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The Invasion of Rain Delay

“Through Adversity to the Stars”

Category: Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
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Regional Influence: Dominator

Location: The Invaders


Rain Delay

Population17.9 billion

CapitalInvader Camp
LeaderQueen Rose
FaithThe Branch


The Invasion of Rain Delay is a gargantuan, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Queen Rose with an even hand, and renowned for its compulsory military service, frequent executions, and stringent health and safety legislation. The hard-nosed, hard-working, humorless, devout population of 17.9 billion Roseians 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 relatively small, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Law & Order, Defense, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Invader Camp. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 60.4%.

The frighteningly efficient Rain Delayian economy, worth a remarkable 4,008 trillion Raids a year, is fairly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Book Publishing, and Tourism. Black market activity is rampant. Average income is an amazing 223,933 Raids, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 724,894 per year while the poor average 52,238, a ratio of 13.9 to 1.

People reciting Shakespeare have become a common sight, the long arm of the law possesses a rather slow hand, government police forces protect public schools from the threat of protest, and the death penalty has been reintroduced. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Rain Delay's national animal is the Tiger, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is The Branch.

Rain Delay is ranked 71,198th in the world and 98th in The Invaders for Highest Foreign Aid Spending, scoring 340.25 on the Clooney Contribution Index.

Most Valuable International Artwork: 18thMost Influential: 364thLargest Black Market: 1,666thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1,774thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1,971stMost Devout: 2,144thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 2,241stTop
Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 2,300thHighest Economic Output: 2,739thLargest Information Technology Sector: 3,204thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 3,322ndMost Scientifically Advanced: 3,432ndLargest Publishing Industry: 4,532ndMost Corrupt Governments: 4,584thHighest Average Incomes: 4,636thSmartest Citizens: 6,454thLowest Crime Rates: 6,465thMost Developed: 6,472ndMost World Assembly Endorsements: 6,918thMost Efficient Economies: 6,931stHealthiest Citizens: 8,127thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 8,235thHighest Disposable Incomes: 8,314thLargest Populations: 8,602ndLongest Average Lifespans: 9,596thMost Stationary: 9,619thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 9,811thMost Cultured: 10,917thTop
Most Beautiful Environments: 12,256thLargest Governments: 13,133rdLargest Soda Pop Sector: 13,194thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 13,331stMost Subsidized Industry: 13,429thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 14,651stLargest Cheese Export Sector: 15,358thMost Inclusive: 18,281st
Most Scientifically Advanced: 1st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 1st in the regionMost Influential: 1st in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 1st in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 1st in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 2nd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 2nd in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 2nd in the regionTop
Most Developed: 3rd in the regionMost Stationary: 3rd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 3rd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 3rd in the regionMost Cultured: 3rd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 4th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 4th in the regionLargest Black Market: 4th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 4th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 4th in the regionMost Devout: 4th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 4th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 5th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 7th in the regionMost Inclusive: 7th in the regionLargest Governments: 7th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 8th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 8th in the regionLargest Populations: 8th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 9th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 9th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 12th in the regionTop
Most Advanced Public Education: 15th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 15th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 16th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 20th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Rain Delay, the death penalty has been reintroduced.
  • : Following new legislation in Rain Delay, government police forces protect public schools from the threat of protest.
  • : Following new legislation in Rain Delay, the long arm of the law possesses a rather slow hand.
  • : Rain Delay was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Largest Furniture Restoration Industry and the Top 5% for Most Cultured.
  • : Following new legislation in Rain Delay, people reciting Shakespeare have become a common sight.
  • : Following new legislation in Rain Delay, the Department of Health is snowed under by requests for crisper ciabatta and tenderer tagliatelle.
  • : Following new legislation in Rain Delay, wrongful arrests abound as 'criminals' blame the guy next to them.
  • : Following new legislation in Rain Delay, 4-year-olds studying for their mathematics exams are anxious that they will be unemployable in adulthood if they fail.
  • : Rain Delay voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Condemn The Land of Kings and Emperors".
  • : Rain Delay voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Ending School Segregation".


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