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The Free Land of Rakorsha

“Freedom is everything, give me freedom or give me death”

Category: New York Times Democracy
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Regional Influence: Minnow

Location: Lazarus



Population740 million



The Free Land of Rakorsha is a huge, socially progressive nation, notable for its compulsory military service, frequent executions, and punitive income tax rates. The compassionate, democratic population of 740 million Rakorshans enjoy a sensible mix of personal and economic freedoms, while the political process is open and the people's right to vote held sacrosanct.

The large, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Welfare, Education, and Defense. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Dorskovir. The average income tax rate is 56.6%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The Rakorshan economy, worth 39.4 trillion Notes a year, is highly specialized and led by the Trout Farming industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology, Book Publishing, and Pizza Delivery. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is 53,282 Notes, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Condos feature wall-mounted cages containing endangered animals, it can be a real jungle in a modern courtroom, bitter pastors forced to officiate gay marriage 'accidentally' pronounce couples "husband and abomination", and international organisations everywhere are united in their condemnation of the nation's zombified military (Rakorsha has found 1 easter egg). Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Rakorsha's national animal is the Vulture.

Rakorsha is ranked 164,535th in the world and 6,923rd in Lazarus for Largest Gambling Industry, scoring -15.72 on the Kelly Criterion Productivity Index.

Largest Trout Fishing Sector: 4,229thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 6,161stTop
Most Politically Free: 8,526thLargest Welfare Programs: 16,806th
Largest Trout Fishing Sector: 167th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 218th in the regionMost Politically Free: 337th in the region

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