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Largest Gambling Industry: 385thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 397thMost Armed: 471st
The Free Market Haven of
Compulsory Consumerist State
A dollar in the pocket is worth two on the contract
Influence
Hatchling
Region
Civil Rights
Excellent
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Few

Overview Policies People Government Economy Rank Trend Cards

Ravenbury

Population7.56 billion

CapitalStapplesburg
LeaderPrime Minister David Schilling
FaithCult of Xolotl

CurrencyRavenburyian Bank Credit
AnimalCrow

The Free Market Haven of Ravenbury is a colossal, orderly nation, ruled by Prime Minister David Schilling with an iron fist, and remarkable for its free-roaming dinosaurs, otherworldly petting zoo, and infamous sell-swords. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 7.56 billion Ravenburyians are rabid consumers, partly through choice and partly because the government tells them to and dissenters tend to vanish from their homes at night.

The tiny, corrupt, pro-business government juggles the competing demands of Industry, Defense, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Stapplesburg. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 1.0%.

The frighteningly efficient Ravenburyian economy, worth a remarkable 2,074 trillion Ravenburyian Bank Credits a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Retail industry, with major contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Gambling, and Soda Sales. Average income is an amazing 274,416 Ravenburyian Bank Credits, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 2,347,632 per year while the poor average 5,552, a ratio of 422 to 1.

Escalators are avoided at all costs, a firework a day does not in fact keep the doctor away, ghost regiments exist only on paper, and soldiers on first dates introduce themselves only by their ranks and serial numbers. Crime, especially youth-related, is all-pervasive, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. Ravenbury's national animal is the Crow, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is Cult of Xolotl.

Ravenbury is ranked 11,499th in the world and 224th in Europe for Largest Publishing Industry, scoring 10,249.43 on the Bella Potter Productivity e-Index.

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Largest Gambling Industry: 385thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 397thMost Armed: 471stLargest Retail Industry: 479thFattest Citizens: 496thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 499thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 512thMost Avoided: 681stHighest Crime Rates: 702ndGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 709thHighest Disposable Incomes: 835thRudest Citizens: 1,003rdLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1,080thMost Corrupt Governments: 1,094thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1,359thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1,456thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1,502ndMost Efficient Economies: 1,667thTop
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Largest Insurance Industry: 1,799thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 2,158thMost Rebellious Youth: 2,371stLargest Mining Sector: 2,435thHighest Average Incomes: 2,510thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 3,033rdLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 3,512thLargest Agricultural Sector: 5,195thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 5,538thMost Scientifically Advanced: 6,344thHighest Economic Output: 6,597thMost Valuable International Artwork: 6,737thMost Subsidized Industry: 7,197thTop
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Highest Drug Use: 9,120thMost Pro-Market: 10,292ndLargest Publishing Industry: 11,499thMost Cultured: 13,643rdLargest Black Market: 14,492ndMost Advanced Defense Forces: 15,152ndSmartest Citizens: 15,390thNudest: 15,558thLargest Governments: 16,723rd
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Most Armed: 3rd in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 5th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 7th in the regionFattest Citizens: 7th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 7th in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 8th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 9th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 9th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 11th in the regionTop
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Largest Retail Industry: 12th in the regionMost Avoided: 12th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 13th in the regionRudest Citizens: 13th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 14th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 17th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 20th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 20th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 25th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 27th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 27th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 33rd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 33rd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 35th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 40th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 43rd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 44th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 46th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 52nd in the regionTop
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Largest Agricultural Sector: 62nd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 74th in the regionLargest Black Market: 110th in the regionNudest: 113th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 113th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Ravenbury was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Nudest.
  • : Following new legislation in Ravenbury, soldiers on first dates introduce themselves only by their ranks and serial numbers.
  • : Following new legislation in Ravenbury, ghost regiments exist only on paper.
  • : Following new legislation in Ravenbury, a firework a day does not in fact keep the doctor away.
  • : Following new legislation in Ravenbury, escalators are avoided at all costs.
  • : Following new legislation in Ravenbury, Ravenburyian watches are often the only thing to survive a disaster intact.
  • : Ravenbury was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Highest Drug Use.
  • : Following new legislation in Ravenbury, religious epiphanies are often cited as a reason for high school drop-outs.
  • : Following new legislation in Ravenbury, the military struggles with recruitment.
  • : Following new legislation in Ravenbury, the nation is renowned abroad for its love of blood and guts.

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