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The Commonwealth of Rubian Empire

“God is emperor, the emperor is God”

Category: Iron Fist Socialists
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Regional Influence: Apprentice

Location: the Rejected Realms


Rubian Empire

Population8.17 billion

LeaderMatthaios Angelos


The Commonwealth of Rubian Empire is a colossal, orderly nation, ruled by Matthaios Angelos with an iron fist, and notable for its frequent executions, free-roaming dinosaurs, and keen interest in outer space. The compassionate, cynical, cheerful population of 8.17 billion Rubians are ruled with an iron fist by the socialist government, which grants its people the freedom to do whatever they like so long as it doesn't involve getting richer than anybody else or challenging the government.

The large, corrupt, socially-minded, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Education, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Ruby. The income tax rate is 100%.

The frighteningly efficient Rubian Empirean economy, worth a remarkable 2,612 trillion Angelos a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is quite specialized, is led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Tourism, and Beef-Based Agriculture. Average income is an amazing 319,751 Angelos, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

High-income earners pay a 100% tax rate, conductors wield diamond-encrusted batons to fit in with their freshly gilded surroundings, billions of Angelos are being blown on orbital weapons development, and the once prosperous capital is in utter decline. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Rubian Empire's national animal is the Hawk, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies, and its national religion is Secular.

Rubian Empire is ranked 110,180th in the world and 3,110th in the Rejected Realms for Largest Basket Weaving Sector, scoring 1,224.06 on the Hickory Productivity Index.

Highest Poor Incomes: 389thLargest Governments: 391stLowest Crime Rates: 394thHighest Average Tax Rates: 404thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 707thMost Efficient Economies: 761stMost Developed: 764thMost Inclusive: 824thLongest Average Lifespans: 893rdSmartest Citizens: 953rdMost Advanced Defense Forces: 964thLargest Welfare Programs: 1,081stMost Secular: 1,113thMost Advanced Public Education: 1,129thSafest: 1,231stMost Cultured: 1,263rdMost Beautiful Environments: 1,285thMost Scientifically Advanced: 1,316thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1,351stHealthiest Citizens: 1,545thHighest Average Incomes: 1,597thMost Subsidized Industry: 1,859thLargest Information Technology Sector: 1,872ndTop
Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2,093rdMost Cheerful Citizens: 2,095thLargest Agricultural Sector: 2,204thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2,384thBest Weather: 2,727thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 2,870thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 2,965thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 3,270thMost Influential: 3,446thNicest Citizens: 3,541stMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3,565thMost Valuable International Artwork: 3,787thMost Advanced Public Transport: 4,265thMost Compassionate Citizens: 4,386thHighest Economic Output: 5,207thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 5,236thMost Corrupt Governments: 5,430thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 6,206thTop
Most Income Equality: 12,286thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 12,949thLargest Retail Industry: 13,959thLargest Publishing Industry: 16,985thMost Stationary: 18,612th
Lowest Crime Rates: 14th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 17th in the regionLargest Governments: 18th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 18th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 21st in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 22nd in the regionMost Influential: 25th in the regionMost Developed: 26th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 29th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 30th in the regionMost Inclusive: 30th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 30th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 31st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 33rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 34th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 36th in the regionMost Cultured: 36th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 37th in the regionSafest: 38th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 41st in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 46th in the regionMost Secular: 47th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 53rd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 57th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 59th in the regionTop
Largest Agricultural Sector: 67th in the regionBest Weather: 76th in the regionNicest Citizens: 77th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 77th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 79th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 85th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 89th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 90th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 112th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 113th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 113th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 134th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 142nd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 154th in the regionMost Stationary: 196th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 257th in the regionMost Income Equality: 268th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 278th in the regionTop
Highest Wealthy Incomes: 328th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 329th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 372nd in the regionNudest: 567th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Rubian Empire, the once prosperous capital is in utter decline.
  • : Following new legislation in Rubian Empire, billions of Angelos are being blown on orbital weapons development.
  • : Rubian Empire endorsed The Disputed Territories of Agua de Pelar Porco II.
  • : Following new legislation in Rubian Empire, conductors wield diamond-encrusted batons to fit in with their freshly gilded surroundings.
  • : Following new legislation in Rubian Empire, high-income earners pay a 100% tax rate.
  • : Following new legislation in Rubian Empire, organ donation rates have hit a new low.
  • : Following new legislation in Rubian Empire, pre-takeoff checks last longer than the flights themselves.
  • : Following new legislation in Rubian Empire, the national guard is mobilized whenever a mother gets separated from her child at the mall.
  • : Following new legislation in Rubian Empire, the "swords to plowshares" policy has created a generation of farmers that can kill a yak from 200 yards away.
  • : Rubian Empire was endorsed by The Disputed Territories of Agua de Pelar Porco II.


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