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Most Scientifically Advanced: 1,198thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1,580thMost Developed: 1,787th
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The Free Lands of Lothlorien

Population9.259 billion

LeaderPresident Yakashama
FaithCult of Progress


The Commune of The Free Lands of Lothlorien is a colossal, genial nation, ruled by President Yakashama with a fair hand, and remarkable for its vat-grown people, pith helmet sales, and unlimited-speed roads. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 9.259 billion Lothlorieners are free to do what they want with their own bodies, and vote for whomever they like in elections; if they go into business, however, they are regulated to within an inch of their lives.

The large, liberal government juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Amasakaya. The average income tax rate is 96.4%.

The frighteningly efficient Free Lothlorien economy, worth a remarkable 1,996 trillion Dulvas a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is fairly diversified, is led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Tourism, Arms Manufacturing, and Retail. Average income is an amazing 215,663 Dulvas, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The latest guided missile cruiser "Ship-1642" has received precisely zero column inches in the press, the Supreme Court vehemently protects civil rights and the right to privacy, government fact-checkers use surprising amounts of high explosive, and UFO sightings are listed daily in the morning news. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. The Free Lands of Lothlorien's national animal is the Tiger, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Cult of Progress.

The Free Lands of Lothlorien is ranked 6,075th in the world and 24th in Spiritus for Most Advanced Public Transport, scoring 4,144.77 on the Societal Mobility Rating.

Most Scientifically Advanced: 1,198thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1,580thMost Developed: 1,787thLargest Information Technology Sector: 1,936thHighest Poor Incomes: 2,216thTop
Longest Average Lifespans: 2,666thSmartest Citizens: 2,749thHealthiest Citizens: 2,778thMost Cheerful Citizens: 2,955thLargest Governments: 3,290thMost Inclusive: 3,381stMost Influential: 3,472ndHighest Average Tax Rates: 3,679thMost Efficient Economies: 3,807thMost Cultured: 4,086thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 4,113thMost Advanced Public Education: 4,204thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 4,257thLowest Crime Rates: 4,923rdMost Armed: 5,214thHighest Average Incomes: 5,293rdMost Beautiful Environments: 5,664thNicest Citizens: 5,697thMost Advanced Public Transport: 6,075thSafest: 6,530thMost Compassionate Citizens: 6,855thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 7,562ndBest Weather: 7,650thHighest Economic Output: 8,187thLeast Corrupt Governments: 8,256thMost Subsidized Industry: 8,265thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 8,363rdMost Valuable International Artwork: 9,208thTop
Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 12,298thLargest Welfare Programs: 12,413thLargest Retail Industry: 13,056thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 13,742ndMost Stationary: 14,799thMost Secular: 17,225thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 20,138th
Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 2nd in the regionTop
Most Scientifically Advanced: 5th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 8th in the regionMost Inclusive: 9th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 9th in the regionMost Armed: 10th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 11th in the regionMost Developed: 11th in the regionMost Influential: 13th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 13th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 13th in the regionLargest Governments: 15th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 15th in the regionTop
Highest Average Tax Rates: 16th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 16th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 17th in the regionMost Cultured: 18th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 19th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 19th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 19th in the regionNicest Citizens: 20th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 20th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 21st in the regionSafest: 21st in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 21st in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 23rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 24th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 25th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 28th in the regionRudest Citizens: 28th in the regionMost Stationary: 28th in the regionBest Weather: 30th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 30th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 30th in the region

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