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The Cloud Cuckooland of Rhina

“Life isn't a question; it doesn't need an answer.” Sargon The Grape

Category: Left-Leaning College State
Civil Rights:
Superb
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Below Average

Regional Influence: Vassal

Location: New Hyperion

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Rhina

Population16.484 billion

CapitalAkkad
LeaderSargon The Grape
FaithThe New Faith

Currencylien
AnimalGrimm

The Cloud Cuckooland of Rhina is a gargantuan, socially progressive nation, ruled by Sargon The Grape with an even hand, and notable for its sprawling nuclear power plants, multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, and feral children. The hard-nosed, hard-working, humorless, devout population of 16.484 billion Rhinese enjoy extensive civil freedoms, particularly in social issues, while business tends to be more regulated.

The relatively small, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Education, Industry, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Akkad. The average income tax rate is 8.0%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Rhinese economy, worth a remarkable 2,262 trillion liens 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 a slick, highly efficient, fairly diversified black market in Information Technology, Arms Manufacturing, Uranium Mining, and Retail. 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 137,269 liens, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.2 times as much as the poorest.

The government is more interested in identifying problems than fixing them, flight attendants rip down curtains with revolutionary fervor, religious figures have been banned from public holidays to make them more multicultural, and foreign leaders' Twitcher accounts are monitored for potential threats to national security. Crime is pervasive, probably because of the absence of a police force. Rhina's national animal is the Grimm, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is The New Faith.

Rhina is ranked 215,677th in the world and 27th in New Hyperion for Most Popular Tourist Destinations, with 10.2 Tourists Per Hour.

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Largest Mining Sector: 1,925thTop
5%
Highest Crime Rates: 2,877thMost Avoided: 3,543rdHighest Disposable Incomes: 3,998thLargest Agricultural Sector: 4,312thLargest Information Technology Sector: 5,458thLargest Black Market: 6,046thHighest Economic Output: 6,450thLargest Gambling Industry: 9,685thMost Armed: 9,708thLargest Populations: 10,837thTop
10%
Largest Retail Industry: 10,982ndMost Efficient Economies: 11,147thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 11,285thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 12,515thMost Scientifically Advanced: 13,028thHighest Poor Incomes: 13,121stMost Devout: 14,056thSmartest Citizens: 15,113thMost Developed: 16,223rdHighest Average Incomes: 16,672ndLargest Manufacturing Sector: 18,823rdMost Advanced Public Education: 20,064thMost Corrupt Governments: 20,564thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 20,861stMost Subsidized Industry: 21,071st
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Nudest: 1st in the regionTop
10%
Highest Drug Use: 2nd in the regionMost Devout: 2nd in the regionLargest Populations: 2nd in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 3rd in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 3rd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 3rd in the regionMost Armed: 3rd in the regionLargest Black Market: 3rd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Rhina, foreign leaders' Twitcher accounts are monitored for potential threats to national security.
  • : Following new legislation in Rhina, religious figures have been banned from public holidays to make them more multicultural.
  • : Following new legislation in Rhina, flight attendants rip down curtains with revolutionary fervor.
  • : Following new legislation in Rhina, the government is more interested in identifying problems than fixing them.
  • : Following new legislation in Rhina, the deceased are buried mostly to hide them from state-sanctioned corpse-collectors.
  • : Rhina lodged a message on the New Hyperion Regional Message Board.
  • : Rhina was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Populations.
  • : Rhina was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Extensive Public Healthcare, Most Advanced Public Education, Highest Poor Incomes, and Most Subsidized Industry.
  • : Following new legislation in Rhina, drug deals return to the streets as legions of undercover officers stalk the dark web.
  • : Following new legislation in Rhina, stealing from a clothesline is a serious offence.

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