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The Empire of Rapture Novice

“Spes patriae decus”

Category: Psychotic Dictatorship
Civil Rights:
Few
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Rare

Regional Influence: Superpower

Location: Happy Utopia

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Rapture Novice

Population11.655 billion

CapitalGuadalajara
LeaderMatthew Westfield

CurrencyArmand
AnimalWolf

The Empire of Rapture Novice is a gargantuan, orderly nation, ruled by Matthew Westfield with an iron fist, and notable for its infamous sell-swords, digital currency, and compulsory military service. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 11.655 billion Rapture Noviceans are ruled without fear or favor by a psychotic dictator, who outlaws just about everything and refers to the populace as "my little playthings."

The enormous, corrupt, socially-minded, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Guadalajara. The average income tax rate is 96.2%.

The frighteningly efficient Rapture Novicean economy, worth a remarkable 1,566 trillion Armands a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector is led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology, Tourism, and Uranium Mining. Average income is an impressive 134,429 Armands, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.5 times as much as the poorest.

Museums have more touchscreens on display than artifacts, stealing from a clothesline is a serious offence, students who do not recite the national anthem each morning have to drop and give their teacher 50, and the nation's black ops are starting to get on people's nerves. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Rapture Novice's national animal is the Wolf, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Rapture Novice is ranked 129,375th in the world and 3rd in Happy Utopia for Largest Publishing Industry, scoring -2.21 on the Bella Potter Productivity e-Index.

Top
1%
Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 948thTop
5%
Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 2,495thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 2,642ndMost Advanced Defense Forces: 2,853rdMost Advanced Public Transport: 3,211thHighest Average Tax Rates: 3,485thLowest Crime Rates: 3,780thMost Subsidized Industry: 4,273rdMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 4,361stLargest Governments: 4,718thMost Corrupt Governments: 4,886thHealthiest Citizens: 6,092ndBest Weather: 6,253rdMost Beautiful Environments: 6,497thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 6,513thTop
10%
Highest Economic Output: 8,480thMost Advanced Public Education: 12,403rdMost World Assembly Endorsements: 12,571stMost Efficient Economies: 13,237thHighest Poor Incomes: 14,152ndMost Authoritarian: 15,371stMost Cultured: 16,183rdHighest Average Incomes: 16,225thMost Secular: 16,476thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 16,896th

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Rapture Novice lodged a message on the Happy Utopia Regional Message Board.
  • : Rapture Novice lodged a message on the Happy Utopia Regional Message Board.
  • : Rapture Novice was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Highest Economic Output and the Top 10% for Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector.
  • : Following new legislation in Rapture Novice, the nation's black ops are starting to get on people's nerves.
  • : Rapture Novice was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Secular.
  • : Rapture Novice was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Highest Average Incomes and Most Cultured.
  • : Rapture Novice's influence in Happy Utopia rose from "Power" to "Superpower".
  • : Following new legislation in Rapture Novice, students who do not recite the national anthem each morning have to drop and give their teacher 50.
  • : Following new legislation in Rapture Novice, stealing from a clothesline is a serious offence.
  • : Rapture Novice agreed to construct embassies between Happy Utopia and Nevaeh.

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