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The Inexorable Weathering of Ruinenlust

“ the ruin of all. Yet hope remains.”

Category: Civil Rights Lovefest
Civil Rights:
Political Freedoms:
Widely Abused

Regional Influence: Diplomat

Location: Forest



Population9.968 billion


AnimalFlying Squirrel

The Inexorable Weathering of Ruinenlust is a colossal, environmentally stunning nation, remarkable for its unlimited-speed roads, keen interest in outer space, and irreverence towards religion. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 9.968 billion Skeptics hold their civil and political rights very dear, although the wealthy and those in business tend to be viewed with suspicion.

The relatively small, liberal, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Education, Environment, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Dendropolis. The average income tax rate is 44.1%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Ruinenlustian economy, worth a remarkable 1,951 trillion Runes a year, is quite specialized and led by the Tourism industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Book Publishing, and Retail. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 195,778 Runes, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Tourists from around the world come to visit the country's famous rainforests, eight-year-olds can be seen lighting up in public areas, graffiti graces every city's streets, and schoolboys who turn to watch pretty girls go by are given detention. Crime, especially youth-related, is pervasive, with the police force struggling against a lack of funding and a high mortality rate. Ruinenlust's national animal is the Flying Squirrel, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

Ruinenlust is ranked 26,834th in the world and 172nd in Forest for Most Advanced Public Education, scoring 5,848.42 on the Edu-tellignce® Test Score.

Most Influential: 254thMost Beautiful Environments: 305thBest Weather: 321stMost Inclusive: 424thRudest Citizens: 495thMost Rebellious Youth: 568thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 597thLargest Publishing Industry: 684thMost Compassionate Citizens: 716thNicest Citizens: 723rdMost Cultured: 1,048thMost Cheerful Citizens: 1,271stLeast Corrupt Governments: 1,470thMost Pacifist: 1,738thSmartest Citizens: 2,030thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2,161stLargest Information Technology Sector: 2,297thHighest Crime Rates: 2,407thTop
Most Scientifically Advanced: 2,662ndMost Developed: 3,066thHighest Poor Incomes: 3,756thHighest Disposable Incomes: 5,150thHealthiest Citizens: 6,277thHighest Average Incomes: 7,059thLargest Retail Industry: 7,890thLongest Average Lifespans: 8,255thHighest Economic Output: 8,407thMost Secular: 9,622ndNudest: 9,740thMost Stationary: 9,742ndTop
Most Valuable International Artwork: 12,414thMost Armed: 13,418thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 13,604thMost Extensive Civil Rights: 14,545thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 15,037thMost Politically Free: 16,115thHighest Drug Use: 19,477thLargest Governments: 22,372nd
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 1st in the regionMost Influential: 3rd in the regionTop
Most Extensive Civil Rights: 5th in the regionRudest Citizens: 6th in the regionMost Inclusive: 7th in the regionMost Politically Free: 8th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 11th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 12th in the regionBest Weather: 12th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 13th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 14th in the regionMost Stationary: 15th in the regionNicest Citizens: 16th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 16th in the regionMost Cultured: 17th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 22nd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 22nd in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 22nd in the regionTop
Nudest: 26th in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 26th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 26th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 32nd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 32nd in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 36th in the regionMost Pacifist: 39th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 39th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 40th in the regionMost Extreme: 41st in the regionMost Developed: 44th in the region

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