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Highest Economic Output: 388th Largest Populations: 514th Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 570th
The Wysterian Arkleseizure of
Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
So long, and thanks for all the fish!
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Civil Rights
Very Good
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
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Ruperts

Population34.639 billion

CapitalStavromula Beta
LeaderPresident Zaphod Beeblebrox

CurrencyThumb
AnimalBabel Fish

The Wysterian Arkleseizure of Ruperts is a gargantuan, safe nation, ruled by President Zaphod Beeblebrox with an even hand, and remarkable for its museums and concert halls, absence of drug laws, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, democratic population of 34.639 billion Rupertians 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 minute government, or what there is of one, prioritizes Education, although Law & Order, Industry, and Defense are also considered important, while Social Policy and Welfare are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Stavromula Beta. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Rupertsian economy, worth a remarkable 9,422 trillion Thumbs a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Book Publishing industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Uranium Mining, and Automobile Manufacturing. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an amazing 272,015 Thumbs, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.2 times as much as the poorest.

Community-designed sword prostheses are becoming dangerously common, polygraphs are relegated to the dungeon exhibit in castle museums, young girls aren't having a ball but they are enjoying themselves, and for 25 Thumbs tourists can gawk at the site of national tragedy. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Ruperts's national animal is the Babel Fish, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to heavy metals seepage into national waterways.

Ruperts is ranked 10,184th in the world and 50th in Yggdrasil for Most Influential, scoring 3,782 on the Soft Power Disbursement Rating.

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Highest Economic Output: 388thLargest Populations: 514thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 570thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 652ndLowest Overall Tax Burden: 793rdHighest Disposable Incomes: 827thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 909thLargest Insurance Industry: 913thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 999thLargest Mining Sector: 1,028thLargest Publishing Industry: 1,284thMost Efficient Economies: 1,461stTop
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Highest Poor Incomes: 1,704thLargest Gambling Industry: 1,809thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1,828thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 2,015thHighest Average Incomes: 2,225thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 2,513thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2,879thSmartest Citizens: 3,164thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 3,298thSafest: 3,599thHealthiest Citizens: 3,739thLargest Retail Industry: 6,273rdMost Developed: 7,023rdTop
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Most Scientifically Advanced: 7,658thMost Cultured: 7,983rdMost Secular: 9,656thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 9,709thMost Influential: 10,184thLargest Information Technology Sector: 10,754thMost Avoided: 11,272ndLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 12,590thRudest Citizens: 12,746thLargest Black Market: 13,734thLowest Crime Rates: 13,734th
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Largest Populations: 1st in the regionTop
5%
Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 4th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 5th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 5th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 6th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 7th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 7th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 7th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 7th in the regionTop
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Largest Gambling Industry: 8th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 8th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 8th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 9th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 11th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 11th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 15th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Ruperts, for 25 Thumbs tourists can gawk at the site of national tragedy.
  • : Following new legislation in Ruperts, young girls aren't having a ball but they are enjoying themselves.
  • : Following new legislation in Ruperts, polygraphs are relegated to the dungeon exhibit in castle museums.
  • : Following new legislation in Ruperts, community-designed sword prostheses are becoming dangerously common.
  • : Ruperts was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Highest Poor Incomes.
  • : Following new legislation in Ruperts, people believe that if you teach a man to fish he won't buy fish from you any more.
  • : Following new legislation in Ruperts, corporate lawyers are joyfully combing through the new tax code for any new loopholes for their clients.
  • : Following new legislation in Ruperts, advertisements for jobs in the sciences run in fashion magazines.
  • : Following new legislation in Ruperts, prison reforms have replaced communal luaus with communal loos.
  • : Following new legislation in Ruperts, spontaneous nocturnal decapitation is considered 'death by natural causes' for enemies of Ruperts.

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