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The Great Northern Hegemony of Saint Ryvern

“Your bones reveal the lies of your lips” Czar Vadim Bogomolov

Category: Left-wing Utopia
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Regional Influence: Duckspeaker

Location: Thaecia


Saint Ryvern

Population9.868 billion

LeaderCzar Vadim Bogomolov
FaithRyvernian Orthodoxy


The Great Northern Hegemony of Saint Ryvern is a colossal, cultured nation, ruled by Czar Vadim Bogomolov with a fair hand, and remarkable for its soft-spoken computers, free-roaming dinosaurs, and complete lack of prisons. The compassionate, democratic population of 9.868 billion Ryvernians 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, outspoken government prioritizes Education, although Healthcare, Industry, and Administration are also considered important, while Spirituality receives no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Freehold. The average income tax rate is 98.0%.

The frighteningly efficient Ryvernian economy, worth a remarkable 1,900 trillion Marks a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is quite specialized, is led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Tourism, Book Publishing, and Furniture Restoration. Average income is an impressive 192,541 Marks, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Space research funding has hit a recent high while several military bases are being closed down, the SRBI Channel Tunnel project is plagued by delays, the contraband cigarette trade is lighting up across Saint Ryvern, and the government only invests in infrastructure after a natural disaster. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Saint Ryvern's national animal is the Bear, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Ryvernian Orthodoxy.

Saint Ryvern is ranked 148,739th in the world and 273rd in Thaecia for Lowest Overall Tax Burden, scoring -602.05 on the Hayek Index.

Most Inclusive: 1,309thMost Pacifist: 1,317thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1,323rdMost Advanced Public Education: 1,375thTop
Most Developed: 1,569thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1,661stMost Compassionate Citizens: 1,860thSafest: 1,906thSmartest Citizens: 1,936thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 2,054thNicest Citizens: 2,154thMost Advanced Public Transport: 2,219thHighest Average Tax Rates: 2,296thLongest Average Lifespans: 2,470thLargest Governments: 2,511thLargest Welfare Programs: 2,642ndMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 2,673rdMost Cultured: 2,703rdHealthiest Citizens: 2,756thLowest Crime Rates: 2,774thHighest Poor Incomes: 2,835thLeast Corrupt Governments: 3,011thMost Subsidized Industry: 3,030thLargest Publishing Industry: 3,119thMost Scientifically Advanced: 3,384thMost Influential: 3,805thMost Beautiful Environments: 3,839thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 3,894thMost Efficient Economies: 3,993rdMost Rebellious Youth: 4,099thLargest Information Technology Sector: 5,677thHighest Average Incomes: 6,247thHighest Economic Output: 6,418thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 6,438thMost Cheerful Citizens: 7,020thMost Secular: 7,249thTop
Largest Furniture Restoration Industry: 7,886thBest Weather: 10,047th
Most Advanced Public Education: 2nd in the regionMost Pacifist: 2nd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 2nd in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 2nd in the regionTop
Most Inclusive: 3rd in the regionSafest: 3rd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 3rd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 3rd in the regionMost Developed: 3rd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 3rd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 4th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 4th in the regionLargest Governments: 4th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 5th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 5th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 5th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 5th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 5th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 5th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 5th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 5th in the regionMost Cultured: 5th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 6th in the regionNicest Citizens: 6th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 6th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 6th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 6th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 7th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 7th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 7th in the regionMost Influential: 7th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 7th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 7th in the regionLargest Populations: 8th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 11th in the regionTop
Most Secular: 15th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 17th in the regionBest Weather: 26th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 27th in the region

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