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Highest Wealthy Incomes: 667thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 682ndRudest Citizens: 737th
The Roving Riparian Surprisal of
Corporate Bordello
Row, Row, Row Your Boat...
Influence
Contender
Seafaring Raids and Coastal Plundering
Region
Civil Rights
Very Good
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Excessive

Overview Policies People Government Economy Rank Trend Cards

Longship

Population7.716 billion

CapitalForeign Shores
LeaderǢstrųšr the Rover
FaithRaiding and Pillaging

Currencykrone
AnimalHarbor Seal

The Roving Riparian Surprisal of Longship is a colossal, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Ǣstrųšr the Rover with a fair hand, and notable for its digital currency, smutty television, and devotion to social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic population of 7.716 billion Oarsmen are effectively ruled by a group of massive corporations, who run for political office and provide their well-off citizens with world-class goods and services. Their poorer citizens, however, are mostly starving to death while being urged to go out and get real jobs. The populace has reasonably extensive civil rights, although these are mostly aimed at allowing them to buy whatever they like.

The relatively small, corrupt, pro-business, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Industry, Education, and Defense. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Foreign Shores. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 44.4%.

The frighteningly efficient Longship economy, worth a remarkable 1,565 trillion kroner a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Retail, Arms Manufacturing, and Book Publishing. Average income is an amazing 202,848 kroner, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,821,829 per year while the poor average 2,855, a ratio of 638 to 1.

The official Longship Phrase Book weighs as much as a small child, many Oarsmen are their brothers' keepers, the daily weather forecast often predicts light showers of debris, and financial investors are noting a boom in artillery. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Longship's national animal is the Harbor Seal, which frolics freely in the nation's sparkling oceans, and its national religion is Raiding and Pillaging.

Longship is ranked 38,145th in the world and 16th in Fjord for Most Beautiful Environments, with 725.63 pounds of wildlife per square mile.

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Highest Wealthy Incomes: 667thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 682ndRudest Citizens: 737thLargest Agricultural Sector: 1,401stMost Pro-Market: 1,483rdTop
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Largest Retail Industry: 2,854thMost Efficient Economies: 4,183rdLargest Publishing Industry: 4,415thHighest Disposable Incomes: 4,721stMost Scientifically Advanced: 5,068thSmartest Citizens: 6,906thHighest Average Incomes: 7,090thLargest Information Technology Sector: 8,678thMost Subsidized Industry: 9,315thMost Cultured: 9,526thMost Secular: 9,951stHighest Food Quality: 10,594thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 12,375thHighest Economic Output: 12,653rdTop
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Most Valuable International Artwork: 13,826thMost Inclusive: 13,833rdMost Developed: 14,126thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 15,230thLargest Governments: 15,243rdLargest Cheese Export Sector: 16,778thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 19,974thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 20,567thMost Patriotic: 20,620thMost Advanced Public Education: 21,051stLargest Soda Pop Sector: 21,835thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 22,289thMost Politically Free: 23,954thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 26,976th
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Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 1st in the regionMost Extreme: 1st in the regionRudest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Pro-Market: 1st in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the regionTop
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Most Patriotic: 2nd in the regionMost Politically Free: 2nd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 2nd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 2nd in the regionLargest Populations: 2nd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Longship, financial investors are noting a boom in artillery.
  • : Following new legislation in Longship, the daily weather forecast often predicts light showers of debris.
  • : Following new legislation in Longship, many Oarsmen are their brothers' keepers.
  • : Following new legislation in Longship, the official Longship Phrase Book weighs as much as a small child.
  • : Following new legislation in Longship, the aims of top-secret Longship science projects revolve around designing the perfect robot woman.
  • : Longship was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Manufacturing Sector and the Top 10% for Largest Furniture Restoration Industry.
  • : Following new legislation in Longship, citizens have reported seeing strange rays of light emanating from the moon.
  • : Following new legislation in Longship, exports of live cows arrive pre-roasted.
  • : Following new legislation in Longship, a murderous reputation can revitalise a flagging celebrity career.
  • : Following new legislation in Longship, political detractors refer to Ǣstrųšr the Rover as 'that Bigtopian puppet'.

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