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Best Weather: 338thMost Pacifist: 346thMost Compassionate Citizens: 366th
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Population15.982 billion



The Republic of Runegeist is a gargantuan, socially progressive nation, notable for its teetotalling pirates, prohibition of alcohol, and hatred of cheese. The compassionate, democratic, humorless population of 15.982 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 99.4%.

The frighteningly efficient Runegeistian economy, worth a remarkable 2,777 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 highly specialized, is led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Tourism and Book Publishing. Average income is an impressive 173,809 denarii, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Children gain their first sex education from reading the dictionary, the police are tightening their grip on alcohol smugglers, it's a long jump to get onto the housing ladder, and voting is voluntary. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded 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 91,785th in the world and 77th in New Western Empire for Least Corrupt Governments, with 93.38 Percentage Of Bribes Refused.

Best Weather: 338thMost Pacifist: 346thMost Compassionate Citizens: 366thMost Developed: 369thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 371stLongest Average Lifespans: 411thLargest Welfare Programs: 458thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 465thHealthiest Citizens: 468thNicest Citizens: 564thMost Valuable International Artwork: 637thMost Advanced Public Education: 658thMost Subsidized Industry: 726thMost Influential: 922ndMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 926thLowest Crime Rates: 1,045thMost Beautiful Environments: 1,062ndMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1,129thMost Efficient Economies: 1,149thHighest Average Tax Rates: 1,184thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1,312thLargest Governments: 1,817thMost Inclusive: 1,965thSafest: 1,975thTop
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 3,155thHighest Poor Incomes: 3,378thSmartest Citizens: 3,499thMost Advanced Public Transport: 4,441stHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 4,994thHighest Economic Output: 5,272ndHighest Average Incomes: 9,776thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 10,548thMost Scientifically Advanced: 11,219thTop
Largest Publishing Industry: 12,912thMost Income Equality: 12,931stLargest Populations: 13,818thMost Secular: 13,912thLargest Information Technology Sector: 16,477th
Most Popular Tourist Destinations: 1st in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1st in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 1st in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 1st in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1st in the regionMost Pacifist: 1st in the regionBest Weather: 1st in the regionMost Developed: 1st in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 1st in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1st in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 2nd in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 2nd in the regionNicest Citizens: 2nd in the regionTop
Most Valuable International Artwork: 3rd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 3rd in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 3rd in the regionMost Influential: 3rd in the regionLargest Governments: 4th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 4th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 4th in the regionSafest: 4th in the regionMost Inclusive: 5th in the regionMost Income Equality: 6th in the regionLargest Populations: 7th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 10th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 10th in the regionMost Stationary: 11th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 11th in the regionTop
Most Advanced Public Transport: 12th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 16th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 16th in the region

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