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Largest Agricultural Sector: 3,825thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 4,167thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 4,357th
The Crumbling Underwater City of
Iron Fist Consumerists
No Gods or Kings. Only Man!
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Political Freedom

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The Rapture Republic

Population7.313 billion



The Crumbling Underwater City of The Rapture Republic is a colossal, orderly nation, notable for its ubiquitous missile silos, parental licensing program, and punitive income tax rates. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 7.313 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 1,352 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 184,895 Dollars, 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 Christianity.

The Rapture Republic is ranked 11,512th in the world and 2nd in The Union of Egoists for Most Politically Apathetic Citizens, with 56.96 Whatever.

Largest Agricultural Sector: 3,825thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 4,167thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 4,357thLowest Crime Rates: 5,956thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 6,105thMost Scientifically Advanced: 6,149thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 6,242ndMost Corrupt Governments: 6,520thLargest Black Market: 7,501stLargest Manufacturing Sector: 7,853rdHighest Average Incomes: 8,342ndLargest Governments: 9,112thLargest Insurance Industry: 9,500thLargest Information Technology Sector: 9,919thSmartest Citizens: 10,790thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 10,888thMost Advanced Public Transport: 11,447thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 11,512thHealthiest Citizens: 11,698thTop
Most Advanced Public Education: 13,235thHighest Economic Output: 13,307thMost Secular: 13,606thMost Efficient Economies: 13,617thHighest Average Tax Rates: 14,186thMost Authoritarian: 14,725thLargest Publishing Industry: 16,763rdMost Cultured: 18,161stMost Developed: 20,315thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 20,410thMost Subsidized Industry: 20,671stLargest Mining Sector: 24,131st

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