by Max Barry

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Largest Agricultural Sector: 6,454thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 18,041stMost Compassionate Citizens: 19,131st
The Republic of
Corrupt Dictatorship Well-Meaning Dictatorship
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Civil Rights
Below Average
Very Strong
Political Freedom

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Population2.072 billion


The Republic of Light44 is a massive, genial nation, notable for its unlimited-speed roads, rampant corporate plagiarism, and vat-grown people. The compassionate, cynical population of 2.072 billion Light44ians are ruled with an iron fist by the dictatorship government, which ensures that no-one outside the party gets too rich. In their personal lives, however, citizens are relatively unoppressed; it remains to be seen whether this is because the government genuinely cares about its people, or if it hasn't gotten around to stamping out civil rights yet.

The large, corrupt, socially-minded, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Education. The average income tax rate is 59.8%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The very strong Light44ian economy, worth 171 trillion pounds a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is broadly diversified, is led by the Beef-Based Agriculture industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Woodchip Exports, and Automobile Manufacturing. Average income is 82,595 pounds, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Prison walls have had to be modified to keep parkour-trained criminals from escaping, small children are learning a lot of new words from a teacher with Tourette Syndrome, aides are afraid to ask if Leader wants a cup of tea or coffee, and endangered species are effective hostages against the Light44ian military. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Light44's national animal is the dolphin, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Light44 is ranked 211,505th in the world and 4,677th in Artificial Solar System for Greatest Rich-Poor Divides, with 1.45 Rich To Poor Income Ratio.

Largest Agricultural Sector: 6,454thTop
Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 18,041stMost Compassionate Citizens: 19,131stMost Inclusive: 22,883rdNicest Citizens: 23,260thHighest Poor Incomes: 23,831st
Most Inclusive: 13th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 37th in the regionTop
Largest Agricultural Sector: 56th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 56th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 70th in the regionNicest Citizens: 70th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 82nd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 116th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 159th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 187th in the regionLargest Governments: 192nd in the regionTop
Largest Welfare Programs: 286th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 296th in the regionMost Developed: 311th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 314th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 325th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 328th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 328th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 342nd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 349th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 381st in the regionBest Weather: 390th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 393rd in the regionMost Authoritarian: 423rd in the regionMost Income Equality: 426th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 430th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 478th in the region

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