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The Principality of Riversedge

“We exist!”

Category: Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
Civil Rights:
Excellent
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Average

Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: The North Pacific

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Riversedge

Population3.656 billion

CapitalRedwater
LeaderAdriaan van Oranje

Currencyducat
Animalbanana slug

The Principality of Riversedge is a massive, socially progressive nation, ruled by Adriaan van Oranje with an even hand, and remarkable for its free-roaming dinosaurs, irreverence towards religion, and punitive income tax rates. The hard-nosed, hard-working population of 3.656 billion Riversedgeans have some civil rights, but not too many, enjoy the freedom to spend their money however they like, to a point, and take part in free and open elections, although not too often.

The medium-sized, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Industry, Education, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Redwater. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 76.4%.

The frighteningly efficient Riversedgean economy, worth a remarkable 1,068 trillion ducats a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Retail industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Arms Manufacturing, and Book Publishing. Black market activity is rampant. Average income is an amazing 292,181 ducats, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 972,486 per year while the poor average 65,413, a ratio of 14.9 to 1.

Homeowners are evicted to make way for new runways, cutting-edge missile systems are being retrofitted to twin-prop air force biplanes, politicians "baring all" for the camera isn't always a figure of speech, and judicial torture is outsourced overseas. Crime is totally unknown. Riversedge's national animal is the banana slug, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Riversedge is ranked 127,424th in the world and 5,588th in The North Pacific for Most Politically Free, scoring 54.48 on the Diebold Election Inking Scale.

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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 560thLargest Retail Industry: 622ndMost Efficient Economies: 780thMost Influential: 846thMost Subsidized Industry: 1,296thRudest Citizens: 1,668thLargest Agricultural Sector: 1,804thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1,840thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 2,036thTop
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Highest Average Incomes: 2,139thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 2,335thMost Scientifically Advanced: 2,389thMost Avoided: 3,117thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 3,352ndLargest Publishing Industry: 3,523rdSmartest Citizens: 3,611thMost Developed: 3,676thLargest Mining Sector: 4,014thLargest Governments: 4,059thMost Cultured: 4,406thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 4,519thMost Corrupt Governments: 4,582ndLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 4,914thMost Inclusive: 5,237thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 5,257thLargest Information Technology Sector: 5,325thLargest Black Market: 5,509thLowest Crime Rates: 6,554thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 6,605thMost Secular: 6,980thLongest Average Lifespans: 8,517thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 9,801stMost Advanced Public Education: 10,134thTop
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Most Rebellious Youth: 10,330thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 11,516thMost Valuable International Artwork: 11,674thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 13,101stHealthiest Citizens: 13,768thHighest Economic Output: 15,826thHighest Disposable Incomes: 16,759thHighest Average Tax Rates: 17,484thLargest Welfare Programs: 18,761st
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Largest Retail Industry: 38th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 42nd in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 49th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 68th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 69th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 75th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 92nd in the regionTop
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Most Avoided: 99th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 105th in the regionRudest Citizens: 106th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 127th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 141st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 155th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 167th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 181st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 194th in the regionLargest Governments: 204th in the regionMost Developed: 207th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 208th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 221st in the regionLargest Black Market: 226th in the regionMost Cultured: 232nd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 248th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 284th in the regionMost Influential: 305th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 320th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 323rd in the regionMost Inclusive: 333rd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 360th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 377th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 392nd in the regionMost Secular: 396th in the regionTop
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Longest Average Lifespans: 499th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 511th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 516th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 614th in the regionNudest: 683rd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 690th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 730th in the regionMost Stationary: 779th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 786th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 786th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 854th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 864th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 867th in the region

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