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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 2,814thLargest Welfare Programs: 3,063rdHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 3,245th
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Population2.779 billion

LeaderCasey Lantz


The United Socialist States of Lantzalot is a massive, genial nation, ruled by Casey Lantz with a fair hand, and notable for its smutty television, free-roaming dinosaurs, and multi-spousal wedding ceremonies. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 2.779 billion Lantzalotians hold their civil and political rights very dear, although the wealthy and those in business tend to be viewed with suspicion.

The enormous, liberal government juggles the competing demands of Education, Healthcare, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Lantz. The average income tax rate is 88.9%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The all-consuming Lantzalotian economy, worth 273 trillion Dollars a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is quite specialized, is led by the Trout Farming industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Tourism, and Book Publishing. Average income is 98,351 Dollars, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

A favorite "life hack" for gap year backpackers is to pretend to be homeless for government handouts, people have become comfortably numb, Dog is one of the most popular forenames in Lantzalot, and recent protests against birds flying too low have resulted in bloodshed. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Lantzalot's national animal is the Dog, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Lantzalot is ranked 64,200th in the world and 1,058th in the South Pacific for Highest Economic Output, with 273 trillion Standard Monetary Units.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 2,814thLargest Welfare Programs: 3,063rdHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 3,245thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 3,938thMost Cheerful Citizens: 3,946thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 4,482ndMost Influential: 4,736thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 5,029thNicest Citizens: 6,166thMost Pacifist: 6,609thMost Compassionate Citizens: 6,925thMost Inclusive: 7,138thMost Advanced Public Transport: 7,933rdLeast Corrupt Governments: 8,172ndMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 8,890thLongest Average Lifespans: 9,412thBest Weather: 9,571stMost Advanced Public Education: 9,935thHighest Average Tax Rates: 10,170thTop
Nudest: 12,088thHealthiest Citizens: 12,122ndMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 12,606thMost Beautiful Environments: 13,383rdSafest: 14,447thMost Cultured: 14,594thLargest Governments: 14,617thLowest Crime Rates: 16,227thHighest Poor Incomes: 17,807thSmartest Citizens: 17,992ndMost Developed: 18,302ndMost Secular: 18,910thMost Subsidized Industry: 20,404thMost Extensive Civil Rights: 20,791st
Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 90th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 94th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 117th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 118th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 150th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 191st in the regionNicest Citizens: 211th in the regionMost Pacifist: 239th in the regionMost Inclusive: 246th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 249th in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 256th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 276th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 287th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 302nd in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 316th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 319th in the regionBest Weather: 323rd in the regionNudest: 343rd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 377th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 407th in the regionTop
Most Cultured: 418th in the regionLargest Governments: 421st in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 436th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 438th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 473rd in the regionSafest: 507th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 519th in the regionMost Influential: 525th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 537th in the regionMost Developed: 537th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 539th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 571st in the regionRudest Citizens: 614th in the regionMost Secular: 656th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 729th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 815th in the region

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