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Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 3rd Least Corrupt Governments: 3rd Safest: 12th
The Althing of
Liberal Democratic Socialists
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Ratateague

Population19.267 billion

CapitalHoltmímir

Currencylabor credit
Animalflying squirrel

The Althing of Ratateague is a gargantuan, socially progressive nation, renowned for its keen interest in outer space, soft-spoken computers, and punitive income tax rates. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful, devout population of 19.267 billion Ratatekkers love a good election, and the government gives them plenty of them. Universities tend to be full of students debating the merits of various civil and political rights, while businesses are tightly regulated and the wealthy viewed with suspicion.

The medium-sized, socially-minded, outspoken government prioritizes Education, although Environment, Social Policy, and Healthcare are also considered important, while Defense and Spirituality receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Holtmímir. The income tax rate is 100%.

The frighteningly efficient Ratatasque economy, worth a remarkable 7,126 trillion labor credits a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is quite specialized, is led by the Tourism industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing, Information Technology, and Furniture Restoration. Average income is an amazing 369,878 labor credits, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Enemy navies sail within bombardment range of major coastal cities with impunity, military strategists are questioning the wisdom of subsidizing the economies of sworn enemies, the phrase 'spreading like wildfire' is no longer in the public lexicon, and government employees from Ratateague dominate international lumberjack competitions. Crime is totally unknown. Ratateague's national animal is the flying squirrel, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

Ratateague is ranked 15,052nd in the world and 111th in Democratic Socialist Assembly for Most World Assembly Endorsements, with zero Valid Endorsements.

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Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 3rdLeast Corrupt Governments: 3rdSafest: 12thHealthiest Citizens: 13thMost Developed: 14thLongest Average Lifespans: 21stNicest Citizens: 25thMost Compassionate Citizens: 25thBest Weather: 31stMost Cheerful Citizens: 35thMost Pacifist: 39thMost Inclusive: 42ndMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 73rdSmartest Citizens: 78thMost Beautiful Environments: 91stMost Advanced Public Education: 119thLargest Publishing Industry: 129thMost Cultured: 133rdMost Efficient Economies: 138thHighest Poor Incomes: 154thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 216thMost Rebellious Youth: 265thLargest Governments: 316thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 443rdMost Influential: 472ndHighest Average Tax Rates: 510thLowest Crime Rates: 582ndLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 616thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 730thHighest Economic Output: 732ndHighest Average Incomes: 764thMost Advanced Public Transport: 931stMost Scientifically Advanced: 1,315thMost Devout: 1,582ndTop
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Largest Information Technology Sector: 2,549thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 3,519thMost Subsidized Industry: 5,013thLargest Populations: 5,861stTop
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Highest Wealthy Incomes: 9,929thMost Income Equality: 10,183rdMost Politically Free: 14,930thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 15,052nd
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Most Inclusive: 1st in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1st in the regionSafest: 1st in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Pacifist: 1st in the regionBest Weather: 1st in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 1st in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 1st in the regionMost Cultured: 1st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 1st in the regionMost Developed: 1st in the regionNicest Citizens: 1st in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 1st in the regionMost Devout: 1st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 2nd in the regionLargest Governments: 2nd in the regionTop
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Most Rebellious Youth: 3rd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 3rd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 3rd in the regionMost Influential: 3rd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 5th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 6th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 6th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 7th in the regionLargest Populations: 11th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 12th in the regionTop
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Largest Manufacturing Sector: 21st in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 27th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 28th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Ratateague, government employees from Ratateague dominate international lumberjack competitions.
  • : Following new legislation in Ratateague, the phrase 'spreading like wildfire' is no longer in the public lexicon.
  • : Following new legislation in Ratateague, military strategists are questioning the wisdom of subsidizing the economies of sworn enemies.
  • : Following new legislation in Ratateague, enemy navies sail within bombardment range of major coastal cities with impunity.
  • : Following new legislation in Ratateague, EpiPen sales have skyrocketed.
  • : Following new legislation in Ratateague, it is illegal to have the wrong clock time showing on your microwave oven.
  • : Following new legislation in Ratateague, in distant lands the nation is known as a lovely place that was even better in the good old days.
  • : Following new legislation in Ratateague, preschools put children down for naps with milk, cookies, and a gruesome story of vengeance.
  • : Following new legislation in Ratateague, there have been sightings of people walking around dressed in nothing but leopard-skin g-strings for 'religious reasons'.
  • : Following new legislation in Ratateague, kids laugh off vandalism and arson as "just fun".

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