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The United Republic of Rustington

“Equality and Liberty for All” President Lucas Sanders

Category: Left-wing Utopia
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Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: The North Pacific



Population3.324 billion

CapitalCatania City
LeaderPresident Lucas Sanders
FaithUnitarian Universalism


The United Republic of Rustington is a massive, genial nation, ruled by President Lucas Sanders with a fair hand, and notable for its state-planned economy, pith helmet sales, and punitive income tax rates. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 3.324 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, socially-minded 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 96.4%.

The frighteningly efficient Rustingtonian economy, worth 627 trillion Rexes a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is fairly diversified, is led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Tourism, Book Publishing, and Trout Farming. Average income is an impressive 188,649 Rexes, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Conductors wield diamond-encrusted batons to fit in with their freshly gilded surroundings, dinner parties often end in politically charged fist fights, 1% of global paper production is bound for the National Archive, and captains must wait until all rats are safe before jumping ship. 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 4,307th in the world and 220th in The North Pacific for Most Cultured, scoring 160 on the Snufflebottom-Wiggendum Pentatonic Scale.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 929thMost Influential: 1,376thTop
Most Inclusive: 1,886thMost Cheerful Citizens: 2,156thHighest Poor Incomes: 2,299thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 2,547thNicest Citizens: 2,765thSafest: 3,108thMost Compassionate Citizens: 3,218thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 3,281stMost Developed: 3,306thMost Rebellious Youth: 3,313thHighest Average Tax Rates: 3,314thLargest Governments: 3,493rdLongest Average Lifespans: 3,862ndMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 3,996thMost Advanced Public Education: 4,171stMost Pacifist: 4,286thMost Cultured: 4,307thSmartest Citizens: 4,317thLargest Publishing Industry: 4,522ndMost Subsidized Industry: 4,602ndLargest Welfare Programs: 4,702ndLowest Crime Rates: 4,850thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 4,913thMost Beautiful Environments: 5,178thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 5,278thRudest Citizens: 5,346thLargest Information Technology Sector: 5,649thHealthiest Citizens: 6,039thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 6,307thBest Weather: 6,367thHighest Average Incomes: 6,829thTop
Most Scientifically Advanced: 9,251stMost Efficient Economies: 9,578thMost Secular: 12,472ndMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 15,043rdMost Advanced Public Transport: 15,254thMost Income Equality: 15,259thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 15,428th
Most Cheerful Citizens: 100th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 117th in the regionMost Inclusive: 125th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 131st in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 135th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 143rd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 153rd in the regionLargest Governments: 166th in the regionSafest: 166th in the regionNicest Citizens: 170th in the regionMost Developed: 190th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 204th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 211th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 217th in the regionMost Cultured: 220th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 221st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 226th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 227th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 230th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 232nd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 233rd in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 238th in the regionMost Pacifist: 252nd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 259th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 285th in the regionRudest Citizens: 287th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 332nd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 335th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 338th in the regionBest Weather: 350th in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 366th in the regionTop
Most Efficient Economies: 442nd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 510th in the regionMost Influential: 543rd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 570th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 597th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 617th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 629th in the regionMost Secular: 657th in the regionNudest: 693rd in the regionMost Income Equality: 742nd in the regionHighest Drug Use: 743rd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 779th in the regionMost Stationary: 869th in the region

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