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The Startling Empire of Riemstagrad

“l'Union fait la force, la force fait l'union”

Category: Anarchy
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World Benchmark
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Regional Influence: Instigator

Location: belgium



Population38.455 billion

LeaderFarao Rambert IV
FaithHeavy Metal


The Startling Empire of Riemstagrad is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Farao Rambert IV with a fair hand, and renowned for its rum-swilling pirates, smutty television, and free-roaming dinosaurs. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, humorless population of 38.455 billion Riems live in a state of perpetual fear, as a complete breakdown of social order has led to the rise of order through biker gangs.

The tiny, liberal, pro-business government prioritizes Education, with Industry also on the agenda, while Spirituality and Environment aren't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Riemstagradgrad. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Riem economy, worth a remarkable 5,755 trillion dinars a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is quite specialized and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Book Publishing, Automobile Manufacturing, and Uranium Mining. Average income is an impressive 149,656 dinars, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 4.1 times as much as the poorest.

Town welcome signs list corporate sponsors, proper policy proposals prerequire professional peer-reviewed papers, it is a common belief that a sport isn't sport if there are no decapitations, and several inches are being added to first class seating. Crime, especially youth-related, is so common that it is unusual to encounter someone following the law, probably because of the absence of a police force. Riemstagrad's national animal is the agapornis, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is Heavy Metal.

Riemstagrad is ranked 2,609th in the world and 3rd in belgium for Most Influential, scoring 35,331 on the Soft Power Disbursement Rating.

Most Valuable International Artwork: 28thLargest Populations: 84thHighest Crime Rates: 191stMost Rebellious Youth: 265thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 273rdMost Armed: 290thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 676thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 759thMost Avoided: 862ndLowest Overall Tax Burden: 884thLargest Publishing Industry: 1,050thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1,119thRudest Citizens: 1,354thHighest Economic Output: 1,434thMost Efficient Economies: 1,447thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1,569thFattest Citizens: 2,189thTop
Smartest Citizens: 2,416thMost Influential: 2,609thLargest Mining Sector: 2,807thHighest Disposable Incomes: 2,988thLargest Information Technology Sector: 3,937thMost Scientifically Advanced: 4,879thMost Secular: 5,642ndTop
Nudest: 11,225thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 11,333rdMost World Assembly Endorsements: 12,299thLargest Black Market: 12,473rdLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 12,720thHighest Average Incomes: 13,624thMost Cultured: 13,996thMost Subsidized Industry: 17,672ndMost Advanced Public Education: 17,779thMost Extensive Civil Rights: 19,912thHighest Poor Incomes: 21,797th
Highest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Armed: 1st in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 1st in the regionLargest Populations: 1st in the regionRudest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 1st in the regionTop
Most Efficient Economies: 2nd in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Avoided: 2nd in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 2nd in the regionMost Influential: 3rd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 3rd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 3rd in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 3rd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 4th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 4th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 5th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 5th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 5th in the regionMost Secular: 6th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 8th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 8th in the regionTop
Fattest Citizens: 12th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 14th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 15th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 16th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Riemstagrad was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Fattest Citizens.
  • : Riemstagrad endorsed The Barracks of Soldaat van Oranje.
  • : Riemstagrad was endorsed by The Barracks of Soldaat van Oranje.
  • : Following new legislation in Riemstagrad, several inches are being added to first class seating.
  • : Following new legislation in Riemstagrad, it is a common belief that a sport isn't sport if there are no decapitations.
  • : Following new legislation in Riemstagrad, proper policy proposals prerequire professional peer-reviewed papers.
  • : Following new legislation in Riemstagrad, town welcome signs list corporate sponsors.
  • : Following new legislation in Riemstagrad, scientific progress marches ever forward with the first ever launch of a cheeseburger into space.
  • : Following new legislation in Riemstagrad, young children are regularly seen wagering pocket money at blackjack tables.
  • : Following new legislation in Riemstagrad, 'The Anti-Government Hour' is a popular programme on many of Riemstagrad's radio stations.


World Assembly

Endorsements Received: 3 » HC Eredivisie, Rain and Shadow, and Soldaat van Oranje.

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