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The Federal Republic of Ripsylvania

“Ad meliora”

Category: Civil Rights Lovefest
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Regional Influence: Squire

Location: The East Pacific



Population2.097 billion

LeaderPrime Minister Gustavus

AnimalWooly Scragglemuffin

The Federal Republic of Ripsylvania is a massive, socially progressive nation, ruled by Prime Minister Gustavus with a fair hand, and remarkable for its museums and concert halls, keen interest in outer space, and punitive income tax rates. The compassionate, democratic population of 2.097 billion Ripsylvanians hold their civil and political rights very dear, although the wealthy and those in business tend to be viewed with suspicion.

The enormous, liberal government juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Breitenfeld. The average income tax rate is 84.9%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The all-consuming Ripsylvanian economy, worth 228 trillion scritches 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 Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Trout Farming, Tourism, and Arms Manufacturing. Average income is an impressive 108,818 scritches, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Jabbing a baby's bottle at officials gets parents waved straight through immigration, running away is an essential part of the elite forces' hand-to-hand training, the government has begun selling heroin and ecstasy to help fund its projects, and it is not politically correct to suspect that a serially convicted burglar might steal again. Crime is totally unknown. Ripsylvania's national animal is the Wooly Scragglemuffin, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Ripsylvania is ranked 199,082nd in the world and 7,049th in The East Pacific for Highest Disposable Incomes, with 16,431.6 Standard Monetary Units.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 1,132ndMost Influential: 1,407thTop
Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 2,628thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 2,988thLeast Corrupt Governments: 3,268thMost Compassionate Citizens: 6,728thMost Inclusive: 6,868thNicest Citizens: 7,140thMost Advanced Public Education: 8,284thMost Rebellious Youth: 9,008thLargest Welfare Programs: 9,542ndMost Secular: 10,473rdMost Scientifically Advanced: 11,041stMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 11,145thHighest Average Tax Rates: 11,953rdSafest: 11,959thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 12,060thTop
Smartest Citizens: 12,184thLargest Information Technology Sector: 12,255thMost Beautiful Environments: 12,689thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 13,840thLongest Average Lifespans: 14,885thBest Weather: 15,540thHighest Poor Incomes: 16,103rdHealthiest Citizens: 16,395thLargest Governments: 16,470thMost Developed: 17,602ndMost Cultured: 17,633rdMost Advanced Public Transport: 18,579thMost Extensive Civil Rights: 22,280thMost Cheerful Citizens: 22,347th
Most Influential: 52nd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 67th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 82nd in the regionTop
Least Corrupt Governments: 107th in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 139th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 182nd in the regionMost Inclusive: 224th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 227th in the regionNicest Citizens: 235th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 250th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 279th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 320th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 328th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 338th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 345th in the regionMost Secular: 350th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 362nd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 363rd in the regionSafest: 383rd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 407th in the regionTop
Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 454th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 465th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 469th in the regionLargest Governments: 473rd in the regionMost Cultured: 483rd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 500th in the regionBest Weather: 505th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 513th in the regionRudest Citizens: 551st in the regionMost Developed: 557th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 564th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 804th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 822nd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 865th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Ripsylvania, it is not politically correct to suspect that a serially convicted burglar might steal again.
  • : Following new legislation in Ripsylvania, the government has begun selling heroin and ecstasy to help fund its projects.
  • : Following new legislation in Ripsylvania, running away is an essential part of the elite forces' hand-to-hand training.
  • : Following new legislation in Ripsylvania, jabbing a baby's bottle at officials gets parents waved straight through immigration.
  • : Following new legislation in Ripsylvania, the government's foreign policy statements are less threatening than a World Assembly cease-and-desist letter.
  • : Following new legislation in Ripsylvania, the well-to-do in The East Pacific are never on time for important appointments.
  • : Ripsylvania was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Highest Average Tax Rates and the Top 10% for Most Cheerful Citizens.
  • : Following new legislation in Ripsylvania, sex changes are routinely performed at Ripsylvania's hospitals.
  • : Following new legislation in Ripsylvania, voting is compulsory.
  • : Following new legislation in Ripsylvania, board shorts have replaced board rooms.


World Assembly

Endorsements Received: 182 » Evrigenis, Zukchiva, H-Zhena, VW53Aland, Brotherland, Marrabuk, Asendavia, East Malaysia, Talitoa, The Solar Ottomans, Freedomindia, Todd McCloud, Elejamie, HinduRashtr, Wiranath, Unger under over, Kucia, Lyontisia, North Insomnia, Headpat Central, Davinhia, Lanagon, The Empire of Rijelv, A Slanted Black Stripe, Nifalembria Zamingstan, La xinga, Wizardonia, Trimmania, Goodnamesarerare, Ridann, Abtracnt, The Almighty Country, Rainbow Vests, The United States of Indy, Adioration, ReReReRepublic, The Death Syndicate, Grossvietnam, New Liberitad, Pizza devil cat, Lundenia, Trulu, Tretrid, Tshana, Interdimensional Waifus, Enlil, Rhealaliit, Kilkire, Federated States of Zootron, Axdel, and 132 others.Republic of Berzerkistan, Dragons Blood, Amjedia, Schrebia, Outer Verron Swicia Islands, Lingu, Servants of Gizmo, Kaigi, Kangarawa, Euricanis, Roliganistan, Firenation91, Drunken Seal Islands, United China Nation, The Soviet Space Commie Union, Socialist Holy American Empire, Bai Lung, ReeK, Dragonia, Kriov, Adavan, The Militarius Imperium, Sansangra, Slys Paws, CopyCato, Dreamersistan, Generousity, FreedomIand, Barfleur, Biggstonia, Chria Deau, Luisagna, Enou, Fellon, New Bradenia Ghost, Imperial Akatsuki, The Eternal Land of Jong, Squid Ruinosa, Iodinia, Impia Aghte, Taurora, Wanabe, Monteconstance, Azureano, Aeljae, Propwash, Bakaworld, Zang0, Bullpups, Greater New Cassandra, BuciLand, Cameronia Excellentia, The Three States of Fortuna, Broengtopia, Staynes, Icelandic Imperium, Bytes, Dratava, Slonful, Arouran, Kublam, Tantia, Pekweng, Joundia, Werglum, Riveraland, Moewland, Airrajul, Sovietsoyuz, Technocraticofgivus, Nurmani, Khadah, France Occidentale, Khvetsch, Lurolona, Great Aztlatan CommonWealth, Roissyland, Janoobi Jazair, Mays Austrian Nation, Mahatakutana, Bharatewa, Distro-Spartica, A mean old man, Santa Dystopia, Kagorg Bra Corna, Survivoristan, Fuflix workers union, La Isla Nueva, Eastern Hyront Scassen, Stellar Colonies, Ephem, Sen Jast, New Leganes, BearStackof2015, Horn of Havenkaap, ArenaC, Cellar Doors, Gunov, Forro Islands, Coruh, New Bobby, Markhor, Oofery, Skaivania, Centrical Union, Acronis, Nevertopia, Wallenburg, South Azerbijan, Lanwa, EHTYCSCYTHE, Tassirion, Debluu, Claniangdow, CheeseBurrito, From New World, Yelkinam, Dravida India, Vogar, Hellod Immury, Aeoliah, Hogwarts of muggles, Insi Karai, THE V0ID, JosheNation, Lorrana, Eastern Alksearia, Modra, Cakitalim, Blobbo, North Bernia, and Jove Mahmo.

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