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The Mystery of Rumors

“Facta Non Verba”

Category: Civil Rights Lovefest
Civil Rights:
Excessive
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Widely Abused

Regional Influence: Squire

Location: Thaecia

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Rumors

Population6.17 billion

CapitalThe City of Truth
LeaderMr Joker

CurrencyClaw
AnimalWolf

The Mystery of Rumors is a colossal, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Mr Joker with a fair hand, and renowned for its daily referendums, free-roaming dinosaurs, and pith helmet sales. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 6.17 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 97.6%.

The frighteningly efficient Rumorian economy, worth a remarkable 1,616 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 261,957 Claws, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The slowest students feel vaguely targeted by their Mendelian Inheritance coursework, high-income earners pay a 100% tax rate, families waiting for delayed pipe installations hope daily for rain, and construction of the Really Big Hadron Collider is underway. Crime is totally unknown. Rumors's national animal is the Wolf, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Rumors is ranked 105,619th in the world and 229th in Thaecia for Largest Basket Weaving Sector, scoring 1,467.34 on the Hickory Productivity Index.

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Rudest Citizens: 633rdMost Valuable International Artwork: 721stLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1,172ndHighest Poor Incomes: 1,196thMost Inclusive: 1,469thLargest Welfare Programs: 1,761stHighest Drug Use: 2,020thTop
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Most Rebellious Youth: 2,168thMost Efficient Economies: 2,249thLargest Governments: 2,363rdMost Scientifically Advanced: 2,385thHighest Average Tax Rates: 2,599thHighest Average Incomes: 2,971stMost Advanced Public Education: 2,979thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 3,026thSmartest Citizens: 3,106thLargest Information Technology Sector: 3,140thFattest Citizens: 3,278thMost Cheerful Citizens: 3,492ndMost Advanced Public Transport: 3,661stMost Subsidized Industry: 3,843rdLargest Black Market: 4,175thMost Cultured: 4,510thMost Developed: 5,335thNicest Citizens: 5,549thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 5,822ndMost Secular: 6,185thMost Compassionate Citizens: 6,425thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 6,897thLargest Retail Industry: 7,061stMost Beautiful Environments: 7,832ndLargest Publishing Industry: 8,251stHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 8,494thNudest: 8,920thHighest Economic Output: 9,637thTop
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Most Influential: 10,710thMost Politically Free: 11,681stMost Corrupt Governments: 13,785thMost Extensive Civil Rights: 14,247thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 14,951stLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 16,110thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 17,083rd
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Highest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 1st in the regionRudest Citizens: 1st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 1st in the regionFattest Citizens: 2nd in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Inclusive: 3rd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 3rd in the regionMost Politically Free: 3rd in the regionLargest Black Market: 3rd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 3rd in the regionHighest Drug Use: 3rd in the regionTop
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Largest Governments: 4th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 4th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 4th in the regionMost Cultured: 4th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 5th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 5th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 5th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 5th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 6th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 6th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 6th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 6th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 8th in the regionNudest: 8th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 8th in the regionMost Developed: 11th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 12th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 15th in the regionLargest Populations: 16th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 18th in the regionMost Secular: 19th in the regionTop
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Largest Publishing Industry: 20th in the regionNicest Citizens: 21st in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 21st in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 21st in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 22nd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 22nd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 25th in the regionMost Extreme: 27th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 33rd in the region

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