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The Region of The Ringing Mountains

“Just Try To Surrvive”

Category: Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
Civil Rights:
Very Good
Economy:
Powerhouse
Political Freedoms:
Good

Regional Influence: Powerbroker

Location: Athas

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The Ringing Mountains

Population3.537 billion

CapitalThe Ringing Mountains
LeaderThe Mountain Raider
FaithPreservers

Currencygold piece
Animalbraxat

The Region of The Ringing Mountains is a massive, cultured nation, ruled by The Mountain Raider with an even hand, and remarkable for its daily referendums, vat-grown people, and devotion to social welfare. The hard-nosed population of 3.537 billion Ringing Mountainsians 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 government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked morass — juggles the competing demands of Environment, Education, and Defense. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of The Ringing Mountains. The average income tax rate is 93.4%.

The powerhouse Ringing Mountainsian economy, worth 347 trillion gold pieces a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is a slick, highly efficient, quite specialized black market in Arms Manufacturing, Retail, Soda Sales, and Book Publishing. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is 98,267 gold pieces, with the richest citizens earning 5.0 times as much as the poorest.

Ringing Mountainsians have replaced bears in a popular idiom, people with political aspirations study how to make balloon animals, the military has declared war on all religious influence, and immigrant herding has become a national pastime. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. The Ringing Mountains's national animal is the braxat, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Preservers.

The Ringing Mountains is ranked 160,034th in the world and 4th in Athas for Largest Basket Weaving Sector, scoring -2.9 on the Hickory Productivity Index.

Top
1%
Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 1,390thTop
5%
Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2,337thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 2,936thMost Advanced Public Transport: 3,921stHighest Average Tax Rates: 5,677thMost Rebellious Youth: 7,778thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 8,839thRudest Citizens: 9,855thMost Beautiful Environments: 10,208thTop
10%
Largest Governments: 11,336thLargest Welfare Programs: 11,568thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 12,027thMost Subsidized Industry: 12,326thMost Advanced Public Education: 12,781stBest Weather: 13,495thLargest Black Market: 14,852ndHighest Drug Use: 14,991stMost Cheerful Citizens: 15,430thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 16,237thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 17,595th

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in The Ringing Mountains, immigrant herding has become a national pastime.
  • : Following new legislation in The Ringing Mountains, the military has declared war on all religious influence.
  • : The Ringing Mountains was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Advanced Public Education.
  • : The Ringing Mountains was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Subsidized Industry.
  • : The Ringing Mountains was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Advanced Defense Forces.
  • : The Ringing Mountains was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Welfare Programs.
  • : The Ringing Mountains was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Politically Apathetic Citizens and the Top 5% for Largest Governments.
  • : The Ringing Mountains was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Rudest Citizens and Most Beautiful Environments.
  • : Following new legislation in The Ringing Mountains, people with political aspirations study how to make balloon animals.
  • : Following new legislation in The Ringing Mountains, Ringing Mountainsians have replaced bears in a popular idiom.

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