by Max Barry

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Most Primitive: 1,727thLargest Agricultural Sector: 2,352ndMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 2,388th
The Grand Duchy of
Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
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Population3.901 billion

Leaderthe Grand Duke of Rivienland

CurrencyRivenlander guilder
AnimalRivienlander yellow warbler

The Grand Duchy of Rivienland is a massive, safe nation, ruled by the Grand Duke of Rivienland with an even hand, and remarkable for its ban on automobiles, avowedly heterosexual populace, and punitive income tax rates. The compassionate, cynical, devout population of 3.901 billion Rivienlanders have some civil rights, but not too many, enjoy the freedom to spend their money however they like, to a point, and take part in free and open elections, although not too often.

The enormous government juggles the competing demands of Environment, Education, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Hindeveen. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 76.4%.

The all-consuming Rivienlandian economy, worth 269 trillion Rivenlander guilders a year, is highly specialized and mostly made up of the Beef-Based Agriculture industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing, Cheese Exports, and Furniture Restoration. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is 69,079 Rivenlander guilders, with the richest citizens earning 6.0 times as much as the poorest.

People who have had childhood imaginary friends are told they can't ever be trusted with guns, the news is showing footage of the Grand Duke of Rivienland bullying an old man to the point of tears, treaties are taken to be mere rules of thumb, and skateboarding is considered a form of diplomacy. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Rivienland's national animal is the Rivienlander yellow warbler, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Catholicism.

Rivienland is ranked 116,053rd in the world and 164th in Forest for Most Pro-Market, scoring 43 on the Rand Index.

Most Primitive: 1,727thTop
Largest Agricultural Sector: 2,352ndMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 2,388thMost Devout: 2,460thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 4,143rdMost Influential: 4,890thMost Beautiful Environments: 5,891stMost Cultured: 5,908thBest Weather: 7,400thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 7,809thMost Advanced Public Education: 8,159thTop
Most Pacifist: 12,721stMost Compassionate Citizens: 14,783rdNicest Citizens: 15,890thHighest Average Tax Rates: 17,584thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 18,722ndLowest Crime Rates: 20,304th
Largest Agricultural Sector: 10th in the regionMost Devout: 19th in the regionMost Primitive: 22nd in the regionTop
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 36th in the region

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