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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 4,084thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 4,665thMost Influential: 6,009th
The People's Republic of
Democratic Socialists
When feasible, one should eat the rude.
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Squire
Region
Civil Rights
Excellent
Economy
Very Strong
Political Freedom
Below Average

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Rippardine

Population1.113 billion

CapitalBaltimore
LeaderHannibal

CurrencyFuller
AnimalRavenstag

The People's Republic of Rippardine is a massive, efficient nation, ruled by Hannibal with an even hand, and notable for its museums and concert halls, devotion to social welfare, and stringent health and safety legislation. The compassionate population of 1.113 billion Rippers are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The enormous government juggles the competing demands of Education, Healthcare, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Baltimore. The average income tax rate is 77.5%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The very strong Rippardinean economy, worth 80.6 trillion Fullers a year, is quite specialized and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Book Publishing, Beef-Based Agriculture, and Uranium Mining. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is 72,404 Fullers, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.0 times as much as the poorest.

School children asked "what is two times two?" are likely to form a symposium to discuss how different answers make them feel, Hannibal has just been declared ruler of Rippardine in an international press conference, social media sites prompt users to send birthday greetings to unresponsive nonagenarians, and the law is more interested in punishing crime than preventing it. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Rippardine's national animal is the Ravenstag, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

Rippardine is ranked 140,437th in the world and 318th in Forest for Most Politically Free, scoring 44.95 on the Diebold Election Inking Scale.

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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 4,084thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 4,665thMost Influential: 6,009thLargest Welfare Programs: 8,253rdMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 8,273rdTop
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Most Compassionate Citizens: 11,324thNicest Citizens: 11,407thLongest Average Lifespans: 13,234thHealthiest Citizens: 13,271stMost Pacifist: 14,609thBest Weather: 15,061stMost Advanced Public Education: 15,204thMost Inclusive: 15,251stMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 15,799thHighest Average Tax Rates: 16,202ndMost Advanced Public Transport: 16,450thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 17,498thMost Beautiful Environments: 17,804thMost Cultured: 18,715thLargest Publishing Industry: 19,971st
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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 45th in the region

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