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The Kingdom of Ronster

“We are simply, one hell of a nation.”

Category: Moralistic Democracy
Civil Rights:
Few
Economy:
Powerhouse
Political Freedoms:
Good

Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: the South Pacific

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Ronster

Population604 million

CapitalWolfdon

CurrencyPound
AnimalWolf

The Kingdom of Ronster is a huge, environmentally stunning nation, renowned for its ban on automobiles, vat-grown people, and keen interest in outer space. The hard-nosed population of 604 million Ronsterians are highly moralistic and fiercely conservative, in the sense that they tend to believe most things should be outlawed. People who have good jobs and work quietly at them are lauded; others are viewed with suspicion.

The medium-sized government juggles the competing demands of Education, Law & Order, and Environment. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Wolfdon. The average income tax rate is 45.7%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The powerhouse Ronsterian economy, worth 66.4 trillion Pounds a year, is fairly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Tourism, Book Publishing, and Basket Weaving. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 109,921 Pounds, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Wealthy parents-to-be can select their perfect baby, sullen teenagers in bright orange 'community payback' onesies can be seen picking litter at the roadside, the military is slashing spending on conventional arms and diverting it to spending on prosthetic arms, and droves of former desperados are applying to join the border police. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Ronster's national animal is the Wolf, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Ronster is ranked 143,790th in the world and 6,675th in the South Pacific for Largest Welfare Programs, scoring 68.55 on the Safety Net Mesh Density Rating.

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5%
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 2,616thMost Influential: 6,612thTop
10%
Largest Publishing Industry: 9,533rdLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 11,242ndLargest Information Technology Sector: 11,410thHighest Poor Incomes: 14,478thLowest Crime Rates: 15,329thSmartest Citizens: 15,814thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 16,298thMost Scientifically Advanced: 16,501st
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5%
Largest Publishing Industry: 269th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 367th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 370th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 392nd in the regionTop
10%
Lowest Crime Rates: 415th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 415th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 427th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 481st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 481st in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 496th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 521st in the regionMost Influential: 527th in the regionMost Cultured: 531st in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 550th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 614th in the regionMost Developed: 621st in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 633rd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 667th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 672nd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 707th in the regionMost Pacifist: 728th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Ronster voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Condemn Darkesia".
  • : Following new legislation in Ronster, droves of former desperados are applying to join the border police.
  • : Following new legislation in Ronster, the military is slashing spending on conventional arms and diverting it to spending on prosthetic arms.
  • : Following new legislation in Ronster, sullen teenagers in bright orange 'community payback' onesies can be seen picking litter at the roadside.
  • : Ronster's influence in The South Pacific rose from "Sprat" to "Shoeshiner".
  • : Ronster was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Advanced Law Enforcement.
  • : Following new legislation in Ronster, wealthy parents-to-be can select their perfect baby.
  • : Following new legislation in Ronster, polling place volunteers are suddenly opening a huge number of offshore bank accounts.
  • : Following new legislation in Ronster, the nation operates a "finders-keepers" policy with other nations' citizens.
  • : Following new legislation in Ronster, every microwave and toaster is being disassembled and probed by inspectors.

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