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The DeLeontologist of
Left-wing Utopia
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Ratateague

Population20.814 billion

CapitalHoltmímir

Currencylabor credit
Animalflying squirrel

The DeLeontologist 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 20.814 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 medium-sized, socially-minded, outspoken government prioritizes Education, with Environment, Healthcare, and Social Policy also on the agenda, while Defense and Spirituality are ignored. 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 7,933 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 381,183 labor credits, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

EpiPen sales have skyrocketed, voter turnout for the election of the Junior Assistant for Non-Digital Media Strategies has been unsurprisingly low, Scoutmasters debate whether luxury log cabins defeat the purpose of camping, and body doubles and armed bodyguards escort witnesses to and from courtrooms. 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 208,678th in the world and 355th in Democratic Socialist Assembly for Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector, scoring -62.27 on the Henry Ford Productivity Index.

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Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 1stLeast Corrupt Governments: 2ndSafest: 10thHealthiest Citizens: 12thMost Developed: 13thLongest Average Lifespans: 16thNicest Citizens: 24thMost Compassionate Citizens: 24thMost Pacifist: 28thBest Weather: 29thMost Cheerful Citizens: 34thMost Inclusive: 39thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 66thSmartest Citizens: 74thMost Beautiful Environments: 88thLargest Publishing Industry: 118thMost Cultured: 122ndMost Advanced Public Education: 131stHighest Poor Incomes: 147thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 226thMost Rebellious Youth: 263rdLargest Governments: 295thMost Valuable International Artwork: 349thHighest Average Tax Rates: 462ndMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 492ndMost Influential: 577thLowest Crime Rates: 587thHighest Economic Output: 690thMost Efficient Economies: 710thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 786thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 813thHighest Average Incomes: 865thMost Advanced Public Transport: 980thMost Scientifically Advanced: 1,062ndMost Devout: 1,578thLargest Information Technology Sector: 1,718thTop
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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 3,581stMost Subsidized Industry: 5,469thLargest Populations: 5,664thMost Income Equality: 9,243rdTop
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Highest Wealthy Incomes: 10,489thNudest: 11,014thMost Stationary: 18,616thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 20,195th
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Least Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionNicest Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 1st in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 1st in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 1st in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1st in the regionBest Weather: 1st in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1st in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Cultured: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 1st in the regionMost Inclusive: 1st in the regionSafest: 1st in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 1st in the regionMost Developed: 1st in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 1st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 1st in the regionMost Pacifist: 1st in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 1st in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 2nd in the regionLargest Governments: 2nd in the regionMost Devout: 2nd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 3rd in the regionMost Influential: 3rd in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 3rd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 3rd in the regionTop
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Most Valuable International Artwork: 4th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 5th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 6th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 7th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 7th in the regionLargest Populations: 10th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 12th in the regionTop
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Largest Cheese Export Sector: 20th in the regionMost Stationary: 28th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 30th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 33rd in the regionMost Extreme: 34th in the regionMost Income Equality: 35th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Ratateague, body doubles and armed bodyguards escort witnesses to and from courtrooms.
  • : Following new legislation in Ratateague, Scoutmasters debate whether luxury log cabins defeat the purpose of camping.
  • : Following new legislation in Ratateague, voter turnout for the election of the Junior Assistant for Non-Digital Media Strategies has been unsurprisingly low.
  • : Following new legislation in Ratateague, EpiPen sales have skyrocketed.
  • : Following new legislation in Ratateague, psychiatrists bizarrely accompany Leader to meetings with foreign heads of state.
  • : Following new legislation in Ratateague, Leader panders to nontraditional families.
  • : Following new legislation in Ratateague, tourists are forbidden to enter Native Ratatasque lands.
  • : Following new legislation in Ratateague, the phrase 'spreading like wildfire' is no longer in the public lexicon.
  • : Following new legislation in Ratateague, the art of conversation has been rediscovered.
  • : Following new legislation in Ratateague, citizens can only enjoy the splendor of the natural world in designated 'Majesty Appreciation' zones.

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