by Max Barry

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Best Weather: 338thMost Pacifist: 345thMost Compassionate Citizens: 364th
The Republic of
Democratic Socialists
Recedite, plebes! Gero rem imperialem!
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Population15.947 billion



The Republic of Runegeist is a gargantuan, socially progressive nation, notable for its teetotalling pirates, state-planned economy, and punitive income tax rates. The compassionate, democratic, humorless population of 15.947 billion Runegeistians are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The enormous, socially-minded 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 99.4%.

The frighteningly efficient Runegeistian economy, worth a remarkable 2,765 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 173,393 denarii, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Children gain their first sex education from reading the dictionary, the police are tightening their grip on alcohol smugglers, it's a long jump to get onto the housing ladder, and voting is voluntary. 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 616th in the world and 3rd in New Western Empire for Most Valuable International Artwork, with 864.85 Bank.

Best Weather: 338thMost Pacifist: 345thMost Compassionate Citizens: 364thMost Developed: 371stMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 375thLongest Average Lifespans: 415thLargest Welfare Programs: 453rdMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 464thHealthiest Citizens: 472ndNicest Citizens: 561stMost Valuable International Artwork: 616thMost Advanced Public Education: 653rdMost Subsidized Industry: 713thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 924thMost Influential: 926thLowest Crime Rates: 1,044thMost Beautiful Environments: 1,056thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1,125thMost Efficient Economies: 1,143rdHighest Average Tax Rates: 1,173rdHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1,320thLargest Governments: 1,803rdMost Inclusive: 1,950thSafest: 1,967thTop
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 3,190thHighest Poor Incomes: 3,407thSmartest Citizens: 3,497thMost Advanced Public Transport: 4,465thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 5,010thHighest Economic Output: 5,282ndHighest Average Incomes: 9,783rdMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 10,612thMost Scientifically Advanced: 11,289thTop
Largest Publishing Industry: 13,163rdMost Income Equality: 13,220thLargest Populations: 13,833rdMost Secular: 13,963rdLargest Information Technology Sector: 16,648th
Highest Average Tax Rates: 1st in the regionMost Developed: 1st in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 1st in the regionBest Weather: 1st in the regionMost Pacifist: 1st in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 1st in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1st in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 1st in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 1st in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1st in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 1st in the regionNicest Citizens: 2nd in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 2nd in the regionTop
Lowest Crime Rates: 3rd in the regionMost Influential: 3rd in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 3rd in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 3rd in the regionLargest Governments: 4th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 4th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 4th in the regionSafest: 4th in the regionMost Inclusive: 5th in the regionMost Income Equality: 6th in the regionLargest Populations: 7th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 9th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 10th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 11th in the regionTop
Most Stationary: 12th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 12th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 16th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 17th in the region

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