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Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 287thMost Advanced Public Transport: 345thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 543rd
The Democratic Republic of
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Population17.074 billion

CapitalZweites Kuh
LeaderLady D

AnimalSea Otter

The Democratic Republic of Lebenlauf is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Lady D with a fair hand, and renowned for its smutty television, punitive income tax rates, and devotion to social welfare. The compassionate, hard-working, democratic, cheerful population of 17.074 billion Lebenlaufians enjoy a sensible mix of personal and economic freedoms, while the political process is open and the people's right to vote held sacrosanct.

The government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked, outspoken morass — juggles the competing demands of Education, Environment, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Zweites Kuh. The average income tax rate is 99.6%.

The all-consuming Lebenlaufian economy, worth a remarkable 2,770 trillion Platinums a year, is highly specialized and mostly made up of the Book Publishing industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology and Gambling. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 162,250 Platinums, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 3.1 times as much as the poorest.

Many friends and relatives of Lady D have been given ambassador jobs in tropical island nations, the Smalltopian embassy doubles as an electoral campaign headquarters, private law firms are unheard of, and the Twelve Steps To Logging Off is the most popular mobile download. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Lebenlauf's national animal is the Sea Otter, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Lebenlauf is ranked 208,092nd in the world and 2,116th in 10000 Islands for Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector, scoring -34.84 on the Henry Ford Productivity Index.

Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 287thMost Advanced Public Transport: 345thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 543rdSafest: 579thMost Advanced Public Education: 778thMost Influential: 880thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 934thHighest Average Tax Rates: 1,059thLongest Average Lifespans: 1,170thMost Cheerful Citizens: 1,257thLowest Crime Rates: 1,286thHealthiest Citizens: 1,323rdMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1,465thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 1,551stLargest Governments: 1,612thMost Beautiful Environments: 1,617thMost Pacifist: 1,626thLeast Corrupt Governments: 1,678thLargest Welfare Programs: 1,691stMost Cultured: 1,885thBest Weather: 1,900thTop
Smartest Citizens: 2,370thLargest Publishing Industry: 3,386thHighest Economic Output: 4,682ndMost World Assembly Endorsements: 6,347thMost Developed: 6,473rdNicest Citizens: 6,765thLargest Populations: 9,214thMost Inclusive: 9,799thTop
Highest Average Incomes: 10,994thHighest Poor Incomes: 12,456thMost Subsidized Industry: 13,186thMost Scientifically Advanced: 15,147thMost Compassionate Citizens: 15,205thMost Valuable International Artwork: 16,739th
Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 7th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 7th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 11th in the regionSafest: 12th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 15th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 15th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 17th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 17th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 20th in the regionTop
Most Cheerful Citizens: 22nd in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 26th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 30th in the regionLargest Governments: 30th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 31st in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 31st in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 32nd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 33rd in the regionMost Pacifist: 38th in the regionBest Weather: 40th in the regionMost Cultured: 44th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 49th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 62nd in the regionMost Influential: 69th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 72nd in the regionLargest Populations: 88th in the regionTop
Most Developed: 112th in the regionNicest Citizens: 131st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 145th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 150th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 190th in the regionMost Inclusive: 196th in the region

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