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Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 594th Highest Crime Rates: 885th Largest Soda Pop Sector: 1,247th
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Riemstagrad IV

Population15.494 billion



The Startling Empire of Riemstagrad IV is a gargantuan, socially progressive nation, ruled by Riem with a fair hand, and remarkable for its daily referendums, smutty television, and compulsory vegetarianism. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, humorless population of 15.494 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 are ignored. 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 2,238 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 144,473 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 47,670th in the world and 78th in International Democratic Union for Most Cultured, scoring 68 on the Snufflebottom-Wiggendum Pentatonic Scale.

Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 594thHighest Crime Rates: 885thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1,247thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1,276thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1,321stMost Efficient Economies: 1,405thTop
Most Avoided: 1,718thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 2,930thMost Armed: 3,016thMost Rebellious Youth: 3,022ndHighest Disposable Incomes: 3,256thFattest Citizens: 3,735thLargest Mining Sector: 4,017thHighest Economic Output: 5,377thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 5,812thLargest Retail Industry: 6,486thRudest Citizens: 7,338thMost Secular: 8,137thTop
Largest Information Technology Sector: 8,945thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 9,500thLargest Populations: 9,558thMost Politically Free: 10,943rdLargest Insurance Industry: 11,735thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 13,074thHighest Average Incomes: 13,778thMost Scientifically Advanced: 13,950thNudest: 13,959thSmartest Citizens: 14,746th
Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1st in the regionMost Avoided: 1st in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionTop
Highest Unexpected Death Rate: 2nd in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 2nd in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 4th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 5th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 5th in the regionFattest Citizens: 6th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 6th in the regionTop
Most Armed: 7th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 8th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 10th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 10th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 11th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 11th in the regionNudest: 12th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 12th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 12th in the region

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