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The United Socialist States of Leonfire

“You Can't Stop Progress”

Category: Left-wing Utopia
Civil Rights:
Superb
Economy:
Good
Political Freedoms:
Superb

Regional Influence: Minnow

Location: The North Pacific

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Leonfire

Population338 million

CapitalPantherax

CurrencyBitt
AnimalLion

The United Socialist States of Leonfire is a huge, safe nation, renowned for its state-planned economy, irreverence towards religion, and suspicion of poets. The compassionate, democratic population of 338 million Leonfireans 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 enormous, liberal, socially-minded, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Pantherax. The average income tax rate is 70.7%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The Leonfirean economy, worth 19.3 trillion Bitts a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is quite specialized, is dominated by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Retail, Uranium Mining, and Pizza Delivery. Average income is 57,026 Bitts, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The poor are often seen pale and dizzy after selling their blood to make ends meet, children dream of becoming physicians and physicists, there is no other place with more lab coats per square mile than former houses of worship, and criminals and college students are taking an interest in the government's new weed-killing program. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Leonfire's national animal is the Lion, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

Leonfire is ranked 18,844th in the world and 954th in The North Pacific for Most Income Equality, scoring 72.11 on the Marx-Engels Emancipation Scale.

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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 1,740thMost Influential: 6,452ndTop
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Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 9,531stHighest Drug Use: 16,244th
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Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 426th in the regionTop
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Highest Drug Use: 659th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 725th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 822nd in the region

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