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The Grandvassal Interstelaria of Ratakosha

“Strength Through Compliance and Unity”

Category: Civil Rights Lovefest
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Regional Influence: Apprentice

Location: The Free Nations Region



Population540 million


Animalvoid cloud

The Grandvassal Interstelaria of Ratakosha is a huge, socially progressive nation, renowned for its parental licensing program, irreverence towards religion, and suspicion of poets. The compassionate, democratic population of 540 million Ratakoshans hold their civil and political rights very dear, although the wealthy and those in business tend to be viewed with suspicion.

The large, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Education, Industry, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Shtramberra. The average income tax rate is 70.1%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Ratakoshan economy, worth 58.2 trillion xnamies a year, is quite specialized and led by the Trout Farming industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology, Tourism, and Beef-Based Agriculture. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 107,858 xnamies, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Laser-wielding robots are taking aim at human hearts, the entire entry for Ratakosha in the Hitchhiker's Guide to the World reads 'mostly harmless', the government has begun breaking all large businesses into thousands of mom-and-pop general stores, and the rich tend their gardens inside gated urban farming communities. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Ratakosha's national animal is the void cloud, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Ratakosha is ranked 77,854th in the world and 216th in The Free Nations Region for Largest Basket Weaving Sector, scoring 2,508.28 on the Hickory Productivity Index.

Largest Trout Fishing Sector: 121stTop
Most Valuable International Artwork: 2,502ndMost World Assembly Endorsements: 4,736thMost Influential: 5,353rdMost Secular: 6,756thLargest Agricultural Sector: 10,025thTop
Most Compassionate Citizens: 12,154thMost Developed: 12,789thMost Advanced Public Transport: 14,333rdNicest Citizens: 14,541stMost Subsidized Industry: 14,605thMost Advanced Public Education: 14,861stMost Pacifist: 15,006thMost Inclusive: 15,503rdHighest Poor Incomes: 15,625thHighest Drug Use: 15,996thHealthiest Citizens: 17,322ndLongest Average Lifespans: 17,591stSafest: 17,992ndHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 19,025thSmartest Citizens: 19,647thLowest Crime Rates: 20,275thMost Efficient Economies: 20,311thMost Politically Free: 20,717th
Largest Trout Fishing Sector: 1st in the regionTop
Most Valuable International Artwork: 13th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 18th in the regionMost Politically Free: 23rd in the regionTop
Most Secular: 26th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 28th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 35th in the regionMost Influential: 36th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 38th in the regionMost Developed: 43rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 43rd in the region

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