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Highest Wealthy Incomes: 56th Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 152nd Highest Economic Output: 180th
The Free Republic of
Capitalist Paradise
Knowledge (and money) is power
Regional Influence
Sprat
Region
Civil Rights
Average
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Good

Overview People Government Economy Rank Trend

The Free Republic of Rich Scholars is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Leader with an even hand, and remarkable for its parental licensing program, unlimited-speed roads, and frequent executions. The hard-nosed, hard-working, humorless population of 29.955 billion Rich Scholarsians are either ruled by a sleek, efficient government or a conglomerate of multinational corporations; it's difficult to tell which.

The minute, pro-business government, or what there is of one, prioritizes Industry, with Education and Law & Order also on the agenda, while Social Policy and Environment aren't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Rich Scholars City. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Rich Scholarsian economy, worth an astonishing 11,123 trillion books a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Automobile Manufacturing, Book Publishing, and Uranium Mining. Average income is an amazing 371,327 books, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 3,312,240 per year while the poor average 5,542, a ratio of 597 to 1.

Pristine wilderness has been trashed in the quest for cheaper oil, shanty towns are forming in the suburbs of major cities, the country's famous rainforests are being bulldozed by the mining industry, and citizens who leave the country are officially classed as traitors. Crime is pervasive, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. Rich Scholars's national animal is the bookworm, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

Rich Scholars is ranked 5,885th in the world and 279th in Balder for Largest Black Market, with 53.0 trillion Standard Monetary Units.

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Highest Wealthy Incomes: 56thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 152ndHighest Economic Output: 180thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 229thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 299thLargest Insurance Industry: 330thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 343rdRudest Citizens: 458thLargest Populations: 459thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 489thHighest Average Incomes: 516thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 572ndLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 632ndLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 678thMost Avoided: 748thLargest Mining Sector: 772ndLargest Gambling Industry: 812thSmartest Citizens: 1,035thLargest Agricultural Sector: 1,088thLargest Publishing Industry: 1,155thMost Scientifically Advanced: 1,337thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1,713thTop
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Most Efficient Economies: 1,843rdLargest Cheese Export Sector: 1,875thLargest Retail Industry: 1,949thLargest Information Technology Sector: 1,970thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 2,140thMost Pro-Market: 2,326thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 2,625thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 2,971stLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 3,678thHighest Crime Rates: 3,998thLargest Black Market: 5,885thMost Secular: 6,918thMost Stationary: 7,860thHealthiest Citizens: 8,168thTop
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Most Subsidized Industry: 10,443rd
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Highest Wealthy Incomes: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 2nd in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 3rd in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 4th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 5th in the regionLargest Populations: 6th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 7th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 7th in the regionRudest Citizens: 9th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 12th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 12th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 13th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 18th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 19th in the regionMost Avoided: 20th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 22nd in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 23rd in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 24th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 26th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 28th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 29th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 32nd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 34th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 42nd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 43rd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 45th in the regionTop
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Largest Pizza Delivery Sector: 60th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 76th in the regionMost Stationary: 97th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 101st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 107th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 149th in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 168th in the regionMost Secular: 213th in the regionTop
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Largest Black Market: 279th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 317th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 441st in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Rich Scholars was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Largest Pizza Delivery Sector.
  • : Rich Scholars was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Stationary.
  • : Rich Scholars was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Largest Retail Industry.
  • : Rich Scholars was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Healthiest Citizens.
  • : Rich Scholars was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Armed.
  • : Rich Scholars was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Armed.
  • : Rich Scholars was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Developed.
  • : Rich Scholars was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Largest Retail Industry.
  • : Rich Scholars was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Largest Retail Industry.
  • : Rich Scholars was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Largest Retail Industry.

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