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Largest Trout Fishing Sector: 2,735th Most Armed: 3,905th Most Cheerful Citizens: 10,451st
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Loft Pain

Population1.01 billion

LeaderWinter Payne


The Rogue Nation of Loft Pain is a massive, cultured nation, ruled by Winter Payne with an even hand, and remarkable for its smutty television, free-roaming dinosaurs, and punitive income tax rates. The hard-nosed population of 1.01 billion Loft Painians are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The large, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Education, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Shadowfall. The average income tax rate is 75.1%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The thriving Loft Painian economy, worth 103 trillion dollars a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is a large, well-organized, quite specialized black market in Trout Farming, Arms Manufacturing, Tourism, and Information Technology. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is an impressive 102,286 dollars, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Winter Payne has just been declared ruler of Loft Pain in an international press conference, the working classes live and die on the fields of the farming communes, lobster tastes best when it is red, and Christianity has been named as Loft Pain's national religion. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Loft Pain's national animal is the Wolf, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Christianity.

Loft Pain is ranked 41,882nd in the world and 3rd in Raven Brook for Highest Drug Use, scoring 86.6 on the Pineapple Fondness Rating.

Largest Trout Fishing Sector: 2,735thMost Armed: 3,905thTop
Most Cheerful Citizens: 10,451stMost Advanced Defense Forces: 12,428thLargest Black Market: 12,797thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 13,653rdHighest Poor Incomes: 14,159thMost Advanced Public Transport: 14,819thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 16,062ndMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 16,221stHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 16,863rd

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