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Best Weather: 334thMost Pacifist: 347thMost Compassionate Citizens: 373rd
The Republic of
Scandinavian Liberal Paradise
Recedite, plebes! Gero rem imperialem!
Influence
Negotiator
Civil Rights
Excellent
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Very Good

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Runegeist

Population16.614 billion

CapitalRome

Currencydenarius
Animaleagle

The Republic of Runegeist is a gargantuan, environmentally stunning nation, renowned for its multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, prohibition of alcohol, and keen interest in outer space. The compassionate, humorless population of 16.614 billion Runegeistians enjoy extensive civil rights and enjoy a level of social equality free from the usual accompanying government corruption.

The enormous government juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Rome. The average income tax rate is 99.5%.

The frighteningly efficient Runegeistian economy, worth a remarkable 2,912 trillion denarii a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is highly specialized, is led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Tourism and Book Publishing. Average income is an impressive 175,282 denarii, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The national guard is mobilized whenever a mother gets separated from her child at the mall, the government has cut taxes in the face of widespread tax evasion, onions have been banned due to their tendency to cause eye irritation, and many of the unemployed have had the fight taken out of them. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Runegeist's national animal is the eagle, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

Runegeist is ranked 189,967th in the world and 163rd in New Western Empire for Most Conservative, scoring 30.46 on the Bush-Santorum Dawning Terror Index.

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Best Weather: 334thMost Pacifist: 347thMost Compassionate Citizens: 373rdMost Developed: 374thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 388thLargest Welfare Programs: 390thLongest Average Lifespans: 415thHealthiest Citizens: 469thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 487thNicest Citizens: 580thMost Advanced Public Education: 656thMost Subsidized Industry: 734thMost Influential: 804thLowest Crime Rates: 1,008thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1,009thMost Beautiful Environments: 1,011thMost Efficient Economies: 1,096thHighest Average Tax Rates: 1,157thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1,255thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1,447thLargest Governments: 1,760thMost Inclusive: 1,842ndSafest: 1,990thHighest Food Quality: 2,181stTop
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Most Valuable International Artwork: 2,874thSmartest Citizens: 3,437thHighest Poor Incomes: 3,893rdMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3,981stMost Advanced Public Transport: 4,350thHighest Economic Output: 5,159thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 5,370thHighest Average Incomes: 9,837thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 10,394thMost Scientifically Advanced: 11,070thTop
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Largest Publishing Industry: 12,219thLargest Populations: 13,658thMost Secular: 14,102ndLargest Information Technology Sector: 16,356thMost Income Equality: 18,766th
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Longest Average Lifespans: 1st in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 1st in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 1st in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1st in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 1st in the regionBest Weather: 1st in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 1st in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1st in the regionMost Developed: 1st in the regionTop
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Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 2nd in the regionNicest Citizens: 2nd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 2nd in the regionMost Pacifist: 2nd in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 2nd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 3rd in the regionMost Influential: 3rd in the regionSafest: 4th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 5th in the regionMost Inclusive: 5th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 5th in the regionLargest Populations: 5th in the regionHighest Food Quality: 6th in the regionLargest Governments: 6th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 6th in the regionMost Stationary: 8th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 8th in the regionMost Income Equality: 9th in the regionTop
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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 10th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 10th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 10th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 11th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 12th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 14th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Runegeist was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Highest Food Quality.
  • : Following new legislation in Runegeist, many of the unemployed have had the fight taken out of them.
  • : Following new legislation in Runegeist, onions have been banned due to their tendency to cause eye irritation.
  • : Following new legislation in Runegeist, the government has cut taxes in the face of widespread tax evasion.
  • : Following new legislation in Runegeist, the national guard is mobilized whenever a mother gets separated from her child at the mall.
  • : Following new legislation in Runegeist, young children are learning advanced physics to scientifically disprove the existence of Santa Claus.
  • : Following new legislation in Runegeist, the sparkling rainbow has become a symbol of far-right extremism.
  • : Following new legislation in Runegeist, conductors wield diamond-encrusted batons to fit in with their freshly gilded surroundings.
  • : Following new legislation in Runegeist, the seventh son of a seventh son is fated to be a millionaire.
  • : Following new legislation in Runegeist, the people are famous throughout the region for their perfect yellow teeth.

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