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The Riparian Procyonid Republic of Raccoon Creek

“Procyon ad litus invenitur”

Category: Liberal Democratic Socialists
Civil Rights:
Excellent
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
World Benchmark

Regional Influence: Minnow

Location: Forest

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Raccoon Creek

Population3.296 billion

CapitalCanterbury

CurrencyGuilder
AnimalRaccoon

The Riparian Procyonid Republic of Raccoon Creek is a massive, genial nation, renowned for its sprawling nuclear power plants, punitive income tax rates, and devotion to social welfare. The compassionate, democratic, devout population of 3.296 billion Raccoon Creekers love a good election, and the government gives them plenty of them. Universities tend to be full of students debating the merits of various civil and political rights, while businesses are tightly regulated and the wealthy viewed with suspicion.

The enormous, socially-minded, outspoken government prioritizes Education, although Healthcare, Administration, and Environment are also considered important, while Defense isn't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Canterbury. The average income tax rate is 91.3%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Raccoon Creek economy, worth 416 trillion Guilders a year, is quite specialized and led by the Tourism industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Book Publishing, and Basket Weaving. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 126,419 Guilders, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Saturday morning cartoons feature full frontal nudity, foreign policy is to avoid standing up to bullies, ambitious "businessmen" use their children to sell and advertise their products, and orthopaedics patients often have a bounce in their step. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Raccoon Creek's national animal is the Raccoon, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Raccoon Creek is ranked 215,772nd in the world and 387th in Forest for Rudest Citizens, with 8.29 Insults Per Minute.

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5%
Most Pacifist: 2,659thMost Compassionate Citizens: 3,131stNicest Citizens: 3,177thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 3,637thLargest Welfare Programs: 4,072ndBest Weather: 4,689thMost Cheerful Citizens: 4,729thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 5,041stLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 5,664thLongest Average Lifespans: 5,876thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 6,094thHealthiest Citizens: 6,175thMost Inclusive: 6,366thMost Advanced Public Education: 6,633rdMost Beautiful Environments: 6,866thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 6,923rdHighest Average Tax Rates: 7,410thMost Developed: 7,731stMost Cultured: 8,084thLowest Crime Rates: 8,500thLeast Corrupt Governments: 8,564thLargest Publishing Industry: 9,210thLargest Governments: 9,698thMost Advanced Public Transport: 9,920thMost Subsidized Industry: 10,100thSmartest Citizens: 10,511thTop
10%
Safest: 11,741stHighest Poor Incomes: 13,262ndMost Efficient Economies: 14,568thMost Politically Free: 18,221stMost Scientifically Advanced: 18,397thMost Devout: 19,142ndHighest Average Incomes: 20,123rdLargest Information Technology Sector: 21,762nd
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Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 24th in the regionMost Politically Free: 29th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 39th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Raccoon Creek altered its national flag.
  • : Raccoon Creek was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Information Technology Sector.
  • : Raccoon Creek altered its national flag.
  • : Raccoon Creek lodged a message on the Forest Regional Message Board.
  • : Raccoon Creek was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Smartest Citizens.
  • : Following new legislation in Raccoon Creek, orthopaedics patients often have a bounce in their step.
  • : Following new legislation in Raccoon Creek, ambitious "businessmen" use their children to sell and advertise their products.
  • : Following new legislation in Raccoon Creek, foreign policy is to avoid standing up to bullies.
  • : Following new legislation in Raccoon Creek, Saturday morning cartoons feature full frontal nudity.
  • : Raccoon Creek was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Valuable International Artwork.

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