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The Commonwealth of Lambstein

“Live and Let Live” Alexander Mises Kuntz

Category: Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
Civil Rights:
Excellent
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Excellent

Regional Influence: Sprat

Location: The North Pacific

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Lambstein

Population3.668 billion

CapitalOdin
LeaderAlexander Mises Kuntz
FaithCloutism

CurrencyJuul
AnimalGolden Oriole

The Commonwealth of Lambstein is a massive, efficient nation, ruled by Alexander Mises Kuntz with an even hand, and notable for its public floggings, sprawling nuclear power plants, and strictly enforced bedtime. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, devout population of 3.668 billion Lambsteinians have some civil rights, but not too many, enjoy the freedom to spend their money however they like, to a point, and take part in free and open elections, although not too often.

The minute government, or what there is of one, juggles the competing demands of Education, Industry, and Defense. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Odin. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 3.5%.

The frighteningly efficient Lambsteinian economy, worth 455 trillion Juuls a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Retail, Arms Manufacturing, and Tourism. Average income is an impressive 124,139 Juuls, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 363,055 per year while the poor average 33,505, a ratio of 10.8 to 1.

Gay men commonly complain about their time of the month, televangelists flaunt their expensive cars when they attend charity events, the streets are increasingly clogged with poverty-stricken beggars, and the new foreign policy is "why bother invading neighbours when they can be bought wholesale?". Crime, especially youth-related, is a major problem, probably because of the absence of a police force. Lambstein's national animal is the Golden Oriole and its national religion is Cloutism.

Lambstein is ranked 14,759th in the world and 689th in The North Pacific for Most Devout, with 1,551.49 Prayers Per Hour.

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Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 2,288thHighest Crime Rates: 3,529thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 3,589thHighest Disposable Incomes: 4,372ndMost Influential: 4,519thLargest Retail Industry: 5,225thMost Armed: 5,284thRudest Citizens: 5,509thTop
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Most Rebellious Youth: 8,645thMost Cheerful Citizens: 11,868thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 11,904thLargest Mining Sector: 11,946thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 12,637thLargest Gambling Industry: 13,531stLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 14,266thMost Devout: 14,759thLargest Information Technology Sector: 15,033rdMost Scientifically Advanced: 15,743rd
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Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 72nd in the regionTop
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Highest Crime Rates: 120th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 147th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 185th in the regionMost Armed: 192nd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 251st in the regionRudest Citizens: 301st in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 331st in the regionTop
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Largest Mining Sector: 449th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 456th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 503rd in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 537th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 593rd in the regionMost Stationary: 613th in the regionMost Devout: 689th in the regionFattest Citizens: 707th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 796th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 834th in the region

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