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The Grand Duchy of Leixum

“All hail the Duke!”

Category: Liberal Democratic Socialists
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Regional Influence: Sprat

Location: Balder



Population20.948 billion

CapitalLeixum City


The Grand Duchy of Leixum is a gargantuan, environmentally stunning nation, renowned for its daily referendums, frequent executions, and punitive income tax rates. The compassionate, democratic population of 20.948 billion Leixumians love a good election, and the government gives them plenty of them. Universities tend to be full of students debating the merits of various civil and political rights, while businesses are tightly regulated and the wealthy viewed with suspicion.

The relatively small, socially-minded government juggles the competing demands of Environment, Education, and Law & Order. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Leixum City. The average income tax rate is 77.2%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Leixumian economy, worth a remarkable 2,592 trillion Ings a year, is driven almost entirely by government activity. The industrial sector is mostly comprised of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, although the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is an impressive 123,743 Ings, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The richest individuals apparently buy nothing but noodles and toilet paper, a soldier's body is a temple, love is in the air, and where there's smoke there's the Leixumian Forestry Department. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Leixum's national animal is the Whippet, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Leixum is ranked 3,633rd in the world and 166th in Balder for Largest Governments, scoring 44.19 on the Bureaucratic Comprehensiveness Rating Scale Index.

Most Advanced Public Transport: 35thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 179thSafest: 346thBest Weather: 420thLeast Corrupt Governments: 421stHealthiest Citizens: 442ndMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 461stLongest Average Lifespans: 531stMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 584thMost Beautiful Environments: 1,312thMost Advanced Public Education: 1,477thMost Pacifist: 1,534thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1,630thLowest Crime Rates: 1,932ndLargest Welfare Programs: 2,021stTop
Most Developed: 3,066thMost Compassionate Citizens: 3,340thLargest Governments: 3,633rdNicest Citizens: 4,165thHighest Economic Output: 5,416thLargest Populations: 5,880thSmartest Citizens: 8,041stMost Valuable International Artwork: 9,412thHighest Poor Incomes: 9,563rdTop
Most Subsidized Industry: 12,538thMost Efficient Economies: 13,701stHighest Average Tax Rates: 17,310thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 19,872ndHighest Average Incomes: 21,401st
Most Advanced Public Transport: 3rd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 5th in the regionSafest: 8th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 9th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 10th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 10th in the regionBest Weather: 11th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 18th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 23rd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 33rd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 41st in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 50th in the regionMost Pacifist: 53rd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 81st in the regionTop
Largest Welfare Programs: 89th in the regionMost Developed: 117th in the regionLargest Populations: 120th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 133rd in the regionLargest Governments: 166th in the regionNicest Citizens: 178th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 191st in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 285th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 372nd in the regionTop
Highest Poor Incomes: 454th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 592nd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 608th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 611th in the regionMost Influential: 757th in the regionMost Income Equality: 799th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Leixum, where there's smoke there's the Leixumian Forestry Department.
  • : Following new legislation in Leixum, love is in the air.
  • : Following new legislation in Leixum, a soldier's body is a temple.
  • : Following new legislation in Leixum, the richest individuals apparently buy nothing but noodles and toilet paper.
  • : Following new legislation in Leixum, the nation's politicians are known more for the internet memes they spawn than any of their accomplishments.
  • : Leixum was reclassified from "Democratic Socialists" to "Liberal Democratic Socialists".
  • : Following new legislation in Leixum, panels from bankrupt rooftop solar companies are used as props for sci-fi B-movies.
  • : Following new legislation in Leixum, anti-vaxxers claim that injected children are prone to psychotic breaks when they see the 'Queen of Diamonds' playing card.
  • : Following new legislation in Leixum, no-one bats an eye when 'really good platonic friends' of the same sex hold hands in Leixum.
  • : Following new legislation in Leixum, religious bigotry and a fear of outsiders have replaced religious studies in schools.


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