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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 1,814th Most Devout: 2,217th Most Influential: 4,656th
The Sultanate of
Iron Fist Consumerists
Named after a lake.
Influence
Sprat
Civil Rights
Unheard Of
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Outlawed

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Riveristan

Population333 million

CapitalThe City

Currencydebt certificate
Animaldragon

The Sultanate of Riveristan is a huge, orderly nation, remarkable for its parental licensing program, triple-decker prams, and sprawling nuclear power plants. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, devout population of 333 million Riveristanis are kept under strict control by the oppressive government, which measures its success by the nation's GDP and refers to individual citizens as "human resources."

The large, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Education, Law & Order, and Spirituality. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of The City. The average income tax rate is 60.9%.

The frighteningly efficient Riveristani economy, worth 30.2 trillion debt certificates a year, is led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Tourism, Uranium Mining, and Retail. Average income is 90,838 debt certificates, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 4.5 times as much as the poorest.

The book "Zen and the Art of Dog Maintenance" is inexplicably a worldwide success, the government snoops on private internet connections, prisoners due for execution often use their final statement to complain about soggy bread rolls, and several citizens have complained about scientists abducting their pets for experimentation. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Riveristan's national animal is the dragon, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

Riveristan is ranked 135,524th in the world and 7,348th in The North Pacific for Lowest Overall Tax Burden, scoring -7.38 on the Hayek Index.

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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 1,814thMost Devout: 2,217thMost Influential: 4,656thLargest Mining Sector: 8,050thMost Pacifist: 8,362ndTop
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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 10,450thMost Conservative: 13,595thMost Authoritarian: 14,477thMost Corrupt Governments: 14,963rdLowest Crime Rates: 14,983rdBest Weather: 16,101stLargest Insurance Industry: 16,347th
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Most Devout: 90th in the regionTop
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Largest Mining Sector: 298th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 437th in the regionTop
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Most Pacifist: 464th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 571st in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 739th in the regionMost Conservative: 796th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 823rd in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 863rd in the regionBest Weather: 901st in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Riveristan was endorsed by The Theocracy of GRANDE IMPERIO ORIENTAL PAGAO EUDUARDO.
  • : Riveristan was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Pacifist.
  • : Following new legislation in Riveristan, several citizens have complained about scientists abducting their pets for experimentation.
  • : Following new legislation in Riveristan, prisoners due for execution often use their final statement to complain about soggy bread rolls.
  • : Following new legislation in Riveristan, the government snoops on private internet connections.
  • : Following new legislation in Riveristan, the book "Zen and the Art of Dog Maintenance" is inexplicably a worldwide success.
  • : Following new legislation in Riveristan, slavery has been abolished.
  • : Riveristan was endorsed by The Sawtooth Badlands of The Black Cathedral.
  • : Following new legislation in Riveristan, foreign heads of state have taken out restraining orders against Riveristani ambassadors.
  • : Following new legislation in Riveristan, celebrity foodies are biting a huge chunk out of the government budget.

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