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Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 1stLeast Corrupt Governments: 1stSafest: 4th
The Alspring of
Left-wing Utopia
ᴀʟʟ ɍᴀᴛʜᴇʀs ᴄᴀʀᴇ ɍѳʀ ᴛʜᴇɪʀ sѳɴs
Influence
Squire
Civil Rights
Excellent
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Superb

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Ratateague

Population29.416 billion

CapitalHoltmímir

Currencyʝarl
Animalflying squirrel

The Alspring of Ratateague is a gargantuan, safe nation, notable for its museums and concert halls, daily referendums, and multi-spousal wedding ceremonies. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful, devout population of 29.416 billion Ratatekkers are free to do what they want with their own bodies, and vote for whomever they like in elections; if they go into business, however, they are regulated to within an inch of their lives.

The medium-sized, socially-minded, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Environment. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Holtmímir. The income tax rate is 100%.

The frighteningly efficient Ratatasque economy, worth an astonishing 12,872 trillion ʝarls 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 Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Tourism, Book Publishing, and Basket Weaving. Average income is an amazing 437,603 ʝarls, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

A government program is underway to revitalize Ratateague's beaches, cyber-crime and tin-foil hat sales are both increasing at record rates, Ratateague is notorious for its citizens' infidelity, and dinner parties often end in politically charged fist fights. Crime is totally unknown. Ratateague's national animal is the flying squirrel, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

Ratateague is ranked 65th in the world and 1st in The Social Liberal Union for Largest Publishing Industry, scoring 72,934 on the Bella Potter Productivity e-Index.

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Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 1stLeast Corrupt Governments: 1stSafest: 4thHealthiest Citizens: 9thMost Developed: 13thNicest Citizens: 14thLongest Average Lifespans: 16thMost Cheerful Citizens: 18thMost Compassionate Citizens: 20thHighest Food Quality: 26thMost Pacifist: 28thBest Weather: 34thMost Inclusive: 38thMost Cultured: 56thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 59thSmartest Citizens: 64thLargest Publishing Industry: 65thMost Beautiful Environments: 79thHighest Poor Incomes: 160thMost Advanced Public Education: 305thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 333rdLargest Governments: 370thMost Scientifically Advanced: 429thMost Rebellious Youth: 454thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 462ndHighest Economic Output: 471stMost Valuable International Artwork: 507thLargest Information Technology Sector: 590thHighest Average Tax Rates: 598thLowest Crime Rates: 606thMost Efficient Economies: 660thHighest Average Incomes: 787thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 839thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1,587thMost Advanced Public Transport: 1,788thMost Income Equality: 1,905thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1,951stHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 2,107thTop
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Most Devout: 3,356thLargest Populations: 4,923rdMost Subsidized Industry: 8,186thMost Influential: 10,823rdHighest Wealthy Incomes: 11,214thTop
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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 14,768thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 16,138thLargest Welfare Programs: 24,464th
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Most Inclusive: 1st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Developed: 1st in the regionMost Cultured: 1st in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 1st in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Pacifist: 1st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 1st in the regionHighest Food Quality: 1st in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 1st in the regionMost Devout: 1st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 1st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 1st in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1st in the regionNicest Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1st in the regionMost Income Equality: 1st in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 1st in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Populations: 1st in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 1st in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionSafest: 1st in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 2nd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 2nd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 2nd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 2nd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 2nd in the regionBest Weather: 2nd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 3rd in the regionLargest Governments: 3rd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 3rd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 4th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 4th in the regionTop
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Largest Trout Fishing Sector: 7th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 8th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 8th in the regionMost Extreme: 8th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Ratateague, dinner parties often end in politically charged fist fights.
  • : Following new legislation in Ratateague, Ratateague is notorious for its citizens' infidelity.
  • : Following new legislation in Ratateague, cyber-crime and tin-foil hat sales are both increasing at record rates.
  • : Following new legislation in Ratateague, a government program is underway to revitalize Ratateague's beaches.
  • : Following new legislation in Ratateague, conspiracy theorists allege that the government is spying on them through their carbon monoxide detectors.
  • : Following new legislation in Ratateague, physics lessons mostly involve talking about emotional management techniques.
  • : Following new legislation in Ratateague, the nation is known abroad mostly for its Parliamentary antics.
  • : Following new legislation in Ratateague, the word "alcohol" is a trauma trigger for children as young as five.
  • : Following new legislation in Ratateague, a child's only Trickster Night scare is the sight of their parents dancing.
  • : Following new legislation in Ratateague, parking lots are littered with coffee cups and doughnut crumbs.

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