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Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 570thHighest Crime Rates: 968thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1,226th
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Riemstagrad IV

Population17.554 billion



The Startling Empire of Riemstagrad IV is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Riem with a fair hand, and remarkable for its deadly medical pandemics, irreverence towards religion, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, humorless population of 17.554 billion Riemstagrad IVians 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 minute, pro-business, outspoken government, or what there is of one, prioritizes Industry, with Education also on the agenda, while Environment and Law & Order aren't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Riemstagradgrad. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 1.4%.

The frighteningly efficient Riemstagrad IVian economy, worth a remarkable 2,556 trillion Shares a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Automobile Manufacturing, Soda Sales, and Woodchip Exports. Average income is an impressive 145,616 Shares, with the richest citizens earning 5.5 times as much as the poorest.

Even the nation's brussel sprouts are delicious and nutritious, psychiatrists bizarrely accompany Riem to meetings with foreign heads of state, new arrivals are asked the location of the Minister of the Interior's birthmark, and amusement park rides frequently collapse due to lack of maintenance. Crime, especially youth-related, is all-pervasive, probably because of the absence of a police force. Riemstagrad IV's national animal is the Share, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is Metal.

Riemstagrad IV is ranked 176,477th in the world and 31st in Founderless for Most Corrupt Governments, with 0.95 Kickbacks Per Hour.

Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 570thHighest Crime Rates: 968thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1,226thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1,430thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1,586thMost Avoided: 1,718thTop
Highest Unexpected Death Rate: 2,411thMost Rebellious Youth: 3,091stHighest Disposable Incomes: 3,115thFattest Citizens: 4,001stLargest Mining Sector: 5,479thHighest Economic Output: 5,693rdHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 5,945thMost Efficient Economies: 7,442ndLargest Retail Industry: 7,805thRudest Citizens: 8,251stMost Armed: 9,169thLargest Populations: 9,712thMost Secular: 10,015thLargest Information Technology Sector: 10,091stTop
Largest Pizza Delivery Sector: 11,989thMost Scientifically Advanced: 14,561stLargest Insurance Industry: 14,695thHighest Average Incomes: 14,962ndLargest Manufacturing Sector: 15,431stSmartest Citizens: 15,974thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 17,710thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 19,432ndMost Politically Free: 20,415thLargest Publishing Industry: 21,927th
Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 2nd in the regionMost Avoided: 2nd in the regionNudest: 2nd in the regionMost Secular: 2nd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 2nd in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 2nd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 2nd in the regionTop
Highest Wealthy Incomes: 3rd in the regionRudest Citizens: 3rd in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 3rd in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 3rd in the regionMost Politically Free: 3rd in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 3rd in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 3rd in the regionFattest Citizens: 3rd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 3rd in the regionMost Armed: 3rd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 3rd in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 3rd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 4th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 4th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 4th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 4th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 4th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 4th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 4th in the region

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