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Largest Agricultural Sector: 3,835thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 4,178thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 4,356th
The Crumbling Underwater City of
Iron Fist Consumerists
No Gods or Kings. Only Man!
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The Rapture Republic

Population7.307 billion



The Crumbling Underwater City of The Rapture Republic is a colossal, orderly nation, renowned for its free-roaming dinosaurs, ubiquitous missile silos, and infamous sell-swords. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 7.307 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 1,351 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 193,580th in the world and 9th in The Union of Egoists for Most Armed, with 0.22 Weapons Per Person.

Largest Agricultural Sector: 3,835thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 4,178thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 4,356thLowest Crime Rates: 5,961stLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 6,117thMost Scientifically Advanced: 6,153rdMost Advanced Defense Forces: 6,261stMost Corrupt Governments: 6,523rdLargest Black Market: 7,509thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 7,869thHighest Average Incomes: 8,354thLargest Governments: 9,121stLargest Insurance Industry: 9,528thLargest Information Technology Sector: 9,923rdSmartest Citizens: 10,811thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 10,883rdMost Advanced Public Transport: 11,452ndMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 11,514thHealthiest Citizens: 11,722ndTop
Most Advanced Public Education: 13,241stHighest Economic Output: 13,325thMost Secular: 13,606thMost Efficient Economies: 13,629thHighest Average Tax Rates: 14,213thMost Authoritarian: 14,756thLargest Publishing Industry: 16,789thMost Cultured: 18,169thMost Developed: 20,342ndMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 20,431stMost Subsidized Industry: 20,671stLargest Mining Sector: 24,107th

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