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The People's Republic of Rascium

“We Will Endure”

Category: Scandinavian Liberal Paradise
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Location: the South Pacific



Population1.219 billion

LeaderImmanuel Sianipar


The People's Republic of Rascium is a massive, socially progressive nation, ruled by Immanuel Sianipar with an even hand, and remarkable for its museums and concert halls, keen interest in outer space, and punitive income tax rates. The compassionate, democratic population of 1.219 billion Rasciumians enjoy extensive civil rights and enjoy a level of social equality free from the usual accompanying government corruption.

The enormous government juggles the competing demands of Administration, Education, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Vommangrad. The average income tax rate is 84.5%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Rasciumian economy, worth 136 trillion reichmarks a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is quite specialized, is led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing, Trout Farming, and Tourism. Average income is an impressive 111,630 reichmarks, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Dangerous criminals are often 'accidentally' sent on one-way trips to Maxtopia, the nation is ravaged by daily union strikes, birth rates have hit an all-time low, and there are six more weeks of winter if a northerner sees her shadow. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Rascium's national animal is the leopard, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Catholocism.

Rascium is ranked 8,713th in the world and 280th in the South Pacific for Most Developed, scoring 87.76 on the Human Development Index.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 2,242ndMost Influential: 2,908thMost Compassionate Citizens: 3,258thNicest Citizens: 3,304thMost Inclusive: 3,400thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 3,414thLeast Corrupt Governments: 3,813thMost Pacifist: 3,975thMost Cheerful Citizens: 5,052ndLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 5,308thSafest: 5,388thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 6,024thLargest Welfare Programs: 6,459thLargest Publishing Industry: 6,923rdTop
Most Advanced Public Education: 8,557thMost Developed: 8,713thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 9,502ndMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 9,523rdHighest Poor Incomes: 9,994thLongest Average Lifespans: 10,062ndHighest Average Tax Rates: 10,234thBest Weather: 10,250thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 10,560thMost Beautiful Environments: 11,847thMost Cultured: 12,845thSmartest Citizens: 13,023rdLargest Governments: 13,815thMost Scientifically Advanced: 14,003rdMost Income Equality: 14,236thHealthiest Citizens: 14,254thLowest Crime Rates: 14,266thMost Secular: 14,496thLargest Information Technology Sector: 14,516th
Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 112th in the regionNicest Citizens: 113th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 114th in the regionMost Inclusive: 119th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 139th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 143rd in the regionMost Pacifist: 144th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 150th in the regionSafest: 171st in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 187th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 190th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 240th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 251st in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 262nd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 267th in the regionMost Developed: 280th in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 285th in the regionTop
Highest Poor Incomes: 295th in the regionMost Influential: 322nd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 333rd in the regionBest Weather: 335th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 339th in the regionLargest Governments: 360th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 362nd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 370th in the regionMost Cultured: 376th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 399th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 403rd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 409th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 422nd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 446th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 453rd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 478th in the regionMost Secular: 490th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 516th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Rascium, there are six more weeks of winter if a northerner sees her shadow.
  • : Following new legislation in Rascium, birth rates have hit an all-time low.
  • : Following new legislation in Rascium, the nation is ravaged by daily union strikes.
  • : Following new legislation in Rascium, dangerous criminals are often 'accidentally' sent on one-way trips to Maxtopia.
  • : Following new legislation in Rascium, the government regularly publishes lengthy reports on its own excessive recordkeeping.
  • : Rascium voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Condemn The New Inquisition".
  • : Following new legislation in Rascium, attendance of fathers at PTA meetings is at an all-time high.
  • : Following new legislation in Rascium, funerals are often rudely interrupted by juggling clowns shouting for volunteers from the audience.
  • : Following new legislation in Rascium, reporters who negatively comment on politicians' haircuts are cut from the news.
  • : Rascium was reclassified from "Left-wing Utopia" to "Scandinavian Liberal Paradise".


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