|Leader||Chancellor John Mercer|
The North Atlantic Settlement of The Rapture Republic is a colossal, orderly nation, ruled by Chancellor John Mercer with an iron fist, and notable for its state-planned economy, smutty television, and frequent executions. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 5.58 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 1,031 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.
Most Recent Government Activity:
- : The Rapture Republic published "Mr. Vonstein | Marshal For War" (Meta: Reference).
- : The Rapture Republic published "Oscar Mercer" (Meta: Reference).
- : The Rapture Republic published "Blaze Mercer" (Meta: Reference).
- : The Rapture Republic published "[WIP] Notable & Minor Characters" (Factbook: Miscellaneous).
- : The Rapture Republic published "Century Bay" (Meta: Reference).
- : The Rapture Republic published "Character" (Meta: Reference).
- : The Rapture Republic published "[overview]The Eternal Empire of Zakkia" (Meta: Reference).
- : The Rapture Republic published "[Military] VictorNet ~ Autonomous Defense Network" (Meta: Reference).
- : The Rapture Republic published "Pastor Joel Cooley" (Meta: Reference).
- : The Rapture Republic was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Highest Average Tax Rates.