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Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 1stLeast Corrupt Governments: 2ndSafest: 9th
The SLUthing of
Left-wing Utopia
ᴀʟʟ ɍᴀᴛʜᴇʀs ᴄᴀʀᴇ ɍѳʀ ᴛʜᴇɪʀ sѳɴs
Influence
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Civil Rights
Superb
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Superb

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Ratateague

Population22.672 billion

CapitalHoltmímir

Currencylabor credit
Animalflying squirrel

The SLUthing of Ratateague is a gargantuan, cultured nation, remarkable for its state-planned economy, national health service, and restrictive gun laws. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful, devout population of 22.672 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 prioritizes Education, although Environment, Healthcare, and Social Policy are also considered important, while Defense and Spirituality are ignored. 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 a remarkable 8,876 trillion labor credits 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 Information Technology, Book Publishing, and Furniture Restoration. Average income is an amazing 391,502 labor credits, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

High school band practice is often crashed by technicolor-clad ravers, there have been sightings of people walking around dressed in nothing but leopard-skin g-strings for 'religious reasons', snap elections are called over every minor impasse, and signs at the border tell international drivers where they can put their cars. 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 5,545th in the world and 1st in The Social Liberal Union for Largest Populations, with 22.7 billion Capita.

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Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 1stLeast Corrupt Governments: 2ndSafest: 9thMost Developed: 10thHealthiest Citizens: 11thLongest Average Lifespans: 15thNicest Citizens: 21stMost Compassionate Citizens: 25thMost Pacifist: 27thBest Weather: 32ndMost Cheerful Citizens: 35thMost Inclusive: 46thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 68thSmartest Citizens: 69thMost Beautiful Environments: 87thLargest Publishing Industry: 105thMost Cultured: 108thHighest Poor Incomes: 157thMost Advanced Public Education: 183rdMost Rebellious Youth: 274thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 276thLargest Governments: 324thMost Valuable International Artwork: 413thHighest Average Tax Rates: 493rdHighest Economic Output: 643rdLowest Crime Rates: 649thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 667thMost Efficient Economies: 690thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 696thHighest Average Incomes: 856thMost Scientifically Advanced: 875thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 953rdMost Advanced Public Transport: 1,157thLargest Information Technology Sector: 1,200thMost Devout: 1,902ndTop
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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 3,605thLargest Populations: 5,545thMost Subsidized Industry: 6,229thMost Income Equality: 6,999thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 8,133rdHighest Wealthy Incomes: 9,971stTop
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Nudest: 12,302ndMost World Assembly Endorsements: 16,233rd
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Healthiest Citizens: 1st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 1st in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Populations: 1st in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1st in the regionMost Developed: 1st in the regionNicest Citizens: 1st in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 1st in the regionMost Cultured: 1st in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1st in the regionSafest: 1st in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 1st in the regionMost Pacifist: 1st in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Devout: 1st in the regionMost Inclusive: 1st in the regionBest Weather: 1st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 1st in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 1st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionTop
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Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 2nd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 2nd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 2nd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 2nd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 2nd in the regionLargest Governments: 2nd in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 2nd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 2nd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 2nd in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 3rd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 3rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 5th in the regionMost Income Equality: 6th in the regionMost Extreme: 7th in the regionTop
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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 11th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 11th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 12th in the regionNudest: 14th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Ratateague, signs at the border tell international drivers where they can put their cars.
  • : Following new legislation in Ratateague, snap elections are called over every minor impasse.
  • : Following new legislation in Ratateague, there have been sightings of people walking around dressed in nothing but leopard-skin g-strings for 'religious reasons'.
  • : Following new legislation in Ratateague, high school band practice is often crashed by technicolor-clad ravers.
  • : Following new legislation in Ratateague, the World SLUthing Games have been won again by Ratateague as no other country cares enough to compete.
  • : Following new legislation in Ratateague, the phrase 'spreading like wildfire' is no longer in the public lexicon.
  • : Following new legislation in Ratateague, sales of trenchcoats are on the rise.
  • : Following new legislation in Ratateague, 'Police Academy 36' and 'Sharknados On A Plane' are vying for top spot at the box-office.
  • : Following new legislation in Ratateague, minority children spend hours bussing to schools miles away from home.
  • : Following new legislation in Ratateague, cotton candy made from genuine cotton cellulose doesn't quite satisfy.

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