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Largest Trout Fishing Sector: 5,112thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 8,793rdMost Secular: 9,458th
The Dictatorship of
Father Knows Best State Suspiciously Conservative Democracy
War is what keeps humanity sane.
Influence
Duckspeaker
WA Delegate
Civil Rights
Some
Economy
All-Consuming
Political Freedom
Rare

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Socialist States of Ludistan

Population445 million

CapitalNew Palermo

CurrencyRed Dollar
Animalgrey wolf

The Dictatorship of Socialist States of Ludistan is a huge, orderly nation, notable for its sprawling nuclear power plants, vat-grown people, and ubiquitous missile silos. The hard-nosed, cynical population of 445 million Ludistanians are ruled by a mostly-benevolent dictator, who grants the populace the freedom to live their own lives but watches carefully for anyone to slip up.

The medium-sized, corrupt, well-organized government prioritizes Defense, although Education, Law & Order, and Industry are also considered important, while International Aid and Spirituality receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of New Palermo. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 70.1%.

The all-consuming Ludistanian economy, worth 55.3 trillion Red Dollars a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Trout Farming, and Tourism. Black market activity is extensive. Average income is an impressive 124,199 Red Dollars, with the richest citizens earning 7.6 times as much as the poorest.

Prominent cultural symbols are featured on the backs of cereal boxes, punk rockers smash it up and then clean it up, a faint smell of body odour can be detected at several miles' distance from the National Science Park, and people who have had childhood imaginary friends are told they can't ever be trusted with guns. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Socialist States of Ludistan's national animal is the grey wolf, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Socialist States of Ludistan is ranked 23,361st in the world and 14th in First World Order for Most Developed, scoring 78.81 on the Human Development Index.

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Largest Trout Fishing Sector: 5,112thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 8,793rdMost Secular: 9,458thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 9,464thTop
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Most Corrupt Governments: 11,194thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 12,806thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 13,393rdMost Advanced Public Transport: 13,400thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 16,383rdMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 17,203rdLargest Information Technology Sector: 18,486thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 18,864thHighest Drug Use: 20,424th
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Most Advanced Public Transport: 1st in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 1st in the regionTop
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Most Advanced Defense Forces: 3rd in the regionLargest Governments: 3rd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 3rd in the regionMost Secular: 4th in the regionMost Stationary: 5th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 5th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 6th in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 6th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 6th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 7th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 7th in the regionLargest Black Market: 8th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 8th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 9th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 9th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 10th in the regionTop
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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 11th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 12th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 13th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 13th in the regionMost Developed: 14th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 15th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 16th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 17th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 18th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 18th in the region

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