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The 🌲Rewilding🌲 of Ruinenlust

“The Past Was the Worst.”

Category: Civil Rights Lovefest
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Regional Influence: Diplomat

Location: Forest



Population13.168 billion

LeaderRex Silvae

AnimalFlying Squirrel

The 🌲Rewilding🌲 of Ruinenlust is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by Rex Silvae with a fair hand, and remarkable for its rum-swilling pirates, national health service, and unlimited-speed roads. The compassionate, hard-working, democratic, cheerful population of 13.168 billion Rūins hold their civil and political rights very dear, although the wealthy and those in business tend to be viewed with suspicion.

The medium-sized, liberal, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Environment, Education, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Dendropolis. The average income tax rate is 90.3%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Rūined economy, worth a remarkable 3,016 trillion Runes a year, is highly specialized and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Tourism, Book Publishing, and Retail. Average income is an amazing 229,101 Runes, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

It turns out you can teach cats new tricks, a sudden shout of "surprise!" does not herald a party for teachers, being dead no longer has any benefits, and computer users are buried daily in thousands of unsolicited emails. Crime, especially youth-related, is all-pervasive, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. Ruinenlust's national animal is the Flying Squirrel, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

Ruinenlust is ranked 615th in the world and 9th in Forest for Largest Publishing Industry, scoring 41,647.28 on the Bella Potter Productivity e-Index.

Best Weather: 133rdMost Influential: 152ndMost Beautiful Environments: 165thRudest Citizens: 184thMost Inclusive: 320thMost Rebellious Youth: 340thHighest Food Quality: 433rdMost Cheerful Citizens: 555thNicest Citizens: 560thMost Compassionate Citizens: 611thLargest Publishing Industry: 615thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 849thHighest Drug Use: 1,001stMost Extensive Civil Rights: 1,034thMost Politically Free: 1,273rdMost Cultured: 1,279thMost Pacifist: 1,434thHighest Crime Rates: 1,715thSmartest Citizens: 1,977thLargest Information Technology Sector: 2,007thMost Scientifically Advanced: 2,126thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2,172ndLeast Corrupt Governments: 2,384thTop
Most Developed: 2,908thHighest Poor Incomes: 3,277thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 3,603rdHealthiest Citizens: 3,986thLongest Average Lifespans: 4,189thHighest Average Incomes: 5,173rdMost Efficient Economies: 5,251stHighest Economic Output: 5,800thLargest Governments: 6,521stLargest Welfare Programs: 7,160thMost Valuable International Artwork: 8,039thLargest Retail Industry: 8,149thMost Stationary: 8,172ndMost Secular: 8,433rdNudest: 9,171stHighest Average Tax Rates: 9,436thMost Armed: 10,793rdMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 12,911thMost Advanced Public Transport: 13,611thTop
Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 15,769thMost Advanced Public Education: 15,857thMost Subsidized Industry: 16,833rdLargest Populations: 24,592ndHighest Wealthy Incomes: 27,143rd
Highest Drug Use: 1st in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 1st in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 1st in the regionMost Politically Free: 1st in the regionRudest Citizens: 2nd in the regionMost Influential: 2nd in the regionTop
Most Inclusive: 4th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 5th in the regionBest Weather: 7th in the regionNicest Citizens: 8th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 8th in the regionHighest Food Quality: 8th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 9th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 9th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 10th in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 13th in the regionMost Stationary: 14th in the regionNudest: 16th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 17th in the regionMost Armed: 17th in the regionTop
Most Scientifically Advanced: 19th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 21st in the regionMost Cultured: 23rd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 28th in the regionMost Extreme: 29th in the regionMost Pacifist: 30th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 32nd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 34th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Ruinenlust, computer users are buried daily in thousands of unsolicited emails.
  • : Following new legislation in Ruinenlust, being dead no longer has any benefits.
  • : Following new legislation in Ruinenlust, a sudden shout of "surprise!" does not herald a party for teachers.
  • : Following new legislation in Ruinenlust, it turns out you can teach cats new tricks.
  • : Ruinenlust lodged a message on the Forest Regional Message Board.
  • : Following new legislation in Ruinenlust, nervous homeowners have been blamed for rising death rates amongst carol singers and locksmiths.
  • : Ruinenlust voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Repeal "Commend Europeia"".
  • : Ruinenlust was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Advanced Public Transport and the Top 10% for Highest Wealthy Incomes.
  • : Following new legislation in Ruinenlust, mandatory state-funded classes teach Libertarianism.
  • : Ruinenlust approved the World Assembly proposal "Repeal "Commend Europeia"".