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The DeLeontologist of Ratateague

“ᴀʟʟ ɍᴀᴛʜᴇʀs ᴄᴀʀᴇ ɍѳʀ ᴛʜᴇɪʀ sѳɴs”

Category: Left-wing Utopia
Civil Rights:
Superb
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
World Benchmark

Regional Influence: Auxiliary

Location: Democratic Socialist Assembly

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Ratateague

Population20.791 billion

CapitalHoltmímir

Currencylabor credit
Animalflying squirrel

The DeLeontologist of Ratateague is a gargantuan, environmentally stunning nation, renowned for its smutty television, anti-smoking policies, and rampant corporate plagiarism. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful, devout population of 20.791 billion Ratatekkers are free to do what they want with their own bodies, and vote for whomever they like in elections; if they go into business, however, they are regulated to within an inch of their lives.

The medium-sized, socially-minded, outspoken government prioritizes Education, with Environment, Healthcare, and Social Policy also on the agenda, while Defense and Spirituality are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Holtmímir. The income tax rate is 100%.

The frighteningly efficient Ratatasque economy, worth a remarkable 7,922 trillion labor credits 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 Tourism industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing, Information Technology, and Furniture Restoration. Average income is an amazing 381,061 labor credits, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Hipster cyclists declare that "metal is dead", RPG fans reminisce fondly about when people thought they were evil and dangerous rather than geeky and socially inept, the weather report is the prisoners' favourite programme, and children as young as eight can present logical proofs for the existence of the afterlife. Crime is totally unknown. Ratateague's national animal is the flying squirrel, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

Ratateague is ranked 32,217th in the world and 37th in Democratic Socialist Assembly for Most Extreme, scoring 31.51 on the Paul-Nader Subjective Decentrality Index.

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Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 1stLeast Corrupt Governments: 2ndSafest: 10thHealthiest Citizens: 12thMost Developed: 13thLongest Average Lifespans: 16thNicest Citizens: 24thMost Compassionate Citizens: 24thMost Pacifist: 28thBest Weather: 30thMost Cheerful Citizens: 34thMost Inclusive: 38thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 67thSmartest Citizens: 74thMost Beautiful Environments: 89thLargest Publishing Industry: 116thMost Cultured: 122ndMost Advanced Public Education: 129thHighest Poor Incomes: 144thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 228thMost Rebellious Youth: 264thLargest Governments: 294thMost Valuable International Artwork: 354thHighest Average Tax Rates: 461stMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 485thMost Influential: 576thLowest Crime Rates: 591stHighest Economic Output: 689thMost Efficient Economies: 706thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 806thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 822ndHighest Average Incomes: 865thMost Advanced Public Transport: 977thMost Scientifically Advanced: 1,056thMost Devout: 1,584thLargest Information Technology Sector: 1,712thTop
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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 3,580thMost Subsidized Industry: 5,469thLargest Populations: 5,671stMost Income Equality: 9,193rdTop
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Highest Wealthy Incomes: 10,511thNudest: 10,857thMost Stationary: 18,637thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 20,453rd
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Smartest Citizens: 1st in the regionBest Weather: 1st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 1st in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 1st in the regionMost Pacifist: 1st in the regionNicest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1st in the regionMost Cultured: 1st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 1st in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 1st in the regionSafest: 1st in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1st in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Inclusive: 1st in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionMost Developed: 1st in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Governments: 2nd in the regionMost Devout: 2nd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 2nd in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 3rd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 3rd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 3rd in the regionMost Influential: 3rd in the regionTop
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Most Valuable International Artwork: 4th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 5th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 6th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 7th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 7th in the regionLargest Populations: 10th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 12th in the regionTop
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Largest Cheese Export Sector: 19th in the regionMost Stationary: 28th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 30th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 32nd in the regionNudest: 36th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Ratateague, children as young as eight can present logical proofs for the existence of the afterlife.
  • : Following new legislation in Ratateague, the weather report is the prisoners' favourite programme.
  • : Following new legislation in Ratateague, RPG fans reminisce fondly about when people thought they were evil and dangerous rather than geeky and socially inept.
  • : Following new legislation in Ratateague, hipster cyclists declare that "metal is dead".
  • : Following new legislation in Ratateague, the government is constantly producing new maps to accommodate the continual renaming of cities.
  • : Ratateague was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Highest Wealthy Incomes.
  • : Following new legislation in Ratateague, crowded passenger trains are near-silent save for the soft tap of fingers on touchscreens.
  • : Following new legislation in Ratateague, the latest Harry Potter book is a bestseller.
  • : Following new legislation in Ratateague, children are brainwashed at a young age to accept "love and peace!" as a way of life.
  • : Following new legislation in Ratateague, 3D printed organs are a breath of new life for the sick and elderly.

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