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The United Republic of Rustington

“Equality and Liberty for All” Supreme President Lucas Sanders

Category: Left-wing Utopia
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Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: The North Pacific



Population5.048 billion

CapitalCatania City
LeaderSupreme President Lucas Sanders
FaithUnitarian Universalism


The United Republic of Rustington is a colossal, efficient nation, ruled by Supreme President Lucas Sanders with a fair hand, and remarkable for its lack of airports, ban on automobiles, and restrictive gun laws. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 5.048 billion Rustingtonians are free to do what they want with their own bodies, and vote for whomever they like in elections; if they go into business, however, they are regulated to within an inch of their lives.

The large, liberal government juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Catania City. The average income tax rate is 96.9%.

The frighteningly efficient Rustingtonian economy, worth 998 trillion Rexes a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector is led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Tourism, Book Publishing, and Trout Farming. Average income is an impressive 197,813 Rexes, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Would-be emigrants are told "abandon all hope all ye who would exit here", major cities shut down as their local sports team takes to the field every day, military pistols are more secure than the national treasury, and busy commuters no longer hear the cries of "I want some more!" on the nation's streets. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Rustington's national animal is the Falcon, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies, and its national religion is Unitarian Universalism.

Rustington is ranked 5,451st in the world and 248th in The North Pacific for Largest Welfare Programs, scoring 6,223.28 on the Safety Net Mesh Density Rating.

Most Influential: 1,589thMost Inclusive: 1,888thMost Cheerful Citizens: 1,977thTop
Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 2,397thHighest Poor Incomes: 2,983rdHighest Average Tax Rates: 3,015thMost Rebellious Youth: 3,043rdMost Developed: 3,143rdNicest Citizens: 3,151stLargest Governments: 3,155thSafest: 3,263rdMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 3,367thMost Cultured: 3,461stMost Efficient Economies: 3,774thSmartest Citizens: 3,822ndMost Compassionate Citizens: 3,826thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 3,833rdRudest Citizens: 3,882ndLongest Average Lifespans: 3,902ndMost Advanced Public Education: 3,954thLargest Publishing Industry: 4,381stLowest Crime Rates: 4,634thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 4,892ndMost Beautiful Environments: 5,034thMost Subsidized Industry: 5,377thHealthiest Citizens: 5,381stLargest Welfare Programs: 5,451stMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 5,632ndLargest Information Technology Sector: 5,643rdHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 6,301stHighest Average Incomes: 6,454thMost Pacifist: 6,574thBest Weather: 6,998thMost Scientifically Advanced: 8,581stMost Valuable International Artwork: 8,998thTop
Most Secular: 13,019thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 14,413thMost Advanced Public Transport: 16,097thHighest Economic Output: 16,950thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 17,229th
Most Cheerful Citizens: 86th in the regionTop
Most Rebellious Youth: 110th in the regionMost Inclusive: 117th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 125th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 152nd in the regionLargest Governments: 159th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 173rd in the regionMost Cultured: 174th in the regionMost Developed: 180th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 180th in the regionSafest: 184th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 189th in the regionNicest Citizens: 193rd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 197th in the regionRudest Citizens: 212th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 214th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 224th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 225th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 226th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 226th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 227th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 239th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 248th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 258th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 285th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 292nd in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 308th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 310th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 318th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 337th in the regionMost Pacifist: 370th in the regionBest Weather: 385th in the regionTop
Most Scientifically Advanced: 489th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 519th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 544th in the regionMost Stationary: 599th in the regionMost Influential: 626th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 687th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 696th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 717th in the regionMost Secular: 718th in the region

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