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The Republic of Raul17

“We Will Endure”

Category: Iron Fist Consumerists
Civil Rights:
Few
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Rare

Regional Influence: Minnow

Location: The East Pacific

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Raul17

Population3.715 billion

Currencybaht
Animalcobra

The Republic of Raul17 is a massive, orderly nation, renowned for its frequent executions, ubiquitous missile silos, and punitive income tax rates. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless, devout population of 3.715 billion Raul17ians are kept under strict control by the oppressive government, which measures its success by the nation's GDP and refers to individual citizens as "human resources."

The large, corrupt, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Law & Order, Defense, and Administration. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 72.6%.

The frighteningly efficient Raul17ian economy, worth 542 trillion baht a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is an enormous, deeply entrenched black market in Arms Manufacturing, Basket Weaving, Uranium Mining, and Woodchip Exports. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is an impressive 146,094 baht, with the richest citizens earning 7.4 times as much as the poorest.

The Messiah (formerly known as Brian) is a mayoral candidate, politicians and casino owners who so much as wander into the same room are arrested on the spot, unemployed youngsters trained to kill are being released en masse into society, and immigrants are told to pull themselves up by their worn-out budget bootstraps. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Raul17's national animal is the cobra, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

Raul17 is ranked 59,587th in the world and 2,204th in The East Pacific for Largest Agricultural Sector, scoring 3,324.95 on the Mu-Bah-Daggs Productivity Index.

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Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 390thMost Primitive: 1,875thTop
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Most Devout: 2,744thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 2,846thLargest Black Market: 3,311thMost Corrupt Governments: 4,014thLargest Mining Sector: 4,106thMost Ignorant Citizens: 4,516thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 6,027thMost Valuable International Artwork: 7,332ndMost Advanced Defense Forces: 7,604thMost Subsidized Industry: 7,942ndMost Armed: 7,964thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 9,510thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 9,827thMost Avoided: 11,077thTop
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Highest Wealthy Incomes: 12,166thHighest Average Incomes: 14,559thMost Advanced Public Transport: 16,897thMost Efficient Economies: 19,672ndHealthiest Citizens: 22,075th
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Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 9th in the regionMost Devout: 69th in the regionLargest Black Market: 75th in the regionMost Primitive: 89th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 90th in the regionTop
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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 103rd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 118th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 158th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 163rd in the regionMost Armed: 189th in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 197th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 237th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 242nd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 249th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 263rd in the regionMost Avoided: 319th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 336th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 386th in the regionTop
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Most Advanced Public Transport: 471st in the regionMost Stationary: 488th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 499th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 543rd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 676th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 722nd in the regionLargest Governments: 751st in the regionLargest Populations: 797th in the regionMost Developed: 804th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 826th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 837th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 893rd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Raul17, immigrants are told to pull themselves up by their worn-out budget bootstraps.
  • : Following new legislation in Raul17, unemployed youngsters trained to kill are being released en masse into society.
  • : Following new legislation in Raul17, politicians and casino owners who so much as wander into the same room are arrested on the spot.
  • : Following new legislation in Raul17, the Messiah (formerly known as Brian) is a mayoral candidate.
  • : Following new legislation in Raul17, the government spends billions to protect Raul17 from a disaster that is one in a million.
  • : Following new legislation in Raul17, laws are littered with references to cheese.
  • : Following new legislation in Raul17, election ballot papers are so long that unused ones are recycled as toilet roll.
  • : Following new legislation in Raul17, patriotic citizens simply tend to applaud rather than sing the nation's praises.
  • : Following new legislation in Raul17, foreign leaders who don't applaud Leader's speeches are regarded as enemies of Raul17.
  • : Following new legislation in Raul17, dessert dishes make up the Raul17ian breakfast menu.

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