by Max Barry

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Largest Agricultural Sector: 151st Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 323rd Largest Cheese Export Sector: 736th
The Republic of
Democratic Socialists Ordinary Caring Intelligent World Citizens
Recedite, plebes! Gero rem imperialem!
Civil Rights
Very Good
Political Freedom

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Population12.938 billion



The Republic of Runegeist is a gargantuan, environmentally stunning nation, remarkable for its rampant corporate plagiarism, ban on automobiles, and punitive income tax rates. The compassionate, humorless population of 12.938 billion Runegeistians are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The large, socially-minded government juggles the competing demands of Education, Industry, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Rome. The average income tax rate is 83.3%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Runegeistian economy, worth a remarkable 1,989 trillion denarii 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 Tourism industry, with major contributions from Beef-Based Agriculture, Information Technology, and Cheese Exports. Average income is an impressive 153,771 denarii, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The Ministry of Health has reported a sharp increase in the incidence of delayed menopause, the government seems embarrassed to be seen governing, all footpaths have tollbooths, and pro-wrestling bouts open with a legal disclaimer insisting that any violence is guaranteed 100% faked. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Runegeist's national animal is the eagle, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

Runegeist is ranked 5,418th in the world and 23rd in New Western Empire for Most Developed, scoring 91.68 on the Human Development Index.

Largest Agricultural Sector: 151stMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 323rdLargest Cheese Export Sector: 736thHealthiest Citizens: 1,048thBest Weather: 1,050thMost Efficient Economies: 1,346thMost Pacifist: 1,563rdTop
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 2,195thLongest Average Lifespans: 2,330thMost Subsidized Industry: 2,393rdMost Influential: 2,882ndMost Compassionate Citizens: 2,984thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 3,354thLowest Crime Rates: 3,399thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 4,287thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 4,313thHighest Poor Incomes: 4,762ndMost Beautiful Environments: 5,271stMost Developed: 5,418thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 5,836thMost Advanced Public Transport: 6,102ndHighest Economic Output: 6,180thNicest Citizens: 6,686thMost Advanced Public Education: 6,978thTop
Largest Governments: 9,377thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 9,733rdLargest Welfare Programs: 10,299thHighest Average Tax Rates: 10,856thSmartest Citizens: 11,585thHighest Average Incomes: 11,756thLargest Populations: 14,622ndMost Scientifically Advanced: 14,767th
Largest Cheese Export Sector: 1st in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 1st in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 1st in the regionBest Weather: 2nd in the regionTop
Healthiest Citizens: 3rd in the regionLargest Populations: 4th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 5th in the regionMost Pacifist: 6th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 6th in the regionMost Influential: 8th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 8th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 9th in the regionTop
Highest Economic Output: 12th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 13th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 13th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 13th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 14th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 15th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 15th in the regionMost Income Equality: 17th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 18th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 20th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 21st in the regionNicest Citizens: 23rd in the regionMost Developed: 23rd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Runegeist, pro-wrestling bouts open with a legal disclaimer insisting that any violence is guaranteed 100% faked.
  • : Following new legislation in Runegeist, all footpaths have tollbooths.
  • : Following new legislation in Runegeist, the government seems embarrassed to be seen governing.
  • : Following new legislation in Runegeist, the Ministry of Health has reported a sharp increase in the incidence of delayed menopause.
  • : Following new legislation in Runegeist, people seem disproportionately distraught when told a museum has a phones-off policy.
  • : Following new legislation in Runegeist, the nation has nearly as many history museums as Runegeistians.
  • : Following new legislation in Runegeist, the nation leads New Western Empire in per capita stalking.
  • : Following new legislation in Runegeist, the Museum of Blackacrean War Crimes is located on "Blackacre Did Nothing Wrong Avenue".
  • : Following new legislation in Runegeist, future forecasters fearfully discuss grey goo and human obsolescence.
  • : Runegeist was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Highest Foreign Aid Spending.


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