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Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 539thHighest Crime Rates: 1,082ndLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1,135th
The Startling Empire of
Corporate Bordello
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Handshaker
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Civil Rights
Very Good
Economy
Frightening
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Riemstagrad IV

Population20.753 billion

CapitalRiemstagradgrad
LeaderRiem
FaithMetal

CurrencyShare
AnimalShare

The Startling Empire of Riemstagrad IV is a gargantuan, socially progressive nation, ruled by Riem with a fair hand, and remarkable for its strictly enforced bedtime, sprawling nuclear power plants, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, humorless population of 20.753 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, although Education is also considered important, 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 3,021 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 1,135th in the world and 4th in Founderless for Lowest Overall Tax Burden, scoring 254.34 on the Hayek Index.

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Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 539thHighest Crime Rates: 1,082ndLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1,135thMost Avoided: 1,489thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1,570thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1,738thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 2,564thTop
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Highest Disposable Incomes: 3,069thMost Rebellious Youth: 3,082ndFattest Citizens: 4,134thHighest Economic Output: 5,592ndLargest Mining Sector: 6,078thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 6,326thLargest Retail Industry: 8,429thMost Efficient Economies: 8,605thRudest Citizens: 8,714thLargest Populations: 8,994thMost Secular: 10,479thLargest Information Technology Sector: 10,615thMost Armed: 10,617thTop
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Largest Pizza Delivery Sector: 14,066thMost Scientifically Advanced: 14,836thSmartest Citizens: 16,168thHighest Average Incomes: 16,367thLargest Insurance Industry: 17,962ndLargest Manufacturing Sector: 18,098thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 20,072ndMost World Assembly Endorsements: 20,385thLargest Publishing Industry: 23,847thMost Politically Free: 26,148thLargest Black Market: 26,737th
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Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionTop
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Most Politically Free: 2nd in the region

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