by Max Barry

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Most Income Equality: 6,941stLeast Corrupt Governments: 9,881stMost Secular: 11,734th
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We've not drowned yet.
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River Rats

Population7.666 billion

CapitalPort Lobster

AnimalRiver rat

The Kingdom of River Rats is a colossal, socially progressive nation, remarkable for its state-planned economy, irreverence towards religion, and stringent health and safety legislation. The quiet, industrious population of 7.666 billion River Ratters enjoy extensive civil rights and enjoy a level of social equality free from the usual accompanying government corruption.

The large, liberal, socially-minded government juggles the competing demands of Welfare, Education, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Port Lobster. The average income tax rate is 66.4%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The large but stagnant River Ratsian economy, worth 116 trillion Baseballs a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is fairly diversified, is led by the Tourism industry, with significant contributions from Cheese Exports, Information Technology, and Book Publishing. Average income is 15,176 Baseballs, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The weather in Port Lobster is always 'pigeons with a chance of droppings', people reciting Shakespeare have become a common sight, vaccinations are mandatory, and voting for pro-Bigtopian candidates is voluntary. Crime is totally unknown. River Rats's national animal is the River rat, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

River Rats is ranked 201,157th in the world and 25th in The Maritimes for Most Advanced Law Enforcement, scoring 290.32 on the Orwell Orderliness Index.

Most Income Equality: 6,941stLeast Corrupt Governments: 9,881stTop
Most Secular: 11,734thMost Extensive Civil Rights: 18,388thMost Rebellious Youth: 18,406th
Most Extensive Civil Rights: 1st in the regionTop
Most Income Equality: 2nd in the region

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