by Max Barry

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Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 2,704th Least Corrupt Governments: 5,950th Most Compassionate Citizens: 6,100th
The Democratic People's Republic of
Left-wing Utopia Utopia
In Lard We Trust
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Population1.726 billion

LeaderBob Sanders


The Democratic People's Republic of Lardsburg is a massive, cultured nation, ruled by Bob Sanders with a fair hand, and renowned for its national health service, multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, and punitive income tax rates. The compassionate, democratic population of 1.726 billion Lardsburgians are free to do what they want with their own bodies, and vote for whomever they like in elections; if they go into business, however, they are regulated to within an inch of their lives.

The medium-sized government prioritizes Education, with Healthcare, Welfare, and Industry also on the agenda, while Spirituality is ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Lardsburg. The average income tax rate is 54.7%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Lardsburgian economy, worth 202 trillion Lards a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing, Tourism, and Basket Weaving. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 117,104 Lards, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Small children are learning a lot of new words from a teacher with Tourette Syndrome, epileptic patients switch their medications to whichever has a 'buy one get one free' offer, a handful of megacorporations own every "craft brewery" in the nation, and the moral worth of national allies is judged by their GDP. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Lardsburg's national animal is the Pig, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Lardsburg is ranked 19,625th in the world and 770th in The North Pacific for Highest Foreign Aid Spending, scoring 1,104.75 on the Clooney Contribution Index.

Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 2,704thLeast Corrupt Governments: 5,950thMost Compassionate Citizens: 6,100thMost Pacifist: 6,142ndNicest Citizens: 6,407thMost Influential: 6,857thSafest: 7,315thTop
Largest Publishing Industry: 7,980thMost Inclusive: 8,802ndLargest Cheese Export Sector: 9,221stLargest Welfare Programs: 10,840thLargest Information Technology Sector: 11,379thHighest Poor Incomes: 11,591stMost Cheerful Citizens: 12,314thMost Developed: 12,670thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 12,961stSmartest Citizens: 13,027thLongest Average Lifespans: 13,782ndMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 15,073rdMost Cultured: 15,361stMost Scientifically Advanced: 15,711th
Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 130th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 333rd in the regionMost Pacifist: 359th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 367th in the regionNicest Citizens: 374th in the regionSafest: 386th in the regionTop
Largest Publishing Industry: 429th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 476th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 498th in the regionMost Inclusive: 532nd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 617th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 634th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 636th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 641st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 725th in the regionMost Developed: 741st in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 770th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 774th in the region

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