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Largest Agricultural Sector: 3,828thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 4,169thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 4,360th
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The Rapture Republic

Population7.313 billion



The Crumbling Underwater City of The Rapture Republic is a colossal, efficient nation, renowned for its closed borders, strictly enforced bedtime, and punitive income tax rates. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 7.313 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 1,352 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 11,518th in the world and 2nd in The Union of Egoists for Most Politically Apathetic Citizens, with 56.96 Whatever.

Largest Agricultural Sector: 3,828thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 4,169thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 4,360thLowest Crime Rates: 5,957thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 6,106thMost Scientifically Advanced: 6,152ndMost Advanced Defense Forces: 6,245thMost Corrupt Governments: 6,521stLargest Black Market: 7,503rdLargest Manufacturing Sector: 7,855thHighest Average Incomes: 8,348thLargest Governments: 9,114thLargest Insurance Industry: 9,500thLargest Information Technology Sector: 9,923rdSmartest Citizens: 10,792ndLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 10,893rdMost Advanced Public Transport: 11,452ndMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 11,518thHealthiest Citizens: 11,702ndTop
Most Advanced Public Education: 13,243rdHighest Economic Output: 13,309thMost Secular: 13,615thMost Efficient Economies: 13,624thHighest Average Tax Rates: 14,190thMost Authoritarian: 14,739thLargest Publishing Industry: 16,765thMost Cultured: 18,167thMost Developed: 20,323rdMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 20,415thMost Subsidized Industry: 20,679thLargest Mining Sector: 24,139th

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