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The Mystery of Rumors

“Facta Non Verba”

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

Regional Influence: Truckler

Location: Thaecia

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Rumors

Population5.012 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 remarkable for its museums and concert halls, absence of drug laws, and spontaneously combusting cars. The compassionate, hard-working, democratic, cheerful population of 5.012 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 97.2%.

The frighteningly efficient Rumorian economy, worth a remarkable 1,239 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 slick, highly efficient, 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 247,360 Claws, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Citizens can't decide whether to be proud or horrified by the country's colonial history, drive-by spoilers are an increasingly common crime, tax-payers are funding ever more extravagant movie projects, and the nation is known abroad mostly for its Parliamentary antics. Crime is totally unknown. Rumors's national animal is the Wolf, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Rumors is ranked 45,022nd in the world and 4th in Thaecia for Most Stationary, with 237.67441733272 Days.

Top
1%
Rudest Citizens: 491stLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1,112thMost Inclusive: 1,305thTop
5%
Highest Poor Incomes: 1,671stHighest Drug Use: 1,977thMost Rebellious Youth: 2,102ndMost Scientifically Advanced: 2,314thLargest Welfare Programs: 2,363rdLargest Governments: 2,373rdHighest Average Tax Rates: 2,792ndFattest Citizens: 2,902ndHighest Average Incomes: 2,959thMost Developed: 3,064thSmartest Citizens: 3,225thLargest Information Technology Sector: 3,499thMost Advanced Public Education: 3,637thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 3,660thMost Cheerful Citizens: 3,921stMost Subsidized Industry: 3,969thMost Advanced Public Transport: 4,377thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 4,421stMost Cultured: 4,787thLargest Black Market: 4,865thMost Influential: 4,941stNicest Citizens: 5,245thMost Secular: 5,702ndMost Compassionate Citizens: 5,843rdNudest: 6,485thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 6,512thMost Politically Free: 6,622ndLargest Retail Industry: 6,892ndMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 7,559thMost Extensive Civil Rights: 7,560thMost Efficient Economies: 7,747thTop
10%
Longest Average Lifespans: 8,744thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 8,917thMost Beautiful Environments: 9,061stLargest Publishing Industry: 9,229thHighest Economic Output: 11,262ndLargest Agricultural Sector: 12,130thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 13,260thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 14,360thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 15,545th
Top
1%
Largest Black Market: 1st in the regionFattest Citizens: 1st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 1st in the regionRudest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Politically Free: 2nd in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 2nd in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 2nd in the regionHighest Drug Use: 2nd in the regionTop
5%
Highest Average Incomes: 3rd in the regionMost Inclusive: 3rd in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 4th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 4th in the regionMost Stationary: 4th in the regionLargest Governments: 4th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 5th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 5th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 5th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 6th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 6th in the regionMost Cultured: 7th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 7th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 7th in the regionNudest: 8th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 8th in the regionMost Developed: 9th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 9th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 9th in the regionTop
10%
Largest Retail Industry: 13th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 13th in the regionMost Secular: 14th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 15th in the regionLargest Populations: 15th in the regionMost Influential: 16th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 19th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 19th in the regionMost Extreme: 21st in the regionNicest Citizens: 21st in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 22nd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 22nd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 23rd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 24th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 24th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 24th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Rumors was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Highest Wealthy Incomes.
  • : Following new legislation in Rumors, the nation is known abroad mostly for its Parliamentary antics.
  • : Following new legislation in Rumors, tax-payers are funding ever more extravagant movie projects.
  • : Following new legislation in Rumors, drive-by spoilers are an increasingly common crime.
  • : Following new legislation in Rumors, citizens can't decide whether to be proud or horrified by the country's colonial history.
  • : Following new legislation in Rumors, anti-vaxxers claim that injected children are prone to psychotic breaks when they see the 'Queen of Diamonds' playing card.
  • : Following new legislation in Rumors, several citizens have complained about scientists abducting their pets for experimentation.
  • : Following new legislation in Rumors, exorbitant spending on icebreakers breaks the ice at every budget meeting.
  • : Following new legislation in Rumors, cigarettes are dead-cheap.
  • : Following new legislation in Rumors, pre-takeoff checks last longer than the flights themselves.

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