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The Constitutional Monarchy of Kingdom of the Rook

“Forward, Together”

Category: Left-wing Utopia
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Regional Influence: Sprat

Location: The North Pacific


Kingdom of the Rook

Population6.602 billion

LeaderKing John I


The Constitutional Monarchy of Kingdom of the Rook is a colossal, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by King John I with a fair hand, and notable for its multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, smutty television, and sprawling nuclear power plants. The compassionate, democratic population of 6.602 billion Rooks are free to do what they want with their own bodies, and vote for whomever they like in elections; if they go into business, however, they are regulated to within an inch of their lives.

The large, liberal government juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Environment. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Hopewell. The average income tax rate is 96.1%.

The frighteningly efficient Rookish economy, worth a remarkable 1,098 trillion Credits a year, is quite specialized and led by the Tourism industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology, Book Publishing, and Arms Manufacturing. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 166,439 Credits, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

It isn't only obsequious grandees who produce a lot of manure at state occasions, motorists must pay to enter inner-cities during peak hours, construction of the Really Big Hadron Collider is underway, and the slowest students feel vaguely targeted by their Mendelian Inheritance coursework. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Kingdom of the Rook's national animal is the Rook, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Secularism.

Kingdom of the Rook is ranked 2,389th in the world and 150th in The North Pacific for Most Popular Tourist Destinations, with 2,393.8 Tourists Per Hour.

Least Corrupt Governments: 1,547thMost Compassionate Citizens: 1,727thNicest Citizens: 1,944thLongest Average Lifespans: 2,175thHealthiest Citizens: 2,234thBest Weather: 2,278thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 2,389thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2,400thTop
Safest: 2,616thLargest Welfare Programs: 2,770thMost Beautiful Environments: 2,995thLowest Crime Rates: 3,195thMost Developed: 3,242ndMost Inclusive: 3,295thLargest Publishing Industry: 3,440thMost Pacifist: 3,566thMost Cultured: 3,804thHighest Average Tax Rates: 3,897thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 4,097thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 4,170thSmartest Citizens: 4,338thMost Advanced Public Education: 4,425thLargest Governments: 4,656thHighest Poor Incomes: 4,780thMost Influential: 5,766thMost Cheerful Citizens: 5,864thMost Valuable International Artwork: 6,272ndMost Efficient Economies: 6,415thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 7,395thMost Advanced Public Transport: 7,423rdMost Subsidized Industry: 8,827thMost Scientifically Advanced: 9,449thHighest Average Incomes: 11,018thMost Secular: 11,909thTop
Largest Information Technology Sector: 15,347thHighest Economic Output: 16,501stMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 20,754thMost Income Equality: 23,476th
Least Corrupt Governments: 96th in the regionTop
Most Compassionate Citizens: 120th in the regionNicest Citizens: 129th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 131st in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 145th in the regionSafest: 147th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 150th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 151st in the regionBest Weather: 154th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 156th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 170th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 170th in the regionMost Cultured: 196th in the regionMost Developed: 196th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 204th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 212th in the regionMost Pacifist: 218th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 222nd in the regionMost Inclusive: 225th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 230th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 235th in the regionLargest Governments: 251st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 282nd in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 301st in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 306th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 307th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 352nd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 482nd in the regionTop
Highest Average Incomes: 512th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 521st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 532nd in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 560th in the regionMost Secular: 611th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 804th in the regionLargest Populations: 954th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 957th in the region

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