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Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 406thBest Weather: 555thMost Pacifist: 580th
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Population14.73 billion



The Republic of Runegeist is a gargantuan, socially progressive nation, notable for its keen interest in outer space, prohibition of alcohol, and devotion to social welfare. The compassionate, humorless population of 14.73 billion Runegeistians are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The enormous, socially-minded government juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Rome. The average income tax rate is 98.3%.

The frighteningly efficient Runegeistian economy, worth a remarkable 2,234 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 significant contributions from Information Technology, Book Publishing, and Beef-Based Agriculture. Average income is an impressive 151,676 denarii, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Community-designed sword prostheses are becoming dangerously common, modelling agencies send their clients to work in nursing homes, a traveller who once stubbed a toe on an Air Brancaland flight has been offered asylum, and large areas of Runegeist are not accessible by the public. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Runegeist's national animal is the eagle, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

Runegeist is ranked 111,427th in the world and 151st in New Western Empire for Most Average, scoring 36.38 on the Average Standardized Normality Scale.

Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 406thBest Weather: 555thMost Pacifist: 580thLongest Average Lifespans: 598thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 644thHealthiest Citizens: 649thMost Compassionate Citizens: 656thMost Subsidized Industry: 770thLargest Welfare Programs: 825thNicest Citizens: 1,097thMost Advanced Public Education: 1,232ndMost Influential: 1,397thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1,537thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1,605thLowest Crime Rates: 1,634thMost Efficient Economies: 1,721stMost Beautiful Environments: 1,871stHighest Average Tax Rates: 1,957thMost Valuable International Artwork: 2,051stTop
Most Developed: 2,099thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 2,107thSafest: 2,956thLargest Governments: 3,150thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3,228thHighest Poor Incomes: 3,894thMost Advanced Public Transport: 4,171stMost Inclusive: 4,514thSmartest Citizens: 5,329thHighest Economic Output: 6,461stTop
Most Income Equality: 10,344thLeast Corrupt Governments: 10,356thHighest Average Incomes: 13,153rdLargest Populations: 14,201stMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 14,524thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 18,058thMost Scientifically Advanced: 19,167th
Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 1st in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Pacifist: 1st in the regionBest Weather: 1st in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 1st in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 1st in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 2nd in the regionNicest Citizens: 2nd in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 2nd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 2nd in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 2nd in the regionTop
Highest Average Tax Rates: 3rd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 3rd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 3rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 3rd in the regionLargest Populations: 4th in the regionMost Influential: 4th in the regionMost Income Equality: 4th in the regionSafest: 5th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 5th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 5th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 6th in the regionMost Developed: 6th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 7th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 10th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 10th in the regionLargest Governments: 11th in the regionMost Inclusive: 12th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 12th in the regionTop
Highest Economic Output: 14th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 16th in the regionMost Stationary: 17th in the region

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