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The Defunct Queendom of Rothaland

“For the Great Green North/Fr Sei Grooten Grnen Nora” Queen Iona I

Category: Libertarian Police State
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Regional Influence: Squire

Location: The Wolf Clan



Population6.945 billion

LeaderQueen Iona I

AnimalMute Swan

The Defunct Queendom of Rothaland is a colossal, genial nation, ruled by Queen Iona I with an iron fist, and remarkable for its rampant corporate plagiarism, absence of drug laws, and punitive income tax rates. The compassionate, cynical, cheerful population of 6.945 billion Roths are proud of their wide-ranging civil freedoms, and those who aren't tend to be dragged off the streets by men in dark suits and hustled into cars with tinted windows.

The enormous, corrupt, liberal government juggles the competing demands of Education, Environment, and Welfare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Marksburg. The income tax rate is 100%.

The frighteningly efficient Rothish economy, worth a remarkable 1,510 trillion Rothamarks a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is highly specialized, is mostly made up of the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Tourism and Book Publishing. Average income is an amazing 217,452 Rothamarks, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The navy is hoping to hear the enemy shout "you sank my battleship!", a favorite "life hack" for gap year backpackers is to pretend to be homeless for government handouts, there's an aura of pseudoscience around academia, and enemy agents are generally eliminated with extreme prejudice. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Rothaland's national animal is the Mute Swan, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Secularism.

Rothaland is ranked 131,527th in the world and 71st in The Wolf Clan for Rudest Citizens, with 46.62 Insults Per Minute.

Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 380thLargest Welfare Programs: 533rdMost Beautiful Environments: 577thMost Inclusive: 631stMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 643rdMost Advanced Public Education: 805thNicest Citizens: 819thMost Compassionate Citizens: 862ndBest Weather: 865thMost Cultured: 890thHighest Average Tax Rates: 893rdMost Cheerful Citizens: 975thMost Advanced Public Transport: 1,093rdMost Secular: 1,131stHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 1,193rdLargest Governments: 1,205thMost Pacifist: 1,268thMost Developed: 1,693rdLowest Crime Rates: 1,899thSmartest Citizens: 1,959thLongest Average Lifespans: 2,371stTop
Most Efficient Economies: 2,754thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 2,835thHighest Poor Incomes: 2,851stMost Scientifically Advanced: 2,862ndMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2,871stLargest Information Technology Sector: 2,882ndHealthiest Citizens: 3,743rdMost Subsidized Industry: 4,117thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 4,267thHighest Average Incomes: 5,270thLargest Publishing Industry: 6,022ndMost Rebellious Youth: 6,609thHighest Economic Output: 11,761stNudest: 11,778thTop
Most Valuable International Artwork: 15,223rdMost Corrupt Governments: 16,509thHighest Drug Use: 16,764th
Most Cultured: 1st in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 1st in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1st in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1st in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 1st in the regionBest Weather: 1st in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Developed: 1st in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1st in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 1st in the regionMost Pacifist: 1st in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 1st in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 1st in the regionNicest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 1st in the regionMost Inclusive: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 1st in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 1st in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 1st in the regionTop
Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 2nd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2nd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 3rd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 3rd in the regionMost Secular: 3rd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 4th in the regionLargest Governments: 4th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 4th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 5th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 5th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 6th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 6th in the regionNudest: 7th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 7th in the regionTop
Highest Average Incomes: 10th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 12th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 13th in the regionSafest: 14th in the region

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