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The Stratocracy of Ribanzi

“One nation. One Army. One soul.”

Category: Democratic Socialists
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Regional Influence: Sprat

Location: The East Pacific



Population6.175 billion



The Stratocracy of Ribanzi is a colossal, cultured nation, ruled by Commander with an even hand, and notable for its compulsory military service, compulsory gun ownership, and devotion to social welfare. The hard-nosed, humorless population of 6.175 billion Ribans are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The large, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Education, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Moonlight. The average income tax rate is 99.5%.

The frighteningly efficient Riban economy, worth a remarkable 1,543 trillion credits 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 Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Book Publishing, and Tourism. Average income is an amazing 249,894 credits, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The death penalty has been reintroduced, the government mails weekly updates on the new anti-junk mail laws to every citizen, roads are often attended by round-the-clock construction crews, and Ribanzi's heavy congestion charges are the bane of motorists' lives. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Ribanzi's national animal is the commando, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Bushido.

Ribanzi is ranked 113,249th in the world and 4,458th in The East Pacific for Largest Basket Weaving Sector, scoring 1,109.47 on the Hickory Productivity Index.

Highest Average Tax Rates: 1,073rdMost Developed: 1,083rdLargest Governments: 1,148thLongest Average Lifespans: 1,324thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1,345thHighest Poor Incomes: 1,401stLowest Crime Rates: 1,409thHealthiest Citizens: 1,489thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1,540thMost Armed: 1,557thSmartest Citizens: 1,609thMost Scientifically Advanced: 1,831stMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1,886thTop
Most Advanced Public Education: 2,132ndLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2,175thMost Beautiful Environments: 2,179thMost Cultured: 2,571stMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 2,725thMost Secular: 3,095thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 3,378thHighest Average Incomes: 3,387thBest Weather: 3,476thLargest Publishing Industry: 3,698thLargest Information Technology Sector: 3,716thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 3,978thMost Advanced Public Transport: 4,896thMost Inclusive: 4,998thMost Efficient Economies: 5,550thLargest Welfare Programs: 5,660thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 6,182ndRudest Citizens: 7,378thMost Subsidized Industry: 10,182ndHighest Economic Output: 10,326thTop
Safest: 11,895thMost Influential: 12,352ndMost Valuable International Artwork: 14,407thHighest Drug Use: 18,692ndHighest Wealthy Incomes: 20,012thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 20,324th
Highest Average Tax Rates: 18th in the regionMost Developed: 27th in the regionLargest Governments: 28th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 32nd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 33rd in the regionMost Armed: 34th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 34th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 41st in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 43rd in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 47th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 52nd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 53rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 53rd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 59th in the regionMost Cultured: 59th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 60th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 66th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 66th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 78th in the regionTop
Most Advanced Public Transport: 88th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 89th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 90th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 94th in the regionMost Secular: 96th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 103rd in the regionBest Weather: 104th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 120th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 138th in the regionMost Inclusive: 164th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 165th in the regionRudest Citizens: 205th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 294th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 353rd in the regionLargest Populations: 358th in the regionSafest: 400th in the regionTop
Most Valuable International Artwork: 483rd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 507th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 525th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 547th in the regionMost Influential: 699th in the regionNudest: 746th in the region

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