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The Republic of Raul41

“Peace and Justice”

Category: Father Knows Best State
Civil Rights:
Good
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Unheard Of

Regional Influence: Minnow

Location: the Rejected Realms

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Raul41

Population3.681 billion

Currencyflorin
Animaldove

The Republic of Raul41 is a massive, orderly nation, renowned for its lack of airports, zero percent divorce rate, and ban on automobiles. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 3.681 billion Raul41ians are ruled by a mostly-benevolent dictator, who grants the populace the freedom to live their own lives but watches carefully for anyone to slip up.

The large, corrupt, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Law & Order, Industry, and Administration. The average income tax rate is 76.5%.

The frighteningly efficient Raul41ian economy, worth 691 trillion florins 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, broadly diversified black market in Information Technology, Basket Weaving, Furniture Restoration, and Door-to-door Insurance Sales. 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 187,872 florins, with the richest citizens earning 5.1 times as much as the poorest.

Government statistics suggest 115% of the population love Leader, the nation's weary schoolchildren excel at sport but must count scores on their fingers, polygraphs are relegated to the dungeon exhibit in castle museums, and sermons are regularly interrupted by businessmen taking phone calls. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Raul41's national animal is the dove, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Raul41 is ranked 167,439th in the world and 4,415th in the Rejected Realms for Largest Agricultural Sector, scoring -4.47 on the Mu-Bah-Daggs Productivity Index.

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Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 220thLargest Insurance Industry: 796thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1,095thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 1,164thMost Subsidized Industry: 1,335thTop
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Most Corrupt Governments: 2,301stLargest Black Market: 2,773rdMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 4,161stLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 4,281stMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 5,196thMost Efficient Economies: 5,702ndLargest Mining Sector: 6,153rdMost Ignorant Citizens: 6,574thNudest: 6,997thMost Valuable International Artwork: 7,274thHighest Average Incomes: 7,497thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 9,908thTop
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Largest Manufacturing Sector: 14,802ndLowest Crime Rates: 14,880thLargest Governments: 16,466thLargest Information Technology Sector: 16,499thHighest Poor Incomes: 17,879thLongest Average Lifespans: 18,141stHighest Average Tax Rates: 18,255thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 20,183rd
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Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 10th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 24th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 58th in the regionTop
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Most Corrupt Governments: 75th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 84th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 92nd in the regionLargest Black Market: 96th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 157th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 163rd in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 166th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 175th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 212th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 213th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 242nd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 262nd in the regionNudest: 299th in the regionTop
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Largest Information Technology Sector: 355th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 357th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 388th in the regionLargest Governments: 414th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 417th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 451st in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 478th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 484th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 504th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 584th in the regionMost Developed: 611th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Raul41, sermons are regularly interrupted by businessmen taking phone calls.
  • : Following new legislation in Raul41, polygraphs are relegated to the dungeon exhibit in castle museums.
  • : Following new legislation in Raul41, the nation's weary schoolchildren excel at sport but must count scores on their fingers.
  • : Following new legislation in Raul41, government statistics suggest 115% of the population love Leader.
  • : Following new legislation in Raul41, child adoption by homosexual couples has been outlawed.
  • : Following new legislation in Raul41, the dartboard at the Raul41ian Cancer Research Charity bears a picture of Leader's face.
  • : Following new legislation in Raul41, the government's fruit business reeks of rotting produce and corruption.
  • : Following new legislation in Raul41, a traveller who once stubbed a toe on an Air Brancaland flight has been offered asylum.
  • : Following new legislation in Raul41, funeral directors are frequently looking at their watches during funerals.
  • : Following new legislation in Raul41, 90% of active duty RAF personnel have been laid off and replaced by robot kill-drones.

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