I'm curious about the responses to some questions I've found on this site -- but I can't post comments yet, so I am starting a new question. At least two people have asked about regression to predict a dependent variable which is a ranking from 1...N where N is the number of datapoints. They have been given suggestions dealing with parts of their problem not related to my concern here -- a general response seems to be using ordinal regression. But in ordinal regression, it's at least theoretically possible that all the rank variables could have the same value.
I am assuming that ranking in the examples below are actually exclusive: only one datum can be rank 1, only one can be rank 2, etc. It seems to me that the dependent (Y) variables, then, are necessarily NOT iid.
Here is the question I am responding to:
And for the one below, I notice that there is no response. Is there no real method for this kind of regression?
My question, I suppose, is this: am I right in thinking that rank data are necessarily not IID, and therefore we cannot use standard statistics on them? I know its hard to prove a negative, but I'd appreciate any expertise on this subject. (I don't have a specific test or project in mind: just trying to expand my understanding.)
 Realized I had to add this detail to my question: can ordinal regression really be used in the case where we are ranking data, without violating assumptions?
[edit 2] removed a link .. not sure what the correct one was
I think this is the clearest example: regressing the ranking of countries by GDP on some set of predictors. So the ranks, not the GDP. (I'm not sure why anyone would want to do this, but its a hypothetical example.)