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The Community of Raycasting

“You Can't Stop Progress”

Category: Liberal Democratic Socialists
Civil Rights:
Very Good
Political Freedoms:
World Benchmark

Regional Influence: Sprat

Location: The North Pacific



Population724 million


The Community of Raycasting is a huge, genial nation, notable for its compulsory military service, soft-spoken computers, and punitive income tax rates. The compassionate, democratic population of 724 million Raycastians love a good election, and the government gives them plenty of them. Universities tend to be full of students debating the merits of various civil and political rights, while businesses are tightly regulated and the wealthy viewed with suspicion.

The large, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Healthcare. The average income tax rate is 62.6%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The strong Raycastingian economy, worth 52.7 trillion paperclips 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 Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Tourism, Basket Weaving, and Book Publishing. Average income is 72,735 paperclips, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The military recognizes no difference between male and female soldiers, meat-eating is frowned upon, the government has adopted a "Lightning Never Strikes Twice" approach to dealing with natural disasters, and 10-year-olds who struggle with integrating by parts are considered slow learners. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Raycasting's national animal is the Cat, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Raycasting is ranked 113,830th in the world and 4,769th in The North Pacific for Largest Furniture Restoration Industry, scoring 1,448.53 on the Spitz-Pollish Productivity Index.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 1,586thTop
Most Influential: 4,339thSafest: 7,987thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 8,743rdMost Pacifist: 10,785thTop
Least Corrupt Governments: 15,402ndLargest Information Technology Sector: 16,647thBest Weather: 16,761stMost Inclusive: 19,206thMost Beautiful Environments: 21,644thMost Politically Free: 22,209thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 22,394th
Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 383rd in the regionMost Politically Free: 411th in the regionSafest: 471st in the regionTop
Most Pacifist: 627th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 736th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 861st in the regionBest Weather: 927th in the region

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Endorsements Received: 145 » Star Kingdom, Lulubellia, Aerilia, Nodnarb, Crusadam, Orado, Loutsland, Koda-Land, The Tampa Bay Rays, The Rhein States, Yaorozu, Venicea, Bankowiata, Kragsgale, Svenskskit, Omnistria, The Serdey Islands, Ethnon, Great Bights Mum, Kazoo Basin, Guer Aike, The Democratic Kingdom Of Skaraborg, Republica Guilleana, Corfad, El Fiji Grande, Eri-Maqa-Ena, Hamerica, Dreadton, Kocherian, Valentine Z, Shibutani, Libertania Democratica, Pytong, Navsland, Selfgradatude, Zzozona, Bharathvarsh, Hardscrabble, Siwale, East Akra, Former English Colony, Galbadiana, Interdimensional Zone, Kranostav, Empy, Cretox State, Slyakanya, TLTland, Notyoutopia, Blyskalia, and 95 others.Territorio di Nessuno, Sevinland, Maclare, 1 very fast endotarter, Wineclaw, His Enduring Majesty, Illusia and Neverendia, Votak Matim, Newpromisedland, New Lakemba, Andexia, Sundred, Dar es Saalam, Fauzjhia, Sikol, The Pantheons, Yokciq Empire, Port Naga, Holy Oranz, Frances Francis the First of France, Xagill, Ravendi, North Bratislava, GenshinImpact, Pallaith, Joodey, Xentherida, Heilhum Imperius, Odelinor, Maratabat, Sil Dorsett, Dabarastan, Runeda, Wilkshire, Planes, Sunto, Climeria, Imperial Pieserged, Zyvetskistaahn, Madjack, Draconian Progression, Pasargad, Shadowrik, The Mazur Empire, Patrician, Simone Republic, Sachi, The AnCap Pirate Utopia, Nalver And, Daiz, Shinjuku tokyo 0, Colfes, Strongwill, McMasterdonia, Testnation223, Xipher, Moubarakistan, Chips and Guac, Barabolia, Solidair, Vesteysia, Otakus and Weebs, Valgarda, Clan Spaniel, Francois Isidore, Zemnaya Svoboda, Maott, Figyjharli, Sanjurika, Trumpski, Wapistan, Dangine, Questann, Lol2639, Kromi, Siforpeo, Shotokonia, Travislavania, Super Girl, The Republic of Free Peoples, BTProductions, Xyrron, Steampunk Ariel, Alexander the Magnus, Yellops, Ellbonnia, Aryan Homeland, Mon Island, Religioncord, Tyirza, Siberian Workforce, Defense For The World Assembly, Seanat, Uzbek Khan, and Tsandonown.

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