by Max Barry

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The Althing of
Left-wing Utopia
ᴀʟʟ ɍᴀᴛʜᴇʀs ᴄᴀʀᴇ ɍѳʀ ᴛʜᴇɪʀ sѳɴs
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The Althing of Ratateague is a gargantuan, socially progressive nation, renowned for its national health service, soft-spoken computers, and punitive income tax rates. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful, devout population of 13.814 billion Ratatekkers are free to do what they want with their own bodies, and vote for whomever they like in elections; if they go into business, however, they are regulated to within an inch of their lives.

The large, socially-minded, outspoken government prioritizes Education, although Environment, Social Policy, and Healthcare are also considered important, while Defense and Spirituality aren't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Holtmímir. The average income tax rate is 99.5%.

The frighteningly efficient Ratatasque economy, worth a remarkable 4,183 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 mostly made up of the Tourism industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing and Furniture Restoration. Average income is an amazing 302,840 labor credits, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Artists are pillars of society, betting pennies on games of Go Fish is considered deviant, the number of students attending university has reached a record high, and tradesmen will knock 10% off their fees if customers pay cash. 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 180,483rd in the world and 200th in Democratic Socialist Assembly for Most Avoided, scoring 0.16 on the Kardashian Reflex Score.

Least Corrupt Governments: 3rdHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 9thMost Developed: 20thHealthiest Citizens: 25thSafest: 31stLongest Average Lifespans: 39thBest Weather: 43rdNicest Citizens: 45thMost Compassionate Citizens: 47thMost Pacifist: 55thMost Cheerful Citizens: 63rdMost Advanced Public Education: 70thMost Inclusive: 70thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 82ndMost Beautiful Environments: 123rdMost Cultured: 134thSmartest Citizens: 141stMost Efficient Economies: 157thHighest Poor Incomes: 185thMost Rebellious Youth: 225thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 244thMost Influential: 259thLargest Publishing Industry: 278thLargest Governments: 444thMost Devout: 464thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 473rdMost Advanced Public Transport: 664thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 696thLowest Crime Rates: 858thHighest Average Tax Rates: 946thHighest Average Incomes: 1,119thHighest Economic Output: 1,354thMost Stationary: 1,780thTop
Most Scientifically Advanced: 2,256thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3,139thLargest Populations: 7,413thMost Subsidized Industry: 8,990thTop
Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 9,484thMost Income Equality: 15,918thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 16,212th
Most Cheerful Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 1st in the regionMost Developed: 1st in the regionMost Inclusive: 1st in the regionSafest: 1st in the regionMost Devout: 1st in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1st in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 1st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 1st in the regionBest Weather: 1st in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionMost Cultured: 2nd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 2nd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 2nd in the regionMost Stationary: 2nd in the regionMost Pacifist: 2nd in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 2nd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 2nd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 2nd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 2nd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 2nd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 2nd in the regionNicest Citizens: 2nd in the regionTop
Lowest Crime Rates: 3rd in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 3rd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 4th in the regionMost Influential: 4th in the regionLargest Governments: 4th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 4th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 5th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 6th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 7th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 8th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 10th in the regionTop
Most Scientifically Advanced: 11th in the regionLargest Populations: 14th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Ratateague, tradesmen will knock 10% off their fees if customers pay cash.
  • : Ratateague was reclassified from "Liberal Democratic Socialists" to "Left-wing Utopia".
  • : Following new legislation in Ratateague, the number of students attending university has reached a record high.
  • : Following new legislation in Ratateague, betting pennies on games of Go Fish is considered deviant.
  • : Following new legislation in Ratateague, artists are pillars of society.
  • : Ratateague was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Subsidized Industry.
  • : Following new legislation in Ratateague, doctors prescribe medicines but they rarely dispense hope or compassion.
  • : Ratateague was reclassified from "Left-wing Utopia" to "Liberal Democratic Socialists".
  • : Following new legislation in Ratateague, Scoutmasters debate whether luxury log cabins defeat the purpose of camping.
  • : Following new legislation in Ratateague, UFO sightings are listed daily in the morning news.


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