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The Empire of Rizul

“Work hard, party harder” Emperor Pennybags

Category: Capitalizt
Civil Rights:
Superb
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Very Good

Regional Influence: Minnow

Location: 10000 Islands

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Rizul

Population7.464 billion

CapitalAtlantis
LeaderEmperor Pennybags

CurrencyZero
AnimalKraken

The Empire of Rizul is a colossal, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Emperor Pennybags with an even hand, and renowned for its smutty television, pith helmet sales, and irreverence towards religion. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, humorless population of 7.464 billion Rizulis enjoy some of the most opulent lifestyles in the region, unless they are unemployed or working-class, in which case they are variously starving to death or crippled by easily preventable diseases.

The relatively small, corrupt, liberal government is primarily concerned with Defense, although Industry, Education, and Environment are also considered important, while Spirituality and Welfare receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Atlantis. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 28.3%.

The frighteningly efficient Rizuli economy, worth a remarkable 1,446 trillion Zeros a year, is quite specialized and led by the Tourism industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Retail, and Gambling. Black market activity is rampant. Average income is an impressive 193,760 Zeros, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 695,664 per year while the poor average 38,666, a ratio of 18.0 to 1.

There's some really clean windows in Rizuli houses, photographers can be found hiding behind the curtains in Emperor Pennybags's bedroom, insurance companies charge extortionate premiums to cover homes near waterways, and urban graffiti is hand-calligraphed in perfectly kerned elegant fonts. Crime, especially youth-related, is all-pervasive, with the police force struggling against a lack of funding and a high mortality rate. Rizul's national animal is the Kraken, which frolics freely in the nation's sparkling oceans.

Rizul is ranked 16,092nd in the world and 183rd in 10000 Islands for Most Subsidized Industry, scoring 6,223.93 on the Gilded Widget Scale.

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Largest Gambling Industry: 541stRudest Citizens: 1,115thHighest Crime Rates: 1,462ndLargest Retail Industry: 1,731stTop
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Most Advanced Defense Forces: 2,994thHighest Disposable Incomes: 3,215thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 3,440thMost Rebellious Youth: 3,663rdHighest Wealthy Incomes: 4,068thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 5,026thMost Armed: 5,400thLargest Black Market: 5,897thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 6,497thMost Efficient Economies: 7,263rdLargest Information Technology Sector: 7,288thHighest Average Incomes: 8,207thLargest Publishing Industry: 8,588thMost Beautiful Environments: 9,331stNudest: 11,057thMost Cultured: 11,738thHighest Food Quality: 12,434thTop
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Highest Economic Output: 14,246thMost Secular: 14,323rdMost Inclusive: 14,963rdBest Weather: 15,384thMost Patriotic: 15,688thMost Subsidized Industry: 16,092ndMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 16,148thMost Influential: 16,218thMost Scientifically Advanced: 16,570thSmartest Citizens: 21,733rdLargest Governments: 22,708thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 23,525thMost Corrupt Governments: 26,054th
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Largest Gambling Industry: 8th in the regionTop
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Rudest Citizens: 24th in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 26th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 29th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 35th in the regionLargest Black Market: 49th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 52nd in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 52nd in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 55th in the regionMost Armed: 56th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 58th in the regionTop
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Most Rebellious Youth: 73rd in the regionNudest: 80th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 111th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 113th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 118th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 120th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 123rd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Rizul, urban graffiti is hand-calligraphed in perfectly kerned elegant fonts.
  • : Following new legislation in Rizul, insurance companies charge extortionate premiums to cover homes near waterways.
  • : Following new legislation in Rizul, photographers can be found hiding behind the curtains in Emperor Pennybags's bedroom.
  • : Following new legislation in Rizul, there's some really clean windows in Rizuli houses.
  • : Following new legislation in Rizul, graffiti graces every city's streets.
  • : Following new legislation in Rizul, the new "Bloodbath" orange tree autonomously seeks and destroys independent orchards.
  • : Following new legislation in Rizul, UFO sightings are listed daily in the morning news.
  • : Rizul was endorsed by The Hermit Kingdom of Iron Soviet.
  • : Following new legislation in Rizul, the country routinely whitewashes uncomfortable parts of its history.
  • : Following new legislation in Rizul, the tenet of free speech is held dear.

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