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The Republic of Rigel8


Category: Father Knows Best State
Civil Rights:
Below Average
Political Freedoms:

Regional Influence: Vassal

Location: Bonn



Population7.681 billion


The Republic of Rigel8 is a colossal, orderly nation, renowned for its compulsory military service. The cynical, devout population of 7.681 billion Rigel8ians are ruled by a mostly-benevolent dictator, who grants the populace the freedom to live their own lives but watches carefully for anyone to slip up.

The large, well-organized government is primarily concerned with Spirituality, with Defense, Law & Order, and Healthcare also on the agenda, while International Aid and Social Policy receive no funds. The average income tax rate is 37.3%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The Rigel8ian economy, worth 237 trillion ores a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Tourism industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology, Pizza Delivery, and Trout Farming. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is 30,944 ores, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.8 times as much as the poorest.

Crime, especially youth-related, is relatively low, thanks to a well-funded police force. Rigel8's national animal is the ion.

Rigel8 is ranked 112,103rd in the world and 7th in Bonn for Lowest Overall Tax Burden, scoring 69.46 on the Hayek Index.

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Rigel8's influence in Bonn rose from "Apprentice" to "Vassal".
  • : Rigel8's influence in Bonn rose from "Squire" to "Apprentice".
  • : Rigel8's influence in Bonn rose from "Page" to "Squire".
  • : Rigel8's influence in Bonn rose from "Shoeshiner" to "Page".
  • : Rigel8's influence in Bonn rose from "Zero" to "Shoeshiner".
  • : Rigel8 altered its national flag.
  • : Rigel8 relocated from Osiris to Bonn.
  • : Rigel8 was refounded in Osiris.
  • : Rigel8 ceased to exist in Bonn.
  • : Rigel8's influence in Bonn fell from "Truckler" to "Vassal".