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Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 917thHighest Crime Rates: 1,873rdLowest Overall Tax Burden: 2,641st
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The Riemstagrad

Population11.83 billion


The Empire of The Riemstagrad is a gargantuan, cultured nation, renowned for its museums and concert halls, frequent executions, and irreverence towards religion. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic population of 11.83 billion Riemstagradians live in a state of perpetual fear, as a complete breakdown of social order has led to the rise of order through biker gangs.

The minute, outspoken government, or what there is of one, is effectively ruled by the Department of Industry, with Law & Order and Spirituality not funded at all. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 3.8%.

The frighteningly efficient Riemstagradian economy, worth a remarkable 1,090 trillion Denaris a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Automobile Manufacturing, Retail, and Soda Sales. Average income is 92,184 Denaris, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 363,845 per year while the poor average 15,822, a ratio of 23.0 to 1.

The government recently donated a surfboard to an impoverished family in a landlocked region, tourists flock from around the world to see The Riemstagrad's famed 'rainbow slums', t-shirts displaying a photo of Leader performing the Full-Monty are selling out, and the government regularly reassures citizens that there are no monsters under their beds. Crime, especially youth-related, is pervasive, probably because of the absence of a police force. The Riemstagrad's national animal is the Agapornis, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

The Riemstagrad is ranked 19,352nd in the world and 18th in Equilism for Largest Mining Sector, scoring 6,508.94 on the Blue Sky Asbestos Index.

Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 917thHighest Crime Rates: 1,873rdTop
Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 2,641stLargest Soda Pop Sector: 3,199thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 4,046thMost Avoided: 5,113thFattest Citizens: 5,756thHighest Disposable Incomes: 8,471stMost Armed: 9,620thLargest Retail Industry: 9,842ndLeast Corrupt Governments: 9,977thMost Rebellious Youth: 10,084thTop
Highest Wealthy Incomes: 13,055thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 14,113thHighest Economic Output: 15,300thMost Efficient Economies: 15,716thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 17,933rdLargest Information Technology Sector: 18,773rdLargest Mining Sector: 19,352ndMost Politically Free: 20,319th
Highest Crime Rates: 2nd in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 3rd in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 3rd in the regionFattest Citizens: 4th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 5th in the regionMost Avoided: 5th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 5th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 6th in the regionTop
Rudest Citizens: 10th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 10th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 10th in the regionMost Politically Free: 10th in the regionMost Armed: 11th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 13th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 13th in the region

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