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The Errant Knights of Rughzhenhaide

“Merit makes heroes, Arrogance makes tyrants”

Category: Iron Fist Consumerists
Civil Rights:
Unheard Of
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Outlawed

Regional Influence: Hermit

Location: Ciede

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Rughzhenhaide

Population5.039 billion

CapitalReighnvhasta
LeaderSe Ren Zhenh
FaithTurtlezogoth

CurrencyRug
AnimalChimera

The Errant Knights of Rughzhenhaide is a colossal, orderly nation, ruled by Se Ren Zhenh with an iron fist, and remarkable for its deadly medical pandemics, compulsory military service, and triple-decker prams. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 5.039 billion Rughzhenhaideans are kept under strict control by the oppressive government, which measures its success by the nation's GDP and refers to individual citizens as "human resources."

The medium-sized, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government is primarily concerned with Defense, although Education, Administration, and Industry are also considered important, while International Aid and Spirituality aren't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Reighnvhasta. The average income tax rate is 92.5%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Rughzhenhaidean economy, worth a remarkable 1,365 trillion Rugs a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is an enormous, deeply entrenched, broadly diversified black market in Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, Book Publishing, and Uranium Mining. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is an amazing 270,971 Rugs, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.1 times as much as the poorest.

A soldier's body is a temple, kids these days know how to throw a proper punch, criminals are thrown to the Chimeras to repay their debt to society, and graverobbers claim they're acting within the interest of 'scientific preservation'. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Rughzhenhaide's national animal is the Chimera, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Turtlezogoth.

Rughzhenhaide is ranked 64,611th in the world and 1st in Ciede for Largest Basket Weaving Sector, scoring 3,062.1 on the Hickory Productivity Index.

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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 651stMost Advanced Defense Forces: 762ndLargest Manufacturing Sector: 991stMost Secular: 1,410thLargest Black Market: 1,974thHighest Poor Incomes: 1,990thTop
5%
Most Advanced Public Transport: 2,541stHighest Average Incomes: 2,663rdMost Corrupt Governments: 3,597thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 3,960thLargest Governments: 4,664thLargest Mining Sector: 4,909thMost Advanced Public Education: 5,174thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 5,577thNudest: 6,193rdHighest Average Tax Rates: 6,302ndMost Avoided: 6,490thMost Developed: 6,507thMost Valuable International Artwork: 6,538thFattest Citizens: 6,878thLowest Crime Rates: 7,033rdLargest Publishing Industry: 7,702ndLargest Insurance Industry: 7,985thMost Subsidized Industry: 8,385thLargest Agricultural Sector: 9,559thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 10,088thSmartest Citizens: 10,270thTop
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Highest Wealthy Incomes: 10,436thMost Efficient Economies: 10,612thMost Scientifically Advanced: 10,636thHighest Economic Output: 11,978thMost Authoritarian: 12,313thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 13,025thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 13,243rdLargest Information Technology Sector: 13,285thMost Conservative: 13,937thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 15,528thLongest Average Lifespans: 16,177thLargest Welfare Programs: 17,828thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 17,908thLargest Retail Industry: 18,584th

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