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Largest Black Market: 1,411th Most Influential: 1,660th Fattest Citizens: 1,978th
The Most Serene Republic of
Father Knows Best State
Mors in Victoria
Bob
Influence
Squire
Civil Rights
Very Good
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Rare

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Ruststraya

Population4.818 billion

CapitalThunder Dome
LeaderBob
FaithBobism

CurrencyBob
Animalblue-ringed octopus

The Most Serene Republic of Ruststraya is a massive, socially progressive nation, ruled by Bob with an iron fist, and renowned for its otherworldly petting zoo, state-planned economy, and pith helmet sales. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless, devout population of 4.818 billion Ruststrayans are ruled by a mostly-benevolent dictator, who grants the populace the freedom to live their own lives but watches carefully for anyone to slip up.

The medium-sized, corrupt, well-organized government is primarily concerned with Defense, although Education, Industry, and Environment are also considered important, while Welfare and Social Policy receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Thunder Dome. The average income tax rate is 67.3%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Ruststrayan economy, worth 920 trillion Bobs a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is an enormous, deeply entrenched, broadly diversified black market in Information Technology, Arms Manufacturing, Retail, and Gambling. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is an impressive 191,051 Bobs, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Historical commemorations regularly devolve into militaristic jingoism, the police force is rumoured to be made up of evil shadows with no souls, police struggle to solve crimes due to the lack of fingerprint records, and traffic jams are a common sight due to construction work from a massive overhaul of the nation's freeways. Crime is moderate, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. Ruststraya's national animal is the blue-ringed octopus, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Bobism.

Ruststraya is ranked 161,426th in the world and 502nd in Confederation of Corrupt Dictators for Least Corrupt Governments, with 33.1 Percentage Of Bribes Refused.

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Largest Black Market: 1,411thTop
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Most Influential: 1,660thFattest Citizens: 1,978thLargest Agricultural Sector: 2,070thHighest Poor Incomes: 2,788thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 2,823rdMost Armed: 3,166thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 3,653rdLargest Gambling Industry: 4,064thMost Corrupt Governments: 4,331stLargest Retail Industry: 5,252ndHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 5,285thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 5,803rdMost World Assembly Endorsements: 6,054thHighest Average Incomes: 6,299thLargest Information Technology Sector: 6,504thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 7,260thTop
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Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 8,738thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 8,868thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 10,684thMost Scientifically Advanced: 11,724thMost Subsidized Industry: 12,269thMost Advanced Public Transport: 12,545thHighest Economic Output: 14,009thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 15,337thLargest Governments: 16,184thMost Avoided: 16,186thLargest Insurance Industry: 16,264thMost Devout: 16,495thMost Advanced Public Education: 16,518th
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Most Influential: 2nd in the regionTop
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Largest Agricultural Sector: 12th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 12th in the regionFattest Citizens: 13th in the regionLargest Black Market: 15th in the regionMost Armed: 19th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 24th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 24th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 24th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 28th in the regionTop
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Largest Pizza Delivery Sector: 29th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 38th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 40th in the regionLargest Populations: 40th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 43rd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 45th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 45th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 46th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 48th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 49th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 52nd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 54th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 54th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Ruststraya was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Advanced Public Education and Most Devout.
  • : Ruststraya was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Avoided and Largest Insurance Industry.
  • : Ruststraya voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Condemn Chan Island".
  • : Following new legislation in Ruststraya, traffic jams are a common sight due to construction work from a massive overhaul of the nation's freeways.
  • : Following new legislation in Ruststraya, police struggle to solve crimes due to the lack of fingerprint records.
  • : Following new legislation in Ruststraya, the police force is rumoured to be made up of evil shadows with no souls.
  • : Following new legislation in Ruststraya, historical commemorations regularly devolve into militaristic jingoism.
  • : Following new legislation in Ruststraya, the nation's green cities are indeed concrete jungles.
  • : Ruststraya was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Devout.
  • : Ruststraya was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Manufacturing Sector and the Top 10% for Largest Governments.

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