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The Democratic States of Rushkaland

“We'll live together or we'll die alone!”

Category: Civil Rights Lovefest
Civil Rights:
Excellent
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Superb

Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: the Rejected Realms

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Rushkaland

Population1.788 billion

CapitalRushaka
LeaderTheodore Richardson

Currencycredit
Animalhare

The Democratic States of Rushkaland is a massive, genial nation, ruled by Theodore Richardson with a fair hand, and notable for its free-roaming dinosaurs, irreverence towards religion, and punitive income tax rates. The compassionate, democratic population of 1.788 billion Rushkans hold their civil and political rights very dear, although the wealthy and those in business tend to be viewed with suspicion.

The large, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Rushaka. The average income tax rate is 85.1%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Rushkan economy, worth 245 trillion credits a year, is led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing, Tourism, and Trout Farming. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 137,304 credits, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.1 times as much as the poorest.

The beauty of coastal towns is marred only slightly by all the closed-down storefronts, the nation has opened its arms to an influx of refugees, third world countries are rich in "I Love Rushaka" t-shirts, and celebrity wrestlers thumb their nose at due process. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Rushkaland's national animal is the hare, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Rushkaland is ranked 106,100th in the world and 3,779th in the Rejected Realms for Most Pro-Market, scoring 38.11 on the Rand Index.

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Least Corrupt Governments: 1,758thMost Compassionate Citizens: 2,790thNicest Citizens: 3,147thMost Pacifist: 3,255thSafest: 3,267thLargest Publishing Industry: 3,653rdMost Inclusive: 4,264thHealthiest Citizens: 4,353rdMost World Assembly Endorsements: 4,467thLongest Average Lifespans: 5,475thMost Developed: 5,646thLargest Welfare Programs: 6,216thBest Weather: 6,320thMost Secular: 6,734thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 7,401stSmartest Citizens: 7,410thMost Advanced Public Education: 7,941stMost Subsidized Industry: 8,070thMost Scientifically Advanced: 8,276thLargest Information Technology Sector: 8,361stMost Cultured: 8,390thMost Advanced Public Transport: 8,424thTop
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Most Beautiful Environments: 9,018thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 9,227thLowest Crime Rates: 9,602ndMost Efficient Economies: 9,719thHighest Average Tax Rates: 10,044thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 10,303rdLargest Governments: 10,669thHighest Poor Incomes: 10,911thMost Cheerful Citizens: 11,963rdHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 13,111thMost Influential: 14,491stHighest Average Incomes: 15,506thHighest Drug Use: 16,704th
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Least Corrupt Governments: 41st in the regionTop
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Most Compassionate Citizens: 64th in the regionSafest: 69th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 72nd in the regionMost Pacifist: 73rd in the regionNicest Citizens: 74th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 80th in the regionMost Inclusive: 99th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 105th in the regionMost Developed: 132nd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 134th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 141st in the regionMost Secular: 149th in the regionBest Weather: 164th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 169th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 185th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 188th in the regionMost Cultured: 189th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 194th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 197th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 197th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 203rd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 218th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 226th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 227th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 230th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 232nd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 238th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 245th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 246th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 250th in the regionTop
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Largest Governments: 263rd in the regionMost Influential: 276th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 343rd in the regionHighest Drug Use: 427th in the regionNudest: 464th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Rushkaland, celebrity wrestlers thumb their nose at due process.
  • : Following new legislation in Rushkaland, third world countries are rich in "I Love Rushaka" t-shirts.
  • : Following new legislation in Rushkaland, the nation has opened its arms to an influx of refugees.
  • : Following new legislation in Rushkaland, the beauty of coastal towns is marred only slightly by all the closed-down storefronts.
  • : Following new legislation in Rushkaland, late night adverts for breast milk co-ops regularly win pornography industry awards.
  • : Following new legislation in Rushkaland, residents of new housing subdivisions complain about the total absence of supermarkets and restaurants.
  • : Following new legislation in Rushkaland, the government has begun breaking all large businesses into thousands of mom-and-pop general stores.
  • : Following new legislation in Rushkaland, the number of students attending university has reached a record high.
  • : Following new legislation in Rushkaland, older ladies are inundated with offers to help them cross the road.
  • : Following new legislation in Rushkaland, dictionary sales have hit an all-time high.

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