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Least Corrupt Governments: 1stHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1stSafest: 4th
The Alspring of
Liberal Democratic Socialists
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Influence
Squire
Civil Rights
Excellent
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
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Ratateague

Population29.185 billion

CapitalHoltmímir

Currencyʝarl
Animalflying squirrel

The Alspring of Ratateague is a gargantuan, cultured nation, remarkable for its complete lack of prisons, daily referendums, and punitive income tax rates. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful, devout population of 29.185 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 juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Environment. 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 an astonishing 12,722 trillion ʝarls 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 Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Tourism, Book Publishing, and Basket Weaving. Average income is an amazing 435,909 ʝarls, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The Ratatasque Intelligence Agency relies on internet search engines to know what is happening overseas, people reciting Shakespeare have become a common sight, children are brainwashed at a young age to accept "love and peace!" as a way of life, and the nation locks people up and tells them they're mad for compassion's sake. 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 4th in the world and 1st in The Social Liberal Union for Safest, scoring 323.61 on the Bubble-Rapp Safety Rating.

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Least Corrupt Governments: 1stHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1stSafest: 4thHealthiest Citizens: 9thMost Developed: 12thNicest Citizens: 14thLongest Average Lifespans: 15thMost Cheerful Citizens: 18thMost Compassionate Citizens: 19thMost Pacifist: 27thHighest Food Quality: 27thBest Weather: 32ndMost Inclusive: 40thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 61stMost Cultured: 61stSmartest Citizens: 66thLargest Publishing Industry: 66thMost Beautiful Environments: 82ndHighest Poor Incomes: 167thMost Advanced Public Education: 320thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 341stLargest Governments: 385thMost Valuable International Artwork: 425thMost Rebellious Youth: 437thMost Scientifically Advanced: 437thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 490thHighest Economic Output: 490thLargest Information Technology Sector: 597thLowest Crime Rates: 623rdHighest Average Tax Rates: 628thMost Efficient Economies: 657thHighest Average Incomes: 789thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 901stMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1,685thMost Advanced Public Transport: 1,834thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1,909thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 2,150thMost Income Equality: 2,242ndTop
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Most Devout: 3,243rdLargest Populations: 4,968thMost Subsidized Industry: 7,837thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 11,012thMost Influential: 11,133rdTop
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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 15,495thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 17,856thLargest Welfare Programs: 25,479th
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Highest Poor Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 1st in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 1st in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 1st in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 1st in the regionNicest Citizens: 1st in the regionSafest: 1st in the regionMost Pacifist: 1st in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 1st in the regionMost Devout: 1st in the regionMost Inclusive: 1st in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 1st in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1st in the regionMost Cultured: 1st in the regionHighest Food Quality: 1st in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 1st in the regionMost Income Equality: 1st in the regionLargest Populations: 1st in the regionMost Developed: 1st in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1st in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 2nd in the regionBest Weather: 2nd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 2nd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 2nd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 2nd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 2nd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 3rd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 3rd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 3rd in the regionLargest Governments: 3rd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 4th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 4th in the regionTop
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Largest Trout Fishing Sector: 6th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 8th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 8th in the regionMost Extreme: 9th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Ratateague, the nation locks people up and tells them they're mad for compassion's sake.
  • : Following new legislation in Ratateague, children are brainwashed at a young age to accept "love and peace!" as a way of life.
  • : Following new legislation in Ratateague, people reciting Shakespeare have become a common sight.
  • : Following new legislation in Ratateague, the Ratatasque Intelligence Agency relies on internet search engines to know what is happening overseas.
  • : Following new legislation in Ratateague, the wearing and manufacture of fur apparel is banned.
  • : Following new legislation in Ratateague, supervisors in Ratateague commonly tie bells on their necks to alert employees of their presence.
  • : Following new legislation in Ratateague, giggling elementary school newspaper reporters want to know why Leader is a silly poophead.
  • : Following new legislation in Ratateague, Holtmímir's back alleys are rife with sausage eating.
  • : Following new legislation in Ratateague, the carbon footprint falls along with the human footprint during war.
  • : Following new legislation in Ratateague, urban graffiti is hand-calligraphed in perfectly kerned elegant fonts.

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