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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 3,996thLargest Agricultural Sector: 4,656thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 4,827th
The Crumbling Underwater City of
Iron Fist Consumerists
No Gods or Kings. Only Man!
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The Rapture Republic

Population9.716 billion



The Crumbling Underwater City of The Rapture Republic is a colossal, environmentally stunning nation, remarkable for its smutty television, zero percent divorce rate, and frequent executions. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 9.716 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 1,796 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 18,471st in the world and 1st in The Union of Egoists for Largest Publishing Industry, scoring 8,348.96 on the Bella Potter Productivity e-Index.

Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 3,996thLargest Agricultural Sector: 4,656thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 4,827thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 6,153rdMost Scientifically Advanced: 6,389thLowest Crime Rates: 6,407thMost Corrupt Governments: 6,612thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 6,754thLargest Black Market: 7,030thMost Patriotic: 7,617thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 8,728thHighest Average Incomes: 9,118thLargest Governments: 9,769thLargest Information Technology Sector: 10,285thMost Advanced Public Transport: 10,461stLargest Insurance Industry: 10,501stHighest Economic Output: 10,875thSmartest Citizens: 11,016thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 11,674thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 11,914thHealthiest Citizens: 12,779thTop
Most Advanced Public Education: 12,951stMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 13,418thMost Secular: 13,676thHighest Average Tax Rates: 14,095thMost Efficient Economies: 15,039thMost Authoritarian: 17,980thMost Cultured: 18,083rdLargest Publishing Industry: 18,471stMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 21,673rdMost Developed: 21,781stMost Subsidized Industry: 22,219thLargest Mining Sector: 25,226th

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