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Largest Agricultural Sector: 3,188thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 3,660thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 4,899th
The North Atlantic Settlement of
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The Rapture Republic

Population5.58 billion

LeaderChancellor John Mercer
FaithAquarian Christianity


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.

The Rapture Republic is ranked 187,584th in the world and 73rd in Azure Watester Federation for Longest Average Lifespans, with 62.72 Years.

Largest Agricultural Sector: 3,188thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 3,660thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 4,899thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 5,466thLowest Crime Rates: 5,532ndMost Advanced Defense Forces: 5,771stMost Corrupt Governments: 5,803rdMost Scientifically Advanced: 6,016thLargest Black Market: 6,804thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 7,228thHighest Average Incomes: 7,814thLargest Governments: 8,496thLargest Information Technology Sector: 9,243rdLargest Insurance Industry: 9,270thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 9,876thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 10,124thSmartest Citizens: 10,241stTop
Healthiest Citizens: 10,623rdMost Advanced Public Transport: 11,276thMost Advanced Public Education: 11,904thMost Efficient Economies: 12,209thMost Secular: 12,540thHighest Average Tax Rates: 12,609thMost Authoritarian: 15,641stHighest Economic Output: 16,287thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 16,685thLargest Publishing Industry: 16,928thMost Subsidized Industry: 17,637thMost Cultured: 17,914thMost Developed: 18,928thLargest Mining Sector: 19,691st
Most Advanced Public Transport: 6th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 8th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 8th in the region

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