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The Galactic Empire of Riptaria

“KILL OR BE KILLED”

Category: Iron Fist Consumerists
Civil Rights:
Outlawed
Economy:
All-Consuming
Political Freedoms:
Unheard Of

Regional Influence: Vassal

Location: The United Federations

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Riptaria

Population2.83 billion

Capitalriptaria city
Leadergeneral degaras

Currencyripion
AnimalSlave

The Galactic Empire of Riptaria is a massive, efficient nation, ruled by general degaras with an iron fist, and remarkable for its complete lack of prisons, frequent executions, and smutty television. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 2.83 billion Riptarians are kept under strict control by the oppressive government, which measures its success by the nation's GDP and refers to individual citizens as "human resources."

The medium-sized, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government is effectively ruled by the Department of Defense, although Law & Order is also considered important, while International Aid and Environment aren't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of riptaria city. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 87.5%.

The all-consuming Riptarian economy, worth 830 trillion ripions a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is an enormous, deeply entrenched, broadly diversified black market in Arms Manufacturing, Uranium Mining, Information Technology, and Woodchip Exports. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is an amazing 293,405 ripions, with the richest citizens earning 6.7 times as much as the poorest.

The military perceives nations hit by natural disasters as "easy pickings", assault rifles sized for 7-year-olds are a frighteningly popular export, tourists flock to see the giant stone carvings of historical leaders at Mount Rushless, and military spending is on the increase. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Riptaria's national animal is the Slave, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Riptaria is ranked 66,352nd in the world and 100th in The United Federations for Largest Publishing Industry, scoring 2,954.71 on the Bella Potter Productivity e-Index.

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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 59thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 98thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 139thMost Secular: 888thLargest Black Market: 1,135thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1,448thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1,499thMost Corrupt Governments: 1,574thTop
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Highest Average Incomes: 1,755thMost Avoided: 1,757thMost Conservative: 2,412thLargest Mining Sector: 2,418thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 2,679thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 3,857thFattest Citizens: 4,344thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 5,331stLargest Governments: 5,931stMost Authoritarian: 7,560thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 7,854thHighest Poor Incomes: 8,348thTop
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Most Influential: 8,747thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 8,797thHighest Average Tax Rates: 8,970th
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Highest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Secular: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1st in the regionLargest Black Market: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 1st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionMost Conservative: 1st in the regionTop
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Highest Wealthy Incomes: 2nd in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 2nd in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 2nd in the regionMost Avoided: 2nd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 2nd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 3rd in the regionMost Authoritarian: 3rd in the regionMost Extreme: 4th in the regionLargest Governments: 4th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 4th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 6th in the regionFattest Citizens: 8th in the regionTop
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Highest Average Tax Rates: 10th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 12th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 13th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Riptaria voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Ban on Sterilisation of Minors etc".
  • : Following new legislation in Riptaria, military spending is on the increase.
  • : Following new legislation in Riptaria, tourists flock to see the giant stone carvings of historical leaders at Mount Rushless.
  • : Following new legislation in Riptaria, assault rifles sized for 7-year-olds are a frighteningly popular export.
  • : Following new legislation in Riptaria, the military perceives nations hit by natural disasters as "easy pickings".
  • : Following new legislation in Riptaria, a small country is wondering where their capitol building's gold dome went.
  • : Following new legislation in Riptaria, paraplegics are told to walk it off.
  • : Following new legislation in Riptaria, citizens are deployed to barren deserts to protect small territorial claims.
  • : Following new legislation in Riptaria, political activists are routinely executed.
  • : Following new legislation in Riptaria, water fights now end with thousands dead.

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Endorsements Received: 5 » Vooperian Paradise, Tropisca, Dabberwocky, The Rat, and BJMShaw.

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