by Max Barry

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The Althing of
Left-wing Utopia
ᴀʟʟ ɍᴀᴛʜᴇʀs ᴄᴀʀᴇ ɍѳʀ ᴛʜᴇɪʀ sѳɴs
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Population18.15 billion


Currencylabor credit
Animalflying squirrel

The Althing of Ratateague is a gargantuan, efficient nation, renowned for its multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, state-planned economy, and devotion to social welfare. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful, devout population of 18.15 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, with Environment, Social Policy, and Healthcare 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 6,580 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 362,547 labor credits, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The nation's universities are often mistaken for foreign embassies, solid-gold toilets are Ratatasque prisons' least expensive furnishings, political scientists despair as the national mascot election eclipses all others in voter enthusiasm, and fat-shaming is now public policy. 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 159,405th in the world and 270th in Democratic Socialist Assembly for Most Pro-Market, scoring -81.11 on the Rand Index.

Least Corrupt Governments: 3rdHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 3rdSafest: 12thHealthiest Citizens: 14thMost Developed: 14thLongest Average Lifespans: 20thNicest Citizens: 26thBest Weather: 28thMost Compassionate Citizens: 28thMost Pacifist: 38thMost Inclusive: 43rdMost Cheerful Citizens: 44thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 69thSmartest Citizens: 74thMost Beautiful Environments: 86thMost Advanced Public Education: 96thLargest Publishing Industry: 141stMost Efficient Economies: 143rdMost Cultured: 152ndHighest Poor Incomes: 153rdMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 202ndMost Rebellious Youth: 253rdLargest Governments: 317thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 418thMost Influential: 436thHighest Average Tax Rates: 518thLowest Crime Rates: 591stLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 624thHighest Average Incomes: 783rdHighest Economic Output: 805thMost Advanced Public Transport: 900thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 1,091stMost Scientifically Advanced: 1,471stMost Devout: 1,588thTop
Largest Information Technology Sector: 3,379thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 4,313thMost Subsidized Industry: 5,524thLargest Populations: 6,166thTop
Most Income Equality: 10,731stHighest Wealthy Incomes: 10,855thMost Politically Free: 12,367thNudest: 15,291stMost World Assembly Endorsements: 17,322nd
Most Advanced Public Education: 1st in the regionBest Weather: 1st in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1st in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 1st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Inclusive: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Developed: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 1st in the regionMost Cultured: 1st in the regionMost Pacifist: 1st in the regionNicest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 1st in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 1st in the regionSafest: 1st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 1st in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 1st in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 1st in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1st in the regionMost Devout: 1st in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 2nd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 2nd in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Governments: 2nd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 2nd in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 3rd in the regionMost Influential: 3rd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 3rd in the regionTop
Highest Average Tax Rates: 5th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 5th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 6th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 7th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 9th in the regionLargest Populations: 11th in the regionTop
Most Subsidized Industry: 29th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Ratateague, fat-shaming is now public policy.
  • : Following new legislation in Ratateague, political scientists despair as the national mascot election eclipses all others in voter enthusiasm.
  • : Following new legislation in Ratateague, solid-gold toilets are Ratatasque prisons' least expensive furnishings.
  • : Following new legislation in Ratateague, the nation's universities are often mistaken for foreign embassies.
  • : Following new legislation in Ratateague, the comic book series 'Leader and the Villainous Corporate Cronies' is a best-seller.
  • : Following new legislation in Ratateague, the government only invests in infrastructure after a natural disaster.
  • : Following new legislation in Ratateague, RPG fans reminisce fondly about when people thought they were evil and dangerous rather than geeky and socially inept.
  • : Following new legislation in Ratateague, the reams of paperwork accompanying any electronic item are a recognised contributor to national deforestation.
  • : Following new legislation in Ratateague, kids laugh off vandalism and arson as "just fun".
  • : Following new legislation in Ratateague, rare art has become a significant factor in negotiating all foreign trade agreements.


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