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The Workers Rhineland Republics of Rhineland Ruhr and Alsace Lorraine

“We have nothing to lose but our chains!”

Category: New York Times Democracy
Civil Rights:
Excellent
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Excellent

Regional Influence: Apprentice

Location: The Leftist Assembly

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Rhineland Ruhr and Alsace Lorraine

Population18.814 billion

CapitalHyperion
LeaderUlrike Breizerc
FaithVirtual Endless

CurrencyR-R AL Mark
AnimalGold Eagle

The Workers Rhineland Republics of Rhineland Ruhr and Alsace Lorraine is a gargantuan, socially progressive nation, ruled by Ulrike Breizerc with a fair hand, and remarkable for its keen interest in outer space, frequent executions, and absence of drug laws. The compassionate, democratic, humorless population of 18.814 billion Rhinelandruhrians enjoy a sensible mix of personal and economic freedoms, while the political process is open and the people's right to vote held sacrosanct.

The medium-sized, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Education, Industry, and Law & Order. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Hyperion. The average income tax rate is 81.3%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Rhineland Ruhr and Alsace Lorrainean economy, worth a remarkable 3,707 trillion R-R AL Marks a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is fairly diversified, is led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Tourism, Arms Manufacturing, and Book Publishing. Average income is an impressive 197,077 R-R AL Marks, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 3.0 times as much as the poorest.

Attendance of fathers at PTA meetings is at an all-time high, there's a politician called Male Infant Powers, the government has officially clarified that "wee on your hands to save time" does not count as proper hygiene, and foreign leaders' Twitcher accounts are monitored for potential threats to national security. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Rhineland Ruhr and Alsace Lorraine's national animal is the Gold Eagle, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies, and its national religion is Virtual Endless.

Rhineland Ruhr and Alsace Lorraine is ranked 2,930th in the world and 28th in The Leftist Assembly for Most Developed, scoring 96.71 on the Human Development Index.

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Most Efficient Economies: 1,561stMost Secular: 1,774thLowest Crime Rates: 2,127thTop
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Healthiest Citizens: 2,509thLongest Average Lifespans: 2,616thMost Subsidized Industry: 2,759thMost Developed: 2,930thMost Cultured: 2,962ndLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 3,070thMost Influential: 3,265thHighest Economic Output: 3,441stMost Scientifically Advanced: 3,476thSmartest Citizens: 3,748thLargest Information Technology Sector: 4,777thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 5,166thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 5,207thMost Advanced Public Education: 5,911thSafest: 6,525thLargest Governments: 6,970thHighest Average Incomes: 7,020thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 7,157thLargest Publishing Industry: 7,614thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 8,792ndLargest Populations: 9,070thLargest Welfare Programs: 9,347thHighest Poor Incomes: 9,574thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 9,578thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 10,079thMost Pacifist: 10,936thMost Advanced Public Transport: 11,015thMost Beautiful Environments: 11,233rdMost Inclusive: 11,461stTop
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Most Compassionate Citizens: 14,383rdHighest Average Tax Rates: 14,615thMost Corrupt Governments: 15,682ndHighest Wealthy Incomes: 16,203rdMost Valuable International Artwork: 16,516thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 16,607thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 18,191stMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 23,678th
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Largest Furniture Restoration Industry: 5th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 5th in the regionTop
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Largest Populations: 6th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 8th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 9th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 11th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 11th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 13th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 13th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 13th in the regionMost Secular: 14th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 15th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 15th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 17th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 18th in the regionMost Cultured: 19th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 19th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 22nd in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 23rd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 24th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 25th in the regionTop
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Longest Average Lifespans: 26th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 28th in the regionMost Developed: 28th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 35th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 42nd in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 44th in the regionLargest Black Market: 45th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 47th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 47th in the region

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