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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 5,293rdMost Influential: 5,354thMost Secular: 5,577th
The Republic of
New York Times Democracy
Tryst with Destiny
Vortex
Influence
Shoeshiner
Civil Rights
Good
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Superb

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Ritzel

Population988 million

CapitalRitzville
LeaderVortex

CurrencyRitz
AnimalPenguin

The Republic of Ritzel is a huge, genial nation, ruled by Vortex with a fair hand, and remarkable for its public floggings, pith helmet sales, and irreverence towards religion. The compassionate, democratic population of 988 million Ritzelians enjoy a sensible mix of personal and economic freedoms, while the political process is open and the people's right to vote held sacrosanct.

The medium-sized, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Ritzville. The average income tax rate is 50.9%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Ritzelian economy, worth 117 trillion Ritzes a year, is fairly diversified and dominated by the Tourism industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology, Book Publishing, and Cheese Exports. Average income is an impressive 119,025 Ritzes, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.5 times as much as the poorest.

Business owners return from long vacations to find their factories have been turned into homeless shelters, heavy industry must go to expensive lengths to dispose of waste, earthquake sirens are a leading cause of hearing loss, and the government extracts trade concessions from poor nations in exchange for humanitarian aid. Crime is totally unknown. Ritzel's national animal is the Penguin, which frolics freely in the nation's sparkling oceans.

Ritzel is ranked 23,204th in the world and 717th in the South Pacific for Smartest Citizens, with 57.22 quips per hour.

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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 5,293rdMost Influential: 5,354thMost Secular: 5,577thMost Cheerful Citizens: 10,440thMost Rebellious Youth: 10,839thMost Valuable International Artwork: 11,766thTop
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Nicest Citizens: 15,246thMost Inclusive: 15,707thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 16,825thLargest Publishing Industry: 16,848thMost Developed: 17,111thMost Compassionate Citizens: 17,144thHighest Food Quality: 17,726thLargest Welfare Programs: 18,183rdMost Advanced Public Transport: 20,367thMost Cultured: 20,613thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 22,095thHighest Poor Incomes: 22,737thSmartest Citizens: 23,204thLongest Average Lifespans: 24,673rdMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 26,400thHighest Average Incomes: 26,619th
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Most Secular: 176th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 265th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 342nd in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 365th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 487th in the regionMost Developed: 519th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 530th in the regionNicest Citizens: 549th in the regionMost Influential: 562nd in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 569th in the regionMost Inclusive: 578th in the regionHighest Food Quality: 602nd in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 619th in the regionTop
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Nudest: 629th in the regionMost Cultured: 640th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 658th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 660th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 710th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 712th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 716th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 717th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 752nd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 792nd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 797th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 811th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 813th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 823rd in the regionLargest Governments: 883rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 897th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 923rd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1,140th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1,157th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Ritzel was endorsed by The Confederacy of Tyflugian.
  • : Ritzel was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Eco-Friendly Governments and Highest Average Incomes.
  • : Following new legislation in Ritzel, the government extracts trade concessions from poor nations in exchange for humanitarian aid.
  • : Following new legislation in Ritzel, earthquake sirens are a leading cause of hearing loss.
  • : Following new legislation in Ritzel, heavy industry must go to expensive lengths to dispose of waste.
  • : Following new legislation in Ritzel, business owners return from long vacations to find their factories have been turned into homeless shelters.
  • : Following new legislation in Ritzel, the experimental sculpture "Overtures In Dried Penguin Dung" has been declared a national treasure.
  • : Ritzel endorsed The Kingdom of Shadeth.
  • : Following new legislation in Ritzel, the government is notorious for leaving citizens with almost nothing from their inheritance.
  • : Following new legislation in Ritzel, surrealist houses shaped like mushrooms and volcanoes dominate the wealthiest neighborhoods.

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