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The Commonwealth of Ravenstan

“bostandikh, tenyadik, bawirlastikh”

Category: Democratic Socialists
Civil Rights:
Very Good
Economy:
Good
Political Freedoms:
Very Good

Regional Influence: Sprat

Location: the South Pacific

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Ravenstan

Population1.872 billion

CapitalAyaru
LeaderComrade Abzal Askarin

CurrencyRavenstani rouble
Animaleagle

The Commonwealth of Ravenstan is a massive, genial nation, ruled by Comrade Abzal Askarin with an even hand, and remarkable for its museums and concert halls, keen interest in outer space, and irreverence towards religion. The compassionate, democratic population of 1.872 billion Ravenstanis are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The large government juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Law & Order. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Ayaru. The average income tax rate is 67.5%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The Ravenstanian economy, worth 112 trillion Ravenstani roubles 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 Beef-Based Agriculture. Average income is 59,994 Ravenstani roubles, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Exceptionally healthy police officers can sprint after crooks for hours on end, the constant playing of Merry Birthday on Ravenstanian radio has led to calls for the song to be classified as a crime against humanity, policemen regularly conduct midnight raids on closed donut shops to 'collect evidence', and laser-wielding robots are taking aim at human hearts. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Ravenstan's national animal is the eagle, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

Ravenstan is ranked 30,889th in the world and 935th in the South Pacific for Most Scientifically Advanced, scoring 158.72 on the Kurzweil Singularity Index.

Top
5%
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 3,458thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 4,598thMost Cheerful Citizens: 5,982ndNicest Citizens: 7,339thMost Inclusive: 7,417thMost Influential: 7,645thMost Compassionate Citizens: 8,005thTop
10%
Best Weather: 9,506thMost Pacifist: 12,812thHealthiest Citizens: 13,253rdMost Secular: 14,826thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 15,018thMost Beautiful Environments: 15,738thLargest Publishing Industry: 16,475thLongest Average Lifespans: 16,665th
Top
5%
Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 138th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 175th in the regionNicest Citizens: 253rd in the regionMost Inclusive: 260th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 285th in the regionBest Weather: 304th in the regionTop
10%
Healthiest Citizens: 422nd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 440th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 478th in the regionMost Pacifist: 487th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 491st in the regionMost Secular: 510th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 527th in the regionMost Influential: 579th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 592nd in the regionMost Cultured: 606th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 665th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 680th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 687th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Ravenstan was endorsed by The Democratic Republic of Mapico.
  • : Ravenstan was endorsed by The WA Republic of Qawe.
  • : Ravenstan was endorsed by The Commonwealth of Phanama.
  • : Ravenstan was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Influential and the Top 10% for Largest Publishing Industry and Longest Average Lifespans.
  • : Ravenstan was endorsed by The Republic of Direwolf1.
  • : Following new legislation in Ravenstan, laser-wielding robots are taking aim at human hearts.
  • : Following new legislation in Ravenstan, policemen regularly conduct midnight raids on closed donut shops to 'collect evidence'.
  • : Following new legislation in Ravenstan, the constant playing of Merry Birthday on Ravenstanian radio has led to calls for the song to be classified as a crime against humanity.
  • : Following new legislation in Ravenstan, exceptionally healthy police officers can sprint after crooks for hours on end.
  • : Following new legislation in Ravenstan, fifteen-year-olds cannot walk younger siblings to school without a professional Childcare and Education Certificate.

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