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The Democratic Republic of Rushenberg

“Continue forward into greatness”

Category: Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
Civil Rights:
Excellent
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Excellent

Regional Influence: Duckspeaker

Location: Thaecia

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Rushenberg

Population2.227 billion

CapitalRausch City
LeaderJohn Rauschenberger
FaithCatholicism

Currencypound
Animalpig

The Democratic Republic of Rushenberg is a massive, safe nation, ruled by John Rauschenberger with an even hand, and renowned for its keen interest in outer space, smutty television, and ban on automobiles. The compassionate, hard-working, democratic, devout population of 2.227 billion Rushenbergs have some civil rights, but not too many, enjoy the freedom to spend their money however they like, to a point, and take part in free and open elections, although not too often.

The large government juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Environment. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Rausch City. The average income tax rate is 88.3%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Rushenbergian economy, worth 328 trillion pounds a year, is quite specialized and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Book Publishing, Tourism, and Retail. Average income is an impressive 147,306 pounds, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.7 times as much as the poorest.

Politicians sweat as journalists scour internet archives for any mention of them, public toilets are famed for their rear entries, employers are finding it hard to screen candidates now that everyone gets A grades in their exams, and doctors accused of having no heart reply that cardiology isn't their speciality. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Rushenberg's national animal is the pig, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Catholicism.

Rushenberg is ranked 191,827th in the world and 242nd in Thaecia for Largest Cheese Export Sector, scoring -5.22 on the Mozzarella Productivity Index.

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Most Valuable International Artwork: 1,304thMost Influential: 2,051stTop
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Largest Publishing Industry: 2,869thMost Pacifist: 3,387thMost Inclusive: 3,797thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 4,085thMost Compassionate Citizens: 4,242ndBest Weather: 4,419thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 4,526thSafest: 4,683rdMost Beautiful Environments: 4,700thNicest Citizens: 4,853rdMost Cultured: 6,021stMost Developed: 7,004thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 7,019thLowest Crime Rates: 7,057thLongest Average Lifespans: 7,158thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 7,257thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 7,640thSmartest Citizens: 7,751stHealthiest Citizens: 7,775thMost Advanced Public Education: 7,938thLargest Governments: 8,935thLargest Information Technology Sector: 10,019thHighest Average Tax Rates: 10,455thMost Efficient Economies: 10,858thLargest Welfare Programs: 11,205thTop
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Most Subsidized Industry: 13,920thMost Scientifically Advanced: 14,518thLeast Corrupt Governments: 14,653rdHighest Average Incomes: 14,775thHighest Poor Incomes: 15,355thMost Devout: 22,984thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 23,778th
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Largest Publishing Industry: 2nd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3rd in the regionTop
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Most Valuable International Artwork: 5th in the regionMost Inclusive: 6th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 7th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 8th in the regionMost Cultured: 10th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 11th in the regionMost Pacifist: 11th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 12th in the regionSafest: 12th in the regionMost Influential: 13th in the regionNicest Citizens: 13th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 14th in the regionBest Weather: 14th in the regionMost Developed: 16th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 16th in the regionTop
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Most Efficient Economies: 18th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 18th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 18th in the regionLargest Governments: 19th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 19th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 23rd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 25th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 25th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 29th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 29th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 30th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 31st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 32nd in the region

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