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The Free Land of Rihooka

“You Cannot Escape Your Escape”

Category: Left-wing Utopia
Civil Rights:
Excellent
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Superb

Regional Influence: Diplomat

Location: Hippy Haven

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Rihooka

Population14.255 billion

LeaderKirsten

CurrencyRi
AnimalGuinea Pig

The Free Land of Rihooka is a gargantuan, safe nation, ruled by Kirsten with a fair hand, and notable for its keen interest in outer space, ban on automobiles, and irreverence towards religion. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 14.255 billion Rihookans are free to do what they want with their own bodies, and vote for whomever they like in elections; if they go into business, however, they are regulated to within an inch of their lives.

The government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked, socially-minded, outspoken morass — juggles the competing demands of Education, Environment, and Healthcare. The average income tax rate is 97.9%.

The frighteningly efficient Rihookan economy, worth a remarkable 1,907 trillion Ris a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is highly specialized, is mostly made up of the Book Publishing industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology, Tourism, and Cheese Exports. Average income is an impressive 133,782 Ris, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

It ain't easy to be green enough to be imported into Rihooka, a degree in Kirsten Science with a Minor in Awesomeology starts many political careers, the wearing and manufacture of fur apparel is banned, and all judiciary cases are decided in the court of public opinion. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Rihooka's national animal is the Guinea Pig, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Rihooka is ranked 301,313th in the world and 48th in Hippy Haven for Highest Unexpected Death Rate, scoring 18.03 on the Bus Surprisal Index.

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1%
Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 910thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 947thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1,281stMost Pacifist: 1,591stMost Advanced Public Education: 1,600thLargest Welfare Programs: 1,608thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 2,300thMost Beautiful Environments: 2,317thSafest: 2,319thBest Weather: 2,454thLeast Corrupt Governments: 2,475thMost Compassionate Citizens: 2,892ndHighest Average Tax Rates: 2,936thMost Inclusive: 2,944thNicest Citizens: 2,962ndTop
5%
Largest Publishing Industry: 3,236thHighest Food Quality: 3,288thMost Developed: 3,695thLongest Average Lifespans: 3,736thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 4,303rdMost Cheerful Citizens: 4,573rdMost Cultured: 4,615thMost Advanced Public Transport: 4,643rdHealthiest Citizens: 4,708thLargest Governments: 5,178thSmartest Citizens: 5,320thLowest Crime Rates: 7,160thMost Influential: 7,470thHighest Poor Incomes: 8,671stMost Rebellious Youth: 10,628thMost Subsidized Industry: 10,817thHighest Economic Output: 10,893rdMost World Assembly Endorsements: 13,752ndTop
10%
Most Secular: 15,683rdMost Income Equality: 15,897thHighest Average Incomes: 22,433rdMost Efficient Economies: 22,869thLargest Populations: 23,705th
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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 3rd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 3rd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 4th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 4th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 4th in the regionLargest Governments: 4th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 4th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 4th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 4th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 4th in the regionMost Developed: 5th in the regionMost Influential: 5th in the regionMost Inclusive: 5th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 5th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Rihooka was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Nicest Citizens and Highest Average Tax Rates.
  • : Rihooka was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Inclusive.
  • : Rihooka was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most World Assembly Endorsements.
  • : Rihooka was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Highest Average Tax Rates.
  • : Rihooka was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Highest Average Tax Rates.
  • : Rihooka was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most World Assembly Endorsements.
  • : Rihooka was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Highest Average Tax Rates.
  • : Rihooka was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Nicest Citizens.
  • : Rihooka was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Nicest Citizens.
  • : Rihooka was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Nicest Citizens.

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Endorsements Received: 2 » Makiland and St Stephen n Critters.

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