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The Commonwealth of Lambstein

“Live and Let Live” Von Kern Kochead

Category: Capitalist Paradise
Civil Rights:
Excellent
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Excellent

Regional Influence: Minnow

Location: The North Pacific

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Lambstein

Population5.203 billion

CapitalOdin
LeaderVon Kern Kochead
FaithCloutism

CurrencyJuul
AnimalGolden Oriole

The Commonwealth of Lambstein is a colossal, cultured nation, ruled by Von Kern Kochead with an even hand, and notable for its keen interest in outer space, public floggings, and daily referendums. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, devout population of 5.203 billion Lambsteinians are either ruled by a sleek, efficient government or a conglomerate of multinational corporations; it's difficult to tell which.

The minute government, or what there is of one, juggles the competing demands of Education, Industry, and Healthcare. 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 659 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, Tourism, and Arms Manufacturing. Average income is an impressive 126,713 Juuls, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 476,912 per year while the poor average 23,482, a ratio of 20.3 to 1.

There's no cure or sympathy for the common cold, the revelation that people were sexist in the past is apparently front page news, the silencing of dissent speaks volumes about the quality of Lambsteinian democracy, and the Violet Mile now refers to the long line-ups that former death row inmates wait in as they transfer to maximum security prisons. 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 202,056th in the world and 9,957th in The North Pacific for Safest, scoring 6.89 on the Bubble-Rapp Safety Rating.

Top
5%
Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 2,321stHighest Crime Rates: 3,705thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 4,184thHighest Disposable Incomes: 4,322ndLargest Retail Industry: 4,866thRudest Citizens: 5,453rdHighest Wealthy Incomes: 7,563rdMost Rebellious Youth: 8,832ndMost Armed: 10,232ndTop
10%
Most Influential: 11,891stMost Cheerful Citizens: 12,701stLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 12,708thLargest Information Technology Sector: 14,969thLargest Mining Sector: 15,141stMost Scientifically Advanced: 15,368thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 16,132ndMost Devout: 17,675thLargest Gambling Industry: 17,908thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 18,536thMost Stationary: 19,168thHighest Average Incomes: 19,925th
Top
1%
Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 62nd in the regionTop
5%
Highest Crime Rates: 129th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 154th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 195th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 230th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 291st in the regionRudest Citizens: 305th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 317th in the regionMost Armed: 372nd in the regionMost Stationary: 468th in the regionTop
10%
Most Cheerful Citizens: 591st in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 600th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 646th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 677th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 692nd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 779th in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 785th in the regionMost Devout: 793rd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 795th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 796th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 798th in the regionLargest Black Market: 862nd in the regionFattest Citizens: 888th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 932nd in the regionLargest Populations: 957th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 966th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 990th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Lambstein, the Violet Mile now refers to the long line-ups that former death row inmates wait in as they transfer to maximum security prisons.
  • : Following new legislation in Lambstein, the silencing of dissent speaks volumes about the quality of Lambsteinian democracy.
  • : Lambstein was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Developed.
  • : Following new legislation in Lambstein, the revelation that people were sexist in the past is apparently front page news.
  • : Lambstein was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Cheerful Citizens.
  • : Lambstein was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Smartest Citizens.
  • : Lambstein was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Lowest Overall Tax Burden and the Top 10% for Highest Unexpected Death Rate.
  • : Lambstein was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Greatest Rich-Poor Divides.
  • : Lambstein was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Influential.
  • : Lambstein was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Armed and the Top 10% for Most Stationary, Highest Average Incomes, and Most Efficient Economies.

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