by Max Barry

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Most Influential: 2,532nd Most Stationary: 5,816th Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 6,468th
The Republic of
Mother Knows Best State
Treue, Mut, Moral, Tugend
Queen Lydia I
Eminence Grise
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Population11.209 billion

LeaderQueen Lydia I


The Republic of Recheve is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by Queen Lydia I with an iron fist, and remarkable for its keen interest in outer space, otherworldly petting zoo, and punitive income tax rates. The hard-nosed, cynical population of 11.209 billion Rechians are ruled by a mostly-benevolent dictator, who grants the populace the freedom to live their own lives but watches carefully for anyone to slip up.

The enormous, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Education, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Grabacr. The average income tax rate is 84.3%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The powerhouse Rechian economy, worth a remarkable 1,297 trillion Markes a year, is quite specialized and led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Tourism, Book Publishing, and Arms Manufacturing. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 115,794 Markes, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.0 times as much as the poorest.

Psychiatrists bizarrely accompany Queen Lydia I to meetings with foreign heads of state, doctors accused of having no heart reply that cardiology isn't their speciality, the practice of capital punishment proves divisive, and strip mining of rare earth metals is up while back problems are down. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Recheve's national animal is the Pinehatch, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Colossism.

Recheve is ranked 11,054th in the world and 13th in The Western Colonies for Most Cultured, scoring 107 on the Snufflebottom-Wiggendum Pentatonic Scale.

Most Influential: 2,532ndMost Stationary: 5,816thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 6,468thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 6,505thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 6,880thMost Advanced Public Transport: 7,550thTop
Highest Economic Output: 9,657thHighest Average Tax Rates: 10,836thMost Cultured: 11,054thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 11,337thLargest Governments: 12,380thLargest Publishing Industry: 12,445thMost Advanced Public Education: 12,819thHealthiest Citizens: 13,252ndMost Scientifically Advanced: 13,616thLargest Information Technology Sector: 14,474thHighest Poor Incomes: 14,910thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 14,989thSmartest Citizens: 15,551stLongest Average Lifespans: 15,693rdMost Beautiful Environments: 15,714th

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