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Largest Black Market: 1,093rd Fattest Citizens: 1,767th Highest Poor Incomes: 2,478th
The Most Serene Republic of
Father Knows Best State
Mors in Victoria
Bob
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Squire
Civil Rights
Good
Economy
Frightening
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Ruststraya

Population5.34 billion

CapitalThunder Dome
LeaderBob
FaithBobism

CurrencyBob
Animalblue-ringed octopus

The Most Serene Republic of Ruststraya is a colossal, efficient nation, ruled by Bob with an iron fist, and notable for its deadly medical pandemics, otherworldly petting zoo, and frequent executions. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless, devout population of 5.34 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 70.0%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Ruststrayan economy, worth a remarkable 1,125 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 Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, 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 amazing 210,830 Bobs, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Books are so highly regarded in Ruststraya that libraries are often revered as holy shrines, missionaries learn the hard way that their piercing spiritual insights are no match for arrows, cyber-crime and tin-foil hat sales are both increasing at record rates, and main battle tanks stalk the woods of Ruststraya in search of blue-ringed octopuses. 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 22,268th in the world and 183rd in Confederation of Corrupt Dictators for Highest Wealthy Incomes, with 274,764.8 Standard Monetary Units.

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Largest Black Market: 1,093rdTop
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Fattest Citizens: 1,767thHighest Poor Incomes: 2,478thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 2,588thLargest Agricultural Sector: 2,717thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 2,741stMost Armed: 2,742ndLargest Retail Industry: 2,995thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 3,365thMost Corrupt Governments: 3,484thLargest Gambling Industry: 4,112thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 4,117thHighest Average Incomes: 4,700thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 4,776thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 5,026thLargest Information Technology Sector: 6,652ndMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 7,074thTop
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Most Subsidized Industry: 8,625thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 9,288thMost Devout: 9,372ndHighest Drug Use: 9,474thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 9,976thMost Influential: 10,514thHighest Economic Output: 11,456thMost Scientifically Advanced: 11,513thMost Advanced Public Transport: 12,024thMost Avoided: 12,932ndLargest Governments: 13,221stMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 14,048thMost Advanced Public Education: 15,163rdMost Efficient Economies: 15,763rd
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Highest Drug Use: 9th in the regionMost Armed: 12th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 12th in the regionFattest Citizens: 18th in the regionLargest Black Market: 19th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 23rd in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 27th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 27th in the regionTop
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Largest Information Technology Sector: 39th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 40th in the regionLargest Populations: 43rd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 43rd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 46th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 46th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 47th in the regionMost Influential: 47th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 47th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 49th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 52nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 52nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 55th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 55th in the region

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