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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 3,877thLargest Agricultural Sector: 4,319thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 4,447th
The Crumbling Underwater City of
Iron Fist Consumerists
No Gods or Kings. Only Man!
Influence
Eminence Grise
Civil Rights
Few
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Outlawed

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The Rapture Republic

Population8.24 billion

CapitalRapture
FaithChristianity

CurrencyDollar
AnimalLeviathan

The Crumbling Underwater City of The Rapture Republic is a colossal, efficient nation, renowned for its smutty television, disturbing lack of elderly people, and free-roaming dinosaurs. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 8.24 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 1,523 trillion Dollars 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 184,940 Dollars, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 617,595 per year while the poor average 41,200, 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 Christianity.

The Rapture Republic is ranked 10,653rd in the world and 1st in The Union of Egoists for Largest Furniture Restoration Industry, scoring 6,077.63 on the Spitz-Pollish Productivity Index.

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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 3,877thLargest Agricultural Sector: 4,319thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 4,447thMost Patriotic: 5,556thMost Corrupt Governments: 6,026thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 6,036thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 6,039thLowest Crime Rates: 6,051stMost Scientifically Advanced: 6,121stLargest Black Market: 6,663rdLargest Manufacturing Sector: 7,883rdHighest Average Incomes: 8,383rdLargest Governments: 9,239thLargest Information Technology Sector: 9,823rdLargest Insurance Industry: 9,845thMost Advanced Public Transport: 10,563rdLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 10,653rdSmartest Citizens: 10,852ndMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 10,907thHealthiest Citizens: 11,756thTop
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Highest Economic Output: 12,107thMost Advanced Public Education: 12,689thMost Secular: 12,986thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 13,402ndHighest Average Tax Rates: 13,572ndMost Efficient Economies: 14,197thMost Authoritarian: 16,441stMost Cultured: 17,676thLargest Publishing Industry: 17,736thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 19,520thMost Developed: 20,510thMost Subsidized Industry: 20,663rdLargest Mining Sector: 23,593rd

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