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Most Devout: 1,931stMost World Assembly Endorsements: 1,932ndMost Influential: 3,198th
The Rat Papacy of
Iron Fist Consumerists
Life is a mere test from the Lord
Rat Pope Zephyrinus
Civil Rights
Unheard Of
Political Freedom

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The Holy Rat

Population1.169 billion

CapitalThe Rattican
LeaderRat Pope Zephyrinus

CurrencyPapal Solidus

The Rat Papacy of The Holy Rat is a massive, efficient nation, ruled by Rat Pope Zephyrinus with an iron fist, and renowned for its frequent executions, fear of technology, and prohibition of alcohol. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless, devout population of 1.169 billion Rats are kept under strict control by the oppressive government, which measures its success by the nation's GDP and refers to individual citizens as "human resources."

The large, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Law & Order, Defense, and Spirituality. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of The Rattican. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 64.2%.

The all-consuming Ratish economy, worth 117 trillion Papal Soliduses a year, is quite specialized and dominated by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Woodchip Exports, Beef-Based Agriculture, and Furniture Restoration. Black market activity is rampant. Average income is an impressive 100,734 Papal Soliduses, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 447,289 per year while the poor average 14,144, a ratio of 31.6 to 1.

The clergy of Ratholicism remains a single-sex institution, official medical guidelines insist that childbirth is 'almost totally painless', mantis shrimp studies is academia's fastest-growing field, and the hills are alive with the smell of burning flesh. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. The Holy Rat's national animal is the Rat, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is Ratholicism.

The Holy Rat is ranked 290,837th in the world and 10,192nd in The East Pacific for Fattest Citizens, with 5.9 Obesity Rate.

Most Devout: 1,931stMost World Assembly Endorsements: 1,932ndTop
Most Influential: 3,198thMost Patriotic: 4,378thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 4,396thMost Primitive: 8,468thLargest Agricultural Sector: 8,717thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 9,536thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 11,030thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 11,437thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 13,248thMost Authoritarian: 14,021stMost Valuable International Artwork: 14,189thTop
Most Advanced Defense Forces: 15,755thMost Conservative: 16,337thMost Corrupt Governments: 18,786thLargest Welfare Programs: 18,797thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 26,806thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 27,725thLongest Average Lifespans: 28,565thHealthiest Citizens: 29,322ndLowest Crime Rates: 29,480th
Most Devout: 45th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 65th in the regionTop
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 110th in the regionMost Patriotic: 110th in the regionMost Influential: 138th in the regionMost Primitive: 168th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 182nd in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 183rd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 185th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 204th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 222nd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 277th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 281st in the regionLargest Black Market: 283rd in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 340th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 439th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 517th in the regionTop
Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 531st in the regionMost Authoritarian: 540th in the regionMost Conservative: 624th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 701st in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 719th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 769th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 805th in the regionMost Developed: 808th in the regionLargest Governments: 850th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 882nd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 905th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 922nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 1,034th in the region

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