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The Republic of NovaRain

“Hope for the best, prepare for the worst.”

Category: Civil Rights Lovefest
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Location: the Pacific



Population9.768 billion

CapitalNovaRain Citadel


The Republic of NovaRain is a colossal, efficient nation, ruled by Leader with a fair hand, and remarkable for its free-roaming dinosaurs, punitive income tax rates, and stringent health and safety legislation. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 9.768 billion NovaRainians hold their civil and political rights very dear, although the wealthy and those in business tend to be viewed with suspicion.

The medium-sized, liberal, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Education, Industry, and Environment. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of NovaRain Citadel. The income tax rate is 100%.

The frighteningly efficient NovaRainian economy, worth a remarkable 3,757 trillion Novas a year, is fairly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Tourism, Book Publishing, and Beef-Based Agriculture. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an amazing 384,715 Novas, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The art of conversation has been rediscovered, college athletes are arrested for selling lemonade, political speeches always take place at sunset to a background of patriotic power ballads, and political scientists despair as the national mascot election eclipses all others in voter enthusiasm. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. NovaRain's national animal is the Kiwi, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

NovaRain is ranked 794th in the world and 17th in the Pacific for Highest Average Tax Rates, with 100.3 Effective Tax Rate.

Least Corrupt Governments: 83rdLargest Cheese Export Sector: 135thMost Efficient Economies: 170thSafest: 214thHighest Poor Incomes: 257thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 287thSmartest Citizens: 300thMost Beautiful Environments: 319thMost Inclusive: 364thLargest Publishing Industry: 378thNicest Citizens: 382ndMost Scientifically Advanced: 391stMost Compassionate Citizens: 416thMost Secular: 420thLargest Agricultural Sector: 455thLargest Governments: 462ndMost Developed: 487thMost Cheerful Citizens: 496thMost Cultured: 504thMost Subsidized Industry: 510thLongest Average Lifespans: 552ndBest Weather: 588thMost Valuable International Artwork: 702ndHighest Average Tax Rates: 794thHealthiest Citizens: 835thHighest Average Incomes: 851stLargest Information Technology Sector: 925thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1,036thLowest Crime Rates: 1,049thMost Extensive Civil Rights: 1,295thMost Advanced Public Transport: 1,600thMost Advanced Public Education: 1,724thHighest Drug Use: 1,740thTop
Most Pacifist: 2,606thLargest Welfare Programs: 2,831stHighest Economic Output: 2,977thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 3,061stHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 3,507thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 4,513thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 5,233rdLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 7,894thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 8,195thNudest: 8,540thMost Stationary: 8,889thTop
Largest Retail Industry: 11,096thMost Politically Free: 11,767thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 12,225thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 13,452ndMost Influential: 14,027thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 14,341stMost Extreme: 18,709th
Most Extensive Civil Rights: 3rd in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 3rd in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 3rd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 4th in the regionSafest: 4th in the regionMost Inclusive: 6th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 6th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 6th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 7th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 7th in the regionNicest Citizens: 7th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 7th in the regionBest Weather: 8th in the regionMost Cultured: 10th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 10th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 10th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 11th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 11th in the regionLargest Governments: 12th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 13th in the regionMost Secular: 15th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 15th in the regionMost Developed: 16th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 16th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 17th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 19th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 20th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 22nd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 23rd in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 26th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 29th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 33rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 43rd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 46th in the regionMost Pacifist: 54th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 65th in the regionTop
Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 72nd in the regionMost Politically Free: 74th in the regionMost Stationary: 92nd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 104th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 116th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 155th in the regionLargest Populations: 167th in the regionMost Influential: 193rd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 200th in the regionNudest: 212th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 285th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 298th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 313th in the regionTop
Most Extreme: 352nd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 355th in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 374th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in NovaRain, political scientists despair as the national mascot election eclipses all others in voter enthusiasm.
  • : Following new legislation in NovaRain, political speeches always take place at sunset to a background of patriotic power ballads.
  • : Following new legislation in NovaRain, college athletes are arrested for selling lemonade.
  • : Following new legislation in NovaRain, the art of conversation has been rediscovered.
  • : Following new legislation in NovaRain, travel bureaus double as recruiting centers for national intelligence agencies.
  • : Following new legislation in NovaRain, stone wrist watches that weigh 20lb are the latest trend.
  • : Following new legislation in NovaRain, park rangers struggle to deal with a rash of stolen pic-a-nic baskets.
  • : Following new legislation in NovaRain, the Grinder at Fat Sal's Deli and Recycling Center is a national institution.
  • : Following new legislation in NovaRain, signatures have been replaced with illegible scribbles.
  • : Following new legislation in NovaRain, the latest Harry Potter book is a bestseller.


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