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The Mystery of Rumors

“Facta Non Verba”

Category: Civil Rights Lovefest
Civil Rights:
World Benchmark
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Excessive

Regional Influence: Squire

Location: Thaecia

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Rumors

Population6.606 billion

CapitalThe City of Truth
LeaderMr Joker

CurrencyClaw
AnimalWolf

The Mystery of Rumors is a colossal, efficient nation, ruled by Mr Joker with a fair hand, and notable for its otherworldly petting zoo, national health service, and pith helmet sales. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 6.606 billion Rumorians hold their civil and political rights very dear, although the wealthy and those in business tend to be viewed with suspicion.

The medium-sized, corrupt, liberal, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Administration, Education, and Environment. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of The City of Truth. The average income tax rate is 98.0%.

The frighteningly efficient Rumorian economy, worth a remarkable 1,752 trillion Claws 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 a large, well-organized, fairly diversified black market in Tourism, Information Technology, Soda Sales, and Retail. 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 265,216 Claws, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Military equipment stores have a tendency to go up in flames, Rumorian athletes are close to breaking the 2 minute mile and the 16 meter long jump, the nation has nearly as many history museums as Rumorians, and scenic mountain valleys are flooded with water as damming projects get underway. Crime is totally unknown. Rumors's national animal is the Wolf, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Rumors is ranked 6,079th in the world and 14th in Thaecia for Most Secular, with 97.6 Atheism Rate.

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Rudest Citizens: 618thMost Valuable International Artwork: 967thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1,264thHighest Poor Incomes: 1,290thMost Inclusive: 1,345thLargest Welfare Programs: 1,841stMost Rebellious Youth: 2,028thMost Efficient Economies: 2,075thLargest Governments: 2,087thTop
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Highest Average Tax Rates: 2,374thMost Scientifically Advanced: 2,379thHighest Drug Use: 2,616thSmartest Citizens: 2,726thMost Advanced Public Education: 2,766thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 2,794thHighest Average Incomes: 2,870thLargest Information Technology Sector: 2,954thFattest Citizens: 2,995thMost Cheerful Citizens: 3,080thMost Advanced Public Transport: 3,463rdMost Subsidized Industry: 4,087thMost Cultured: 4,455thLargest Black Market: 4,605thMost Developed: 5,310thNicest Citizens: 5,389thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 5,620thMost Beautiful Environments: 6,006thMost Secular: 6,079thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 6,117thLargest Retail Industry: 6,147thMost Compassionate Citizens: 6,395thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 7,162ndLargest Publishing Industry: 7,760thMost Influential: 7,993rdHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 8,437thHighest Economic Output: 8,950thNudest: 9,672ndTop
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Most Corrupt Governments: 14,363rdHighest Wealthy Incomes: 15,230thMost Politically Free: 15,574thMost Extensive Civil Rights: 18,177th
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Rudest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Politically Free: 2nd in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 2nd in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Inclusive: 2nd in the regionFattest Citizens: 2nd in the regionLargest Governments: 2nd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 2nd in the regionTop
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Most Valuable International Artwork: 3rd in the regionHighest Drug Use: 3rd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 3rd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 3rd in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 3rd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 3rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 3rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 3rd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 4th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 4th in the regionMost Cultured: 5th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 5th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 5th in the regionLargest Black Market: 6th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 6th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 7th in the regionNudest: 7th in the regionMost Developed: 7th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 8th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 9th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 10th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 12th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 13th in the regionTop
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Most Secular: 14th in the regionLargest Populations: 14th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 14th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 14th in the regionNicest Citizens: 16th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 17th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 18th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 20th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 24th in the regionMost Extreme: 25th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Rumors was endorsed by The Insurmountable Odds of Cirrus Azale.
  • : Following new legislation in Rumors, scenic mountain valleys are flooded with water as damming projects get underway.
  • : Following new legislation in Rumors, the nation has nearly as many history museums as Rumorians.
  • : Rumors was endorsed by The Borderlands of Giant Redwoods.
  • : Rumors voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Commend Altino".
  • : Rumors voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Ensuring Effectual Recycling".
  • : Following new legislation in Rumors, Rumorian athletes are close to breaking the 2 minute mile and the 16 meter long jump.
  • : Following new legislation in Rumors, military equipment stores have a tendency to go up in flames.
  • : Following new legislation in Rumors, nine out of ten citizens of Rumors answered 'nuclear safety inspector' when asked their occupation.
  • : Following new legislation in Rumors, 100-year-old politicians are now a thing of the past.

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