by Max Barry

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Rudest Citizens: 109th Largest Retail Industry: 320th Largest Soda Pop Sector: 335th
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Population4.617 billion

FaithWay of the Knight


The Empire of Ritterdorf is a massive, efficient nation, renowned for its otherworldly petting zoo, frequent executions, and irreverence towards religion. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic population of 4.617 billion Ritterdorfians live in a state of perpetual fear, as a complete breakdown of social order has led to the rise of order through biker gangs.

The relatively small, corrupt, liberal, pro-business, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Industry, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Ritterdorfia. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 56.5%.

The frighteningly efficient Ritterdorfian economy, worth a remarkable 1,616 trillion rittergolds a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Retail, Arms Manufacturing, and Soda Sales. Black market activity is rampant. Average income is an amazing 350,102 rittergolds, with the richest citizens earning 7.7 times as much as the poorest.

Major boxing matches are held in government buildings, terrorist videos start by thanking their sponsors, the national security service are a bunch of crooks, and a small country is wondering where their capitol building's gold dome went. Crime, especially youth-related, is all-pervasive, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. Ritterdorf's national animal is the knight, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Way of the Knight.

Ritterdorf is ranked 8,730th in the world and 23rd in New Western Empire for Largest Insurance Industry, scoring 5,713.68 on the Risk Expulsion Effectiveness Rating.

Rudest Citizens: 109thLargest Retail Industry: 320thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 335thFattest Citizens: 542ndMost Armed: 562ndLargest Gambling Industry: 711thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 841stHighest Crime Rates: 880thHighest Average Incomes: 904thLargest Black Market: 927thMost Avoided: 1,029thMost Subsidized Industry: 1,054thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1,292ndTop
Highest Wealthy Incomes: 1,645thMost Rebellious Youth: 1,807thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1,888thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 2,032ndLargest Mining Sector: 2,067thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2,256thLargest Information Technology Sector: 2,290thMost Influential: 2,338thMost Scientifically Advanced: 2,643rdMost Advanced Defense Forces: 2,670thHighest Disposable Incomes: 2,869thLargest Publishing Industry: 2,940thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 2,977thMost Corrupt Governments: 3,057thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 3,086thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3,318thNudest: 3,441stMost Cultured: 5,290thLargest Welfare Programs: 5,549thHighest Drug Use: 5,861stLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 6,338thHighest Poor Incomes: 6,448thMost Efficient Economies: 6,511thLargest Governments: 6,599thSmartest Citizens: 6,792ndHighest Economic Output: 7,612thTop
Largest Insurance Industry: 8,730thMost Politically Free: 11,242ndMost Advanced Public Education: 12,072ndMost Extensive Civil Rights: 14,185thMost Pro-Market: 14,252ndMost Secular: 15,164th
Fattest Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the regionRudest Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 2nd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 2nd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 2nd in the regionTop
Most Armed: 3rd in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 3rd in the regionLargest Black Market: 3rd in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 3rd in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 4th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 4th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 5th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 5th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 5th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 5th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 5th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 5th in the regionNudest: 5th in the regionMost Avoided: 5th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 5th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 5th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 7th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 7th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 7th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 7th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 8th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 9th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 9th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 9th in the regionMost Extreme: 10th in the regionTop
Most Extensive Civil Rights: 11th in the regionMost Cultured: 12th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 13th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 14th in the regionMost Politically Free: 14th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 16th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 17th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 18th in the regionMost Influential: 18th in the regionLargest Governments: 18th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 19th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Ritterdorf was endorsed by The Confederacy of New Jakobly.
  • : Ritterdorf's influence in New Western Empire rose from "Squire" to "Apprentice".
  • : Ritterdorf voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Condemn Durkadurkiranistan II".
  • : Ritterdorf voted for the World Assembly Resolution "World Assembly Justice Accord".
  • : Following new legislation in Ritterdorf, a small country is wondering where their capitol building's gold dome went.
  • : Following new legislation in Ritterdorf, the national security service are a bunch of crooks.
  • : Following new legislation in Ritterdorf, terrorist videos start by thanking their sponsors.
  • : Ritterdorf's influence in New Western Empire fell from "Apprentice" to "Squire".
  • : Ritterdorf was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Highest Wealthy Incomes.
  • : Following new legislation in Ritterdorf, major boxing matches are held in government buildings.


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