4 days ago: Following new legislation in Riemstagrad, nude art is becoming wildly popular.
  • 6 days ago: Riemstagrad was ranked in the Top 5% of the region for Most Politically Apathetic Citizens (last census: #1).
  • 6 days ago: Following new legislation in Riemstagrad, psychological disorders are a taboo subject.

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