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The Cloud Cuckooland of Rhina

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

Category: Capitalizt
Civil Rights:
Superb
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Below Average

Regional Influence: Squire

Location: New Hyperion

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Rhina

Population15.221 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 renowned for its frequent executions, feral children, and spontaneously combusting cars. The hard-nosed, hard-working, humorless, devout population of 15.221 billion Rhinese enjoy some of the most opulent lifestyles in the region, unless they are unemployed or working-class, in which case they are variously starving to death or crippled by easily preventable diseases.

The tiny, corrupt, liberal government prioritizes Education, although Industry and Healthcare are also considered important, while Social Policy and Environment are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Akkad. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 5.9%.

The frighteningly efficient Rhinese economy, worth a remarkable 2,026 trillion liens a year, is fairly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Uranium Mining, Arms Manufacturing, and Gambling. Black market activity is notable. Average income is an impressive 133,134 liens, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 418,808 per year while the poor average 32,381, a ratio of 12.9 to 1.

Sargon The Grape has been seen stealthily slicing fifths off bread loaves, a shipwreck is everyone's fault but the captain's, movie references are legally admissible in court, and Rhinese husbands are dead good at fathering kids. 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 114,964th in the world and 27th in New Hyperion for Highest Unexpected Death Rate, scoring 29.32 on the Bus Surprisal Index.

Top
1%
Largest Mining Sector: 1,631stTop
5%
Highest Crime Rates: 1,942ndMost Avoided: 3,112thLargest Agricultural Sector: 3,977thHighest Disposable Incomes: 4,134thRudest Citizens: 5,237thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 5,759thLargest Information Technology Sector: 5,816thHighest Economic Output: 6,797thMost Armed: 6,830thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 7,595thLargest Gambling Industry: 7,848thFattest Citizens: 8,200thTop
10%
Largest Black Market: 9,263rdMost Efficient Economies: 9,399thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 9,509thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 10,988thLargest Populations: 11,313thLargest Retail Industry: 11,993rdMost Scientifically Advanced: 14,016thSmartest Citizens: 14,554thMost Corrupt Governments: 16,044thMost Devout: 16,082ndHighest Drug Use: 17,214thHighest Average Incomes: 17,453rdMost Developed: 17,660th
Top
5%
Most Armed: 1st in the regionLargest Populations: 2nd in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 2nd in the regionNudest: 2nd in the regionTop
10%
Most Extensive Civil Rights: 3rd in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 3rd in the regionHighest Drug Use: 3rd in the regionMost Devout: 3rd in the regionRudest Citizens: 3rd in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 4th in the regionLargest Black Market: 4th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 4th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 4th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Rhina, Rhinese husbands are dead good at fathering kids.
  • : Following new legislation in Rhina, movie references are legally admissible in court.
  • : Following new legislation in Rhina, a shipwreck is everyone's fault but the captain's.
  • : Following new legislation in Rhina, Sargon The Grape has been seen stealthily slicing fifths off bread loaves.
  • : Following new legislation in Rhina, stale 'yo mamma' insults have been replaced by 'your maternal DNA' insults.
  • : Following new legislation in Rhina, the nation operates a "finders-keepers" policy with other nations' citizens.
  • : Following new legislation in Rhina, cane fights are a common sight in nursing homes.
  • : Rhina was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Retail Industry and Highest Average Incomes.
  • : Following new legislation in Rhina, unused plastic recycling bins are being dumped into landfills by the tonne.
  • : Rhina was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Developed and Most Devout.

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