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The Grand Duchy of Rivienland

“Providence Prevails”

Category: Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
Civil Rights:
Average
Economy:
All-Consuming
Political Freedoms:
Good

Regional Influence: Squire

Location: Forest

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Rivienland

Population5.379 billion

CapitalHindeveen
LeaderGrand Duke Willem-Christoffel the Fourth
FaithCatholicism

CurrencyRivenlander guilder
AnimalRivienlander yellow warbler

The Grand Duchy of Rivienland is a colossal, genial nation, ruled by Grand Duke Willem-Christoffel the Fourth with an even hand, and notable for its museums and concert halls, ban on automobiles, and punitive income tax rates. The compassionate, hard-working, devout population of 5.379 billion Rivienlanders 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 enormous government juggles the competing demands of Education, Environment, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Hindeveen. The average income tax rate is 68.3%.

The all-consuming Rivienlandian economy, worth 314 trillion Rivenlander guilders a year, is highly specialized and mostly made up of the Beef-Based Agriculture industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing and Cheese Exports. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is 58,387 Rivenlander guilders, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 3.6 times as much as the poorest.

The recently unemployed can often be seen at the local homeless shelter, travelers are subject to extensive searches if beet stains are visible on their clothing, kindergartners' favourite dance move is the stop-drop-and-roll, and thousands of children die every day from easily curable illnesses. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Rivienland's national animal is the Rivienlander yellow warbler, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Catholicism.

Rivienland is ranked 115,722nd in the world and 281st in Forest for Highest Wealthy Incomes, with 106,337 Standard Monetary Units.

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Most Primitive: 1,411thMost Devout: 1,763rdLargest Agricultural Sector: 2,264thTop
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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 3,290thMost Influential: 4,101stMost Cultured: 4,946thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 5,676thMost Beautiful Environments: 6,061stBest Weather: 7,034thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 7,971stTop
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Most Pacifist: 12,898thMost Advanced Public Education: 14,568thMost Compassionate Citizens: 14,724thNicest Citizens: 15,780thLargest Publishing Industry: 19,651stMost Average: 21,746thLowest Crime Rates: 23,846th
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Most Average: 5th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 12th in the regionMost Devout: 19th in the regionMost Primitive: 24th in the regionTop
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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 29th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Rivienland, thousands of children die every day from easily curable illnesses.
  • : Following new legislation in Rivienland, kindergartners' favourite dance move is the stop-drop-and-roll.
  • : Following new legislation in Rivienland, travelers are subject to extensive searches if beet stains are visible on their clothing.
  • : Rivienland voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Repeal "Digital Network Defense"".
  • : Following new legislation in Rivienland, the recently unemployed can often be seen at the local homeless shelter.
  • : Following new legislation in Rivienland, you can tell when Rivienlanders are being snarky by the fact their lips are moving.
  • : Following new legislation in Rivienland, citizens are encouraged to report friends, family members or co-workers who seem depressed to the government for "counselling".
  • : Following new legislation in Rivienland, trust-fund babies line up for places in community college.
  • : Following new legislation in Rivienland, many parents are becoming frustrated with their children's choices in spouses.
  • : Rivienland lodged a message on the Forest Regional Message Board.

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