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Largest Cheese Export Sector: 447thHighest Disposable Incomes: 1,170thSafest: 1,330th
The Commonwealth of
Corporate Bordello Blood-Sucking Capitalist Leeches
Praeteritis praesentibus ducibus
Ebenezer Roark
Civil Rights
Very Good
Political Freedom

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Population6.422 billion

LeaderEbenezer Roark


The Commonwealth of Reactia is a colossal, efficient nation, ruled by Ebenezer Roark with a fair hand, and remarkable for its smutty television, compulsory military service, and restrictive gun laws. The compassionate, hard-working, democratic, cheerful population of 6.422 billion Reactites are effectively ruled by a group of massive corporations, who run for political office and provide their well-off citizens with world-class goods and services. Their poorer citizens, however, are mostly starving to death while being urged to go out and get real jobs. The populace has reasonably extensive civil rights, although these are mostly aimed at allowing them to buy whatever they like.

The tiny government juggles the competing demands of Education, Law & Order, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Rextropolis. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 3.0%.

The frighteningly efficient Reactian economy, worth a remarkable 1,549 trillion Aureuses a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Tourism industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Book Publishing, and Retail. Average income is an amazing 241,301 Aureuses, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 711,147 per year while the poor average 64,427, a ratio of 11.0 to 1.

Employers may fire workers without giving any reason, graffiti artists spend lengthy periods of time in jail, stylish juvenile delinquents are highly overrepresented in fatal motorcycle accidents, and claiming that "my cousin said it was legal" is a common courtroom defense. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Reactia's national animal is the Phoenix, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Mammonism.

Reactia is ranked 1,616th in the world and 4th in Wintreath for Largest Publishing Industry, scoring 28,646.39 on the Bella Potter Productivity e-Index.

Largest Cheese Export Sector: 447thHighest Disposable Incomes: 1,170thSafest: 1,330thLargest Publishing Industry: 1,616thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1,751stHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 2,350thTop
Highest Wealthy Incomes: 3,372ndSmartest Citizens: 3,603rdHealthiest Citizens: 3,622ndHighest Average Incomes: 3,855thMost Cheerful Citizens: 4,151stMost Developed: 4,492ndLeast Corrupt Governments: 4,676thLargest Retail Industry: 4,788thMost Cultured: 4,955thLargest Information Technology Sector: 5,064thMost Scientifically Advanced: 5,289thLargest Insurance Industry: 5,295thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 5,672ndLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 6,001stLongest Average Lifespans: 6,309thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 6,460thMost Efficient Economies: 7,234thRudest Citizens: 7,885thMost Influential: 8,492ndNicest Citizens: 8,892ndMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 9,101stLowest Crime Rates: 9,259thMost Compassionate Citizens: 10,618thHighest Economic Output: 11,396thTop
Most Advanced Public Education: 13,794thMost Inclusive: 13,912thLargest Governments: 14,217thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 14,270thBest Weather: 15,215thMost Rebellious Youth: 15,621stMost Beautiful Environments: 16,848thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 17,870thLargest Agricultural Sector: 19,394thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 20,177th
Largest Cheese Export Sector: 2nd in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 3rd in the regionTop
Largest Publishing Industry: 4th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 5th in the regionSafest: 5th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 6th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 7th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 8th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 8th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 9th in the regionMost Cultured: 10th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 11th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 12th in the regionMost Developed: 12th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 13th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 13th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 15th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 15th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 16th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 16th in the regionTop
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 18th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 21st in the regionMost Pro-Market: 25th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 25th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 26th in the regionRudest Citizens: 27th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 29th in the regionNicest Citizens: 29th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 31st in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 32nd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 32nd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 33rd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 34th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Reactia, claiming that "my cousin said it was legal" is a common courtroom defense.
  • : Following new legislation in Reactia, stylish juvenile delinquents are highly overrepresented in fatal motorcycle accidents.
  • : Following new legislation in Reactia, graffiti artists spend lengthy periods of time in jail.
  • : Following new legislation in Reactia, employers may fire workers without giving any reason.
  • : Reactia was reclassified from "New York Times Democracy" to "Corporate Bordello".
  • : Following new legislation in Reactia, religious education is a new government priority.
  • : Reactia was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Highest Workforce Participation Rate.
  • : Following new legislation in Reactia, citizens are regularly found digging for treasure in their gardens.
  • : Following new legislation in Reactia, children spend all morning taking out a comma and all afternoon putting it back in again.
  • : Following new legislation in Reactia, the "Underwear of Women in Power" issue of The Rextropolis Times is sold out.


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