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Largest Agricultural Sector: 3,807thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 4,180thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 4,372nd
The Crumbling Underwater City of
Iron Fist Consumerists Imperialist Pig Dog Oppressors
No Gods or Kings. Only Man!
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The Rapture Republic

Population7.285 billion



The Crumbling Underwater City of The Rapture Republic is a colossal, safe nation, renowned for its compulsory military service, digital currency, and parental licensing program. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 7.285 billion Aquarians are kept under strict control by the oppressive government, which measures its success by the nation's GDP and refers to individual citizens as "human resources."

The medium-sized, corrupt, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Rapture. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 81.9%.

The frighteningly efficient Aquarian economy, worth a remarkable 1,346 trillion Dollars 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 a large, well-organized, broadly diversified black market in Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, Beef-Based Agriculture, and Tourism. 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 impressive 184,895 Dollars, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 617,445 per year while the poor average 41,190, a ratio of 15.0 to 1.

Spoiler warnings are now given out before political speeches, Aquarian junkies argue that poppy stalks are ornamental flowers, nuclear warheads are frequently launched into space as a warning to invading meteoroids, and stealing from a clothesline is a serious offence. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. The Rapture Republic's national animal is the Leviathan, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Christianity.

The Rapture Republic is ranked 60,062nd in the world and 1st in The Union of Egoists for Most Beautiful Environments, with 625.85 Pounds Of Wildlife Per Square Mile.

Largest Agricultural Sector: 3,807thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 4,180thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 4,372ndLowest Crime Rates: 5,954thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 6,103rdMost Scientifically Advanced: 6,151stMost Advanced Defense Forces: 6,233rdMost Corrupt Governments: 6,510thLargest Black Market: 7,522ndLargest Manufacturing Sector: 7,864thHighest Average Incomes: 8,328thLargest Governments: 9,103rdLargest Insurance Industry: 9,438thLargest Information Technology Sector: 9,916thSmartest Citizens: 10,799thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 10,909thMost Advanced Public Transport: 11,453rdMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 11,542ndHealthiest Citizens: 11,690thTop
Most Advanced Public Education: 13,213thHighest Economic Output: 13,346thMost Secular: 13,543rdMost Efficient Economies: 13,621stHighest Average Tax Rates: 14,206thMost Authoritarian: 14,720thLargest Publishing Industry: 16,751stMost Cultured: 18,176thMost Developed: 20,319thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 20,433rdMost Subsidized Industry: 20,663rdLargest Mining Sector: 24,108th

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