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The Riverside Van of Lemonadia

“Et robore de multi”

Category: New York Times Democracy
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Regional Influence: Envoy

Location: Thaecia



Population3.454 billion

LeaderLionel Anahi

AnimalPolar Cheetah

The Riverside Van of Lemonadia is a massive, cultured nation, ruled by Lionel Anahi with a fair hand, and remarkable for its pith helmet sales, punitive income tax rates, and devotion to social welfare. The compassionate, democratic, devout population of 3.454 billion Lemonads enjoy a sensible mix of personal and economic freedoms, while the political process is open and the people's right to vote held sacrosanct.

The enormous government juggles the competing demands of Education, Healthcare, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of MarvInVangrad. The average income tax rate is 84.0%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Lemonadian economy, worth 369 trillion Marbles a year, is quite specialized and led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing and Tourism. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 106,966 Marbles, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Strict term limits have been applied to all elected offices, foreign despots proudly bandstand on Lemonadian airwaves, police struggle to solve crimes due to the lack of fingerprint records, and every new building project has to undergo a five-year environmental impact study before it can go ahead. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Lemonadia's national animal is the Polar Cheetah, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Godsiniaism.

Lemonadia is ranked 208,684th in the world and 244th in Thaecia for Lowest Overall Tax Burden, scoring -149.53 on the Hayek Index.

Most Influential: 1,545thTop
Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 3,678thMost Valuable International Artwork: 3,800thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 4,632ndLargest Welfare Programs: 4,942ndBest Weather: 5,102ndLeast Corrupt Governments: 5,611thLongest Average Lifespans: 6,412thHealthiest Citizens: 6,848thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 7,559thLargest Publishing Industry: 7,841stMost Pacifist: 8,341stMost Compassionate Citizens: 8,380thNicest Citizens: 8,512thSafest: 8,853rdMost Beautiful Environments: 9,364thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 9,458thMost Developed: 9,508thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 9,836thMost Inclusive: 10,132ndMost Advanced Public Education: 11,025thTop
Highest Average Tax Rates: 11,816thMost Subsidized Industry: 12,746thSmartest Citizens: 12,754thMost Cheerful Citizens: 12,957thLowest Crime Rates: 14,042ndLargest Governments: 15,154thLargest Information Technology Sector: 15,204thMost Scientifically Advanced: 16,928thMost Efficient Economies: 17,427thHighest Poor Incomes: 17,614thMost Rebellious Youth: 18,931st
Most Stationary: 4th in the regionMost Influential: 6th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 6th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 13th in the regionTop
Best Weather: 14th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 14th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 15th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 15th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 16th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 17th in the regionSafest: 18th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 19th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 20th in the regionMost Pacifist: 22nd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 24th in the regionNicest Citizens: 26th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 27th in the regionMost Developed: 27th in the region

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