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Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 416thBest Weather: 465thMost Pacifist: 494th
The Republic of
Democratic Socialists
Recedite, plebes! Gero rem imperialem!
Influence
Diplomat
Civil Rights
Excellent
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Very Good

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Runegeist

Population15.004 billion

CapitalRome

Currencydenarius
Animaleagle

The Republic of Runegeist is a gargantuan, efficient nation, renowned for its infamous sell-swords, ban on automobiles, and punitive income tax rates. The compassionate, humorless population of 15.004 billion Runegeistians are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked, socially-minded morass — 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 98.6%.

The frighteningly efficient Runegeistian economy, worth a remarkable 2,294 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 quite specialized, is led by the Tourism industry, with major contributions from Information Technology and Book Publishing. Average income is an impressive 152,916 denarii, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Prisoners have been known to host cooking and home décor television shows, dog breeding has been banned in accordance with recent animal experimentation laws, the government has instituted 'traveller reservations' across the country, and five-year-olds who refuse to line up on command get gold stars. 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 13,433rd in the world and 36th in New Western Empire for Most Secular, with 83.78 Atheism Rate.

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Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 416thBest Weather: 465thMost Pacifist: 494thLongest Average Lifespans: 544thMost Compassionate Citizens: 548thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 579thHealthiest Citizens: 598thMost Subsidized Industry: 650thLargest Welfare Programs: 669thNicest Citizens: 873rdMost Advanced Public Education: 986thMost Influential: 1,234thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1,334thMost Developed: 1,405thLowest Crime Rates: 1,450thMost Efficient Economies: 1,490thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1,501stMost Beautiful Environments: 1,519thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1,554thHighest Average Tax Rates: 1,675thMost Valuable International Artwork: 1,905thTop
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Safest: 2,650thLargest Governments: 2,724thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3,188thMost Inclusive: 3,443rdMost Advanced Public Transport: 4,295thHighest Poor Incomes: 4,739thSmartest Citizens: 4,903rdHighest Economic Output: 6,349thTop
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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 11,692ndHighest Average Incomes: 12,924thMost Secular: 13,433rdLargest Populations: 14,069thMost Scientifically Advanced: 14,630thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 14,635thMost Income Equality: 14,789thLargest Publishing Industry: 21,341st
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Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 1st in the regionMost Pacifist: 1st in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1st in the regionBest Weather: 1st in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 1st in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 1st in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 1st in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 2nd in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 2nd in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 2nd in the regionNicest Citizens: 2nd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 2nd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 2nd in the regionTop
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Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 3rd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 3rd in the regionMost Developed: 3rd in the regionMost Influential: 4th in the regionLargest Populations: 4th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 5th in the regionSafest: 5th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 6th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 6th in the regionMost Income Equality: 7th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 7th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 9th in the regionMost Inclusive: 9th in the regionLargest Governments: 9th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 11th in the regionTop
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Highest Economic Output: 12th in the regionMost Stationary: 16th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 18th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Runegeist, five-year-olds who refuse to line up on command get gold stars.
  • : Following new legislation in Runegeist, the government has instituted 'traveller reservations' across the country.
  • : Runegeist was endorsed by The Pristine Land of Carceniae.
  • : Following new legislation in Runegeist, dog breeding has been banned in accordance with recent animal experimentation laws.
  • : Following new legislation in Runegeist, prisoners have been known to host cooking and home décor television shows.
  • : Runegeist was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Publishing Industry.
  • : Following new legislation in Runegeist, small children are learning a lot of new words from a teacher with Tourette Syndrome.
  • : Runegeist was endorsed by The Holy Dolorian Imperium of The Traditional States.
  • : Runegeist endorsed The Republic of Insulas Dives.
  • : Following new legislation in Runegeist, intellectual snobbery has the cognoscenti sneering at anyone who doesn't have an opinion on the semiological drift of Umberto Eco's works.

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