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The Republic of Runegeist

“Recedite, plebes! Gero rem imperialem!”

Category: Democratic Socialists
Civil Rights:
Political Freedoms:
Very Good

Regional Influence: Negotiator

Location: New Western Empire



Population16.392 billion



The Republic of Runegeist is a gargantuan, environmentally stunning nation, notable for its prohibition of alcohol, state-planned economy, and hatred of cheese. The compassionate, humorless population of 16.392 billion Runegeistians are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The enormous government juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Rome. The average income tax rate is 99.5%.

The frighteningly efficient Runegeistian economy, worth a remarkable 2,866 trillion denarii a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is highly specialized, is led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Tourism and Book Publishing. Average income is an impressive 174,897 denarii, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Cops shout apologies with every swing of their baton, hordes of tourists are ruining the environment, school football matches are usually five-a-side, and arthritic surgeons with tremulous fingers reassure patients that they are in safe hands. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Runegeist's national animal is the eagle, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

Runegeist is ranked 366th in the world and 1st in New Western Empire for Most Developed, scoring 99.08 on the Human Development Index.

Best Weather: 325thMost Pacifist: 348thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 362ndMost Developed: 366thMost Compassionate Citizens: 374thLargest Welfare Programs: 416thLongest Average Lifespans: 416thHealthiest Citizens: 464thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 479thNicest Citizens: 587thMost Advanced Public Education: 661stMost Subsidized Industry: 717thMost Influential: 859thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 868thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 984thMost Beautiful Environments: 1,009thLowest Crime Rates: 1,011thMost Efficient Economies: 1,095thHighest Average Tax Rates: 1,143rdHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1,226thLargest Governments: 1,763rdMost Inclusive: 1,857thSafest: 1,965thTop
Most Valuable International Artwork: 2,428thSmartest Citizens: 3,513thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3,632ndHighest Poor Incomes: 4,015thMost Advanced Public Transport: 4,184thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 4,791stHighest Economic Output: 5,173rdHighest Average Incomes: 9,775thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 10,262ndMost Scientifically Advanced: 11,055thTop
Largest Publishing Industry: 13,253rdLargest Populations: 13,748thMost Secular: 14,512thLargest Information Technology Sector: 16,167thMost Income Equality: 20,062nd
Healthiest Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 1st in the regionMost Pacifist: 1st in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 1st in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1st in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1st in the regionBest Weather: 1st in the regionMost Developed: 1st in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 1st in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1st in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 1st in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1st in the regionTop
Nicest Citizens: 2nd in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 2nd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 2nd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 3rd in the regionMost Influential: 3rd in the regionLargest Governments: 4th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 4th in the regionSafest: 4th in the regionMost Inclusive: 5th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 5th in the regionLargest Populations: 6th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 8th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 8th in the regionMost Income Equality: 9th in the regionMost Stationary: 9th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 9th in the regionTop
Most Advanced Public Transport: 11th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 13th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 13th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 16th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Runegeist, arthritic surgeons with tremulous fingers reassure patients that they are in safe hands.
  • : Following new legislation in Runegeist, school football matches are usually five-a-side.
  • : Following new legislation in Runegeist, hordes of tourists are ruining the environment.
  • : Following new legislation in Runegeist, cops shout apologies with every swing of their baton.
  • : Runegeist endorsed The Grand Dominion of Oracle.
  • : Runegeist endorsed The Federal Kingdom of Oceania-America.
  • : Following new legislation in Runegeist, prime real estate is devoted to wind farms and solar energy generators.
  • : Following new legislation in Runegeist, a child's only Trickster Night scare is the sight of their parents dancing.
  • : Runegeist was endorsed by The Federal Kingdom of Oceania-America.
  • : Runegeist voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Protecting Native Prairies and Grasslands".


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