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Highest Crime Rates: 7,143rdLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 17,640thMost Avoided: 18,170th
The Republic of
Corporate Bordello
Justice, Piety, Loyalty
Influence
Sprat
Region
Civil Rights
Average
Economy
Very Strong
Political Freedom
World Benchmark

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Raz

Population164 million

Currencybitcoin
Animalwolf

The Republic of Raz is a very large, efficient nation, notable for its barren, inhospitable landscape, restrictive gun laws, and suspicion of poets. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, devout population of 164 million Razians are effectively ruled by a group of massive corporations, who run for political office and provide their well-off citizens with world-class goods and services. Their poorer citizens, however, are mostly starving to death while being urged to go out and get real jobs. The populace has reasonably extensive civil rights, although these are mostly aimed at allowing them to buy whatever they like.

The tiny, pro-business, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Education, Healthcare, and Defense. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 8.1%.

The very strong Razian economy, worth 8.92 trillion bitcoins a year, is fairly diversified and led by the Basket Weaving industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Furniture Restoration, and Woodchip Exports. Average income is 54,399 bitcoins, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 184,737 per year while the poor average 11,818, a ratio of 15.6 to 1.

Skateboarding is punishable by heavy fines, Leader's office has a newly installed Max-Man arcade game programmed by a 5th-grader, the wearing and manufacture of fur apparel is banned, and the roads are notorious throughout the region for their peril. Crime, especially youth-related, is a major problem, with the police force struggling against a lack of funding and a high mortality rate. Raz's national animal is the wolf, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

Raz is ranked 116,805th in the world and 40th in Middle Earth for Most Developed, scoring 56.11 on the Human Development Index.

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Highest Crime Rates: 7,143rdTop
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Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 17,640thMost Avoided: 18,170thFattest Citizens: 24,492ndLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 25,906thMost Pacifist: 26,283rdMost Rebellious Youth: 28,490th
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Fattest Citizens: 6th in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 6th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 6th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 6th in the regionMost Avoided: 6th in the regionTop
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Most Pacifist: 7th in the regionMost Politically Free: 8th in the regionRudest Citizens: 10th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 12th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 13th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Raz's influence in Middle Earth rose from "Minnow" to "Sprat".
  • : Raz was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Highest Crime Rates and the Top 10% for Fattest Citizens and Most Avoided.
  • : Following new legislation in Raz, the roads are notorious throughout the region for their peril.
  • : Following new legislation in Raz, the wearing and manufacture of fur apparel is banned.
  • : Following new legislation in Raz, Leader's office has a newly installed Max-Man arcade game programmed by a 5th-grader.
  • : Following new legislation in Raz, skateboarding is punishable by heavy fines.
  • : Following new legislation in Raz, the nation's countrysides are littered with landmines due to ongoing family disputes.
  • : Following new legislation in Raz, Violetist maidens who fall for an outsider must leave their violet light districts in shame.
  • : Following new legislation in Raz, victims of limb-mauling industrial accidents are told to keep working with their remaining hand.
  • : Following new legislation in Raz, citizens who plan overseas vacations are barred from running for political office.

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