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Most Valuable International Artwork: 105thMost Ignorant Citizens: 183rdMost Devout: 224th
The BETTER THAN U AND U KNOW IT of
Iron Fist Consumerists Champions of Commerce
DRAGON ENERGY
Donald Trump and Kanye West
Influence
Sprat
Civil Rights
Few
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Unheard Of

Overview Dispatches Policies People Government Economy Rank Trend Cards

ROM

Population16.703 billion

CapitalWashington DC
LeaderDonald Trump and Kanye West
FaithFollowers of Trump

CurrencySteak
AnimalDragon

The BETTER THAN U AND U KNOW IT of ROM is a gargantuan, orderly nation, ruled by Donald Trump and Kanye West with an iron fist, and notable for its pith helmet sales, prohibition of alcohol, and lack of airports. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 16.703 billion Stans 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 large, corrupt, well-organized government is primarily concerned with Defense, although Law & Order, Spirituality, and Administration are also considered important, while Welfare and Environment are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Washington DC. The average income tax rate is 95.3%.

The frighteningly efficient ROMian economy, worth a remarkable 4,860 trillion Steaks 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 an enormous, deeply entrenched, quite specialized black market in Arms Manufacturing, Uranium Mining, Woodchip Exports, and Gambling. 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 amazing 291,019 Steaks, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 3.9 times as much as the poorest.

The nation is renowned abroad for its love of blood and guts, businesses are scrambling to adapt to the government's mandate that 'time and measurement no longer exist', ROM recently hosted the least successful trade negotiations since The Phantom Menace, and neighboring nations are tired of ROM's big fish stories. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force. ROM's national animal is the Dragon, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Followers of Trump.

ROM is ranked 7,781st in the world and 407th in The North Pacific for Largest Basket Weaving Sector, scoring 6,871.64 on the Hickory Productivity Index.

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Most Valuable International Artwork: 105thMost Ignorant Citizens: 183rdMost Devout: 224thMost Primitive: 270thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 327thLargest Black Market: 336thLargest Mining Sector: 451stMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 485thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 535thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 553rdMost Corrupt Governments: 574thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 641stLargest Manufacturing Sector: 731stHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1,448thMost Avoided: 1,535thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 2,118thHighest Economic Output: 2,175thHighest Average Incomes: 2,291stTop
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Fattest Citizens: 2,721stNudest: 2,731stLargest Gambling Industry: 2,788thMost Subsidized Industry: 3,724thMost Influential: 3,852ndHighest Average Tax Rates: 4,897thHighest Poor Incomes: 4,934thLargest Governments: 5,015thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 5,624thRudest Citizens: 6,085thMost Efficient Economies: 7,684thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 7,781stLowest Crime Rates: 9,116thTop
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Largest Populations: 13,176thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 18,572ndMost Advanced Public Transport: 21,631st
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Largest Black Market: 9th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 9th in the regionMost Primitive: 12th in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 13th in the regionMost Devout: 16th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 17th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 19th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 21st in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 22nd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 24th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 25th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 29th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 33rd in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 45th in the regionMost Avoided: 47th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 63rd in the regionNudest: 84th in the regionFattest Citizens: 92nd in the regionTop
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Largest Furniture Restoration Industry: 99th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 102nd in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 103rd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 200th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 231st in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 250th in the regionLargest Governments: 275th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 281st in the regionLargest Populations: 288th in the regionRudest Citizens: 316th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 407th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 431st in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 474th in the regionTop
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Highest Drug Use: 712th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 822nd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in ROM, neighboring nations are tired of ROM's big fish stories.
  • : Following new legislation in ROM, ROM recently hosted the least successful trade negotiations since The Phantom Menace.
  • : Following new legislation in ROM, businesses are scrambling to adapt to the government's mandate that 'time and measurement no longer exist'.
  • : Following new legislation in ROM, the nation is renowned abroad for its love of blood and guts.
  • : Following new legislation in ROM, unused plastic recycling bins are being dumped into landfills by the tonne.
  • : Following new legislation in ROM, wood-framed catapults are ready to launch diseased corpses into besieged cities.
  • : Following new legislation in ROM, children often kick Dragons for amusement.
  • : Following new legislation in ROM, golden statues of Dragons line the memorial avenues of the Funerary District.
  • : Following new legislation in ROM, the bayonet is cutting-edge technology.
  • : Following new legislation in ROM, girls in elementary school classes gaze longingly at boys playing tag.

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