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Largest Agricultural Sector: 3,180thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 3,664thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 4,901st
The North Atlantic Settlement of
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The Rapture Republic

Population5.644 billion

LeaderChancellor John Mercer
FaithAquarian Christianity


The North Atlantic Settlement of The Rapture Republic is a colossal, safe nation, ruled by Chancellor John Mercer with an iron fist, and renowned for its infamous sell-swords, digital currency, and enslaved workforce. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 5.644 billion Aquarians 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 medium-sized, corrupt, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Rapture. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 81.9%.

The frighteningly efficient Aquarian economy, worth a remarkable 1,043 trillion Denarii 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 a large, well-organized, broadly diversified black market in Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, Beef-Based Agriculture, and Tourism. 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 184,895 Denarii, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 617,445 per year while the poor average 41,190, a ratio of 15.0 to 1.

Spoiler warnings are now given out before political speeches, Aquarian junkies argue that poppy stalks are ornamental flowers, nuclear warheads are frequently launched into space as a warning to invading meteoroids, and stealing from a clothesline is a serious offence. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. The Rapture Republic's national animal is the Leviathan, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Aquarian Christianity.

The Rapture Republic is ranked 166,560th in the world and 70th in Azure Watester Federation for Most Pro-Market, scoring -58.78 on the Rand Index.

Largest Agricultural Sector: 3,180thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 3,664thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 4,901stLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 5,422ndLowest Crime Rates: 5,498thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 5,706thMost Corrupt Governments: 5,790thMost Scientifically Advanced: 6,001stLargest Black Market: 6,805thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 7,161stHighest Average Incomes: 7,795thLargest Governments: 8,463rdLargest Insurance Industry: 9,108thLargest Information Technology Sector: 9,241stMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 9,990thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 10,067thSmartest Citizens: 10,219thTop
Healthiest Citizens: 10,597thMost Advanced Public Transport: 11,312thMost Advanced Public Education: 11,942ndMost Efficient Economies: 12,215thMost Secular: 12,589thHighest Average Tax Rates: 12,607thMost Authoritarian: 15,043rdHighest Economic Output: 16,098thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 16,786thLargest Publishing Industry: 16,960thMost Subsidized Industry: 17,676thMost Cultured: 17,886thMost Developed: 18,919thLargest Mining Sector: 19,639th
Most Advanced Public Transport: 7th in the region

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