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Rudest Citizens: 648thLargest Information Technology Sector: 1,254thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1,412th
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Socialist States of Ludistan

Population2.284 billion

CapitalCapitale de Ludistano
LeaderJulia Lombardo


The Democratic Space Empire of Socialist States of Ludistan is a massive, cultured nation, ruled by Julia Lombardo with a fair hand, and remarkable for its barren, inhospitable landscape, rampant corporate plagiarism, and free-roaming dinosaurs. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, humorless population of 2.284 billion Ludistanians hold their civil and political rights very dear, although the wealthy and those in business tend to be viewed with suspicion.

The medium-sized, corrupt, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Education, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Capitale de Ludistano. The average income tax rate is 76.9%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Ludist economy, worth 665 trillion Bitweirs 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 an enormous, deeply entrenched, broadly diversified black market in Information Technology, Arms Manufacturing, Retail, and Book Publishing. 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 amazing 291,476 Bitweirs, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.4 times as much as the poorest.

The government pours millions of Bitweirs into rehabilitation programs annually, buses are widely regarded as the safest way to travel, state dairy cow's milk is a shear-thickening fluid that can stop small-caliber bullets, and Ludist scientists are mixing chewing tobacco with bacon flavouring in an attempt to craft the perfect male snack. Crime is totally unknown. Socialist States of Ludistan's national animal is the wolf, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Tzuism.

Socialist States of Ludistan is ranked 29,910th in the world and 7th in Callista for Highest Economic Output, with 665 trillion Standard Monetary Units.

Rudest Citizens: 648thLargest Information Technology Sector: 1,254thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1,412thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1,549thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1,674thMost Scientifically Advanced: 1,725thMost Armed: 1,858thHighest Poor Incomes: 2,203rdHighest Average Incomes: 2,275thTop
Most Advanced Defense Forces: 2,760thMost Avoided: 2,985thLargest Black Market: 3,780thMost Subsidized Industry: 3,848thLargest Retail Industry: 4,508thFattest Citizens: 4,824thLargest Mining Sector: 5,052ndMost Efficient Economies: 5,256thMost Corrupt Governments: 5,274thSmartest Citizens: 5,390thMost Advanced Public Education: 6,731stLargest Soda Pop Sector: 6,812thLargest Publishing Industry: 7,393rdMost Inclusive: 8,008thLargest Governments: 8,509thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 8,529thMost Developed: 8,871stMost World Assembly Endorsements: 9,832ndMost Valuable International Artwork: 11,542ndMost Rebellious Youth: 11,560thMost Cultured: 11,917thTop
Largest Agricultural Sector: 12,275thMost Secular: 12,414thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 16,374thHighest Disposable Incomes: 17,310thHighest Average Tax Rates: 18,784thMost Advanced Public Transport: 20,112thMost Politically Free: 23,205th
Rudest Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 2nd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 2nd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 2nd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 2nd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Armed: 2nd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 2nd in the regionFattest Citizens: 2nd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 3rd in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 3rd in the regionMost Avoided: 3rd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 3rd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 3rd in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 3rd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 3rd in the regionTop
Most Cultured: 4th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 4th in the regionLargest Black Market: 4th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 5th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 5th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 5th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 5th in the regionMost Politically Free: 5th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 5th in the regionMost Inclusive: 5th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 5th in the regionMost Developed: 6th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 7th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 7th in the region

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