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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 1,430thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2,701stMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 3,331st
The Region of
Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
Just Try To Surrvive
Influence
Powerbroker
Region
Civil Rights
Very Good
Economy
Powerhouse
Political Freedom
Good

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The Ringing Mountains

Population5.359 billion

CapitalThe Ringing Mountains
LeaderThe Mountain Raider
FaithPreservers

Currencygold piece
Animalbraxat

The Region of The Ringing Mountains is a colossal, safe nation, ruled by The Mountain Raider with an even hand, and notable for its ban on automobiles, free-roaming dinosaurs, and devotion to social welfare. The hard-nosed population of 5.359 billion Ringing Mountainsians have some civil rights, but not too many, enjoy the freedom to spend their money however they like, to a point, and take part in free and open elections, although not too often.

The government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked morass — juggles the competing demands of Environment, Education, and Defense. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of The Ringing Mountains. The average income tax rate is 93.5%.

The powerhouse Ringing Mountainsian economy, worth 535 trillion gold pieces 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 slick, highly efficient, quite specialized black market in Arms Manufacturing, Retail, Soda Sales, and Book Publishing. 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 99,915 gold pieces, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 4.9 times as much as the poorest.

The nation's industries are scrambling to switch to biodegradable plastics, UFO sightings are listed daily in the morning news, family trees become bare as entire branches are lopped off, and belligerent citizens shoot at passing clouds for 'violating their airspace'. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. The Ringing Mountains's national animal is the braxat, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Preservers.

The Ringing Mountains is ranked 232,756th in the world and 3rd in Athas for Largest Insurance Industry, scoring -13.15 on the Risk Expulsion Effectiveness Rating.

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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 1,430thTop
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Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2,701stMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 3,331stMost Advanced Public Transport: 3,772ndHighest Average Tax Rates: 6,229thMost Rebellious Youth: 7,769thRudest Citizens: 10,678thMost Beautiful Environments: 11,190thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 11,214thTop
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Largest Governments: 12,206thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 12,774thLargest Welfare Programs: 12,841stMost Advanced Public Education: 13,777thMost Subsidized Industry: 14,519thLargest Black Market: 15,174thBest Weather: 15,511thMost Cheerful Citizens: 16,381stMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 17,666thHighest Drug Use: 18,832ndMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 20,138th

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : The Ringing Mountains was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Valuable International Artwork.
  • : The Ringing Mountains was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Valuable International Artwork.
  • : The Ringing Mountains was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Governments.
  • : The Ringing Mountains was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Governments.
  • : Following new legislation in The Ringing Mountains, belligerent citizens shoot at passing clouds for 'violating their airspace'.
  • : The Ringing Mountains was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Governments.
  • : The Ringing Mountains was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Governments.
  • : Following new legislation in The Ringing Mountains, family trees become bare as entire branches are lopped off.
  • : Following new legislation in The Ringing Mountains, UFO sightings are listed daily in the morning news.
  • : Following new legislation in The Ringing Mountains, the nation's industries are scrambling to switch to biodegradable plastics.

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