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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 21stLargest Manufacturing Sector: 49thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 49th
The Galactic Empire of
Psychotic Dictatorship Fascist Dictatorship
general degaras
Civil Rights
Political Freedom
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Population4.653 billion

Capitalriptaria city
Leadergeneral degaras


The Galactic Empire of Riptaria is a massive, orderly nation, ruled by general degaras with an iron fist, and renowned for its barren, inhospitable landscape, strictly enforced bedtime, and restrictive gun laws. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 4.653 billion Riptarians are ruled without fear or favor by a psychotic dictator, who outlaws just about everything and refers to the populace as "my little playthings."

The medium-sized, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government is effectively ruled by the Department of Defense, with International Aid and Environment not funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of riptaria city. The average income tax rate is 95.0%.

The all-consuming Riptarian economy, worth a remarkable 1,802 trillion ripions 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 an enormous, deeply entrenched, broadly diversified black market in Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, Uranium Mining, and Woodchip Exports. 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 an amazing 387,311 ripions, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.7 times as much as the poorest.

Cleaners are very careful not to bump into the big red button on general degaras's desk, the military perceives nations hit by natural disasters as "easy pickings", citizens who fail to follow the official national religion are executed, and ethnic minorities are often refused admission to some of the nation's best schools. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Riptaria's national animal is the slave, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is riptarianisom.

Riptaria is ranked 192,715th in the world and 126th in The United Federations for Highest Crime Rates, with 1.85 Crimes Per Hour.

Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 21stLargest Manufacturing Sector: 49thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 49thHighest Average Incomes: 826thLargest Black Market: 834thMost Corrupt Governments: 849thHighest Poor Incomes: 981stMost Avoided: 1,266thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1,395thMost Conservative: 1,434thLargest Mining Sector: 1,699thTop
Largest Governments: 3,172ndFattest Citizens: 3,182ndMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 3,336thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 4,197thHighest Average Tax Rates: 4,899thMost Influential: 5,229thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 5,932ndMost Authoritarian: 5,933rdMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 7,499thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 7,529thMost Secular: 8,318thHighest Economic Output: 8,519thMost Armed: 9,352ndLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 10,082ndTop
Lowest Crime Rates: 14,497thLargest Information Technology Sector: 15,544thLargest Agricultural Sector: 17,816thMost Valuable International Artwork: 18,692ndMost Extreme: 19,575th
Largest Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1st in the regionMost Authoritarian: 1st in the regionLargest Black Market: 1st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1st in the regionMost Conservative: 1st in the regionTop
Highest Economic Output: 2nd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 2nd in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 2nd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 2nd in the regionMost Extreme: 2nd in the regionMost Avoided: 2nd in the regionFattest Citizens: 3rd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 3rd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 3rd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 4th in the regionLargest Governments: 5th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 6th in the regionTop
Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 8th in the regionMost Armed: 10th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 11th in the regionLargest Populations: 12th in the regionMost Influential: 12th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 12th in the region

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