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The Republic of Letnem

“God and Progress”

Category: Authoritarian Democracy
Civil Rights:
Few
Economy:
Good
Political Freedoms:
Some

Regional Influence: Minnow

Location: Lazarus

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Letnem

Population848 million

Currencyruble
Animallion

The Republic of Letnem is a huge, cultured nation, renowned for its frequent executions, devotion to social welfare, and stringent health and safety legislation. The compassionate, devout population of 848 million Letnemians are prohibited from doing almost everything except voting, which they do timidly and conservatively.

The large, socially-minded government juggles the competing demands of Law & Order, Defense, and Welfare. The average income tax rate is 70.6%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The Letnemian economy, worth 54.3 trillion rubles a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing, Information Technology, and Beef-Based Agriculture. State-owned companies are common. Average income is 64,090 rubles, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The government tries not to listen to the people unless it absolutely has to, police officers that upset their bosses get assigned to 24 hour stakeouts of bike sheds, the military is on a massive recruiting drive in advance of an invasion of Brasilistan, and carpet bombing has decimated Brasilistan's landscape and population. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Letnem's national animal is the lion, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

Letnem is ranked 123,139th in the world and 5,142nd in Lazarus for Largest Furniture Restoration Industry, scoring zero on the Spitz-Pollish Productivity Index.

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5%
Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 5,517thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 7,020thTop
10%
Most Devout: 11,339thLargest Welfare Programs: 14,284thMost Income Equality: 14,893rd
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5%
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 271st in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 326th in the regionTop
10%
Most Income Equality: 449th in the regionMost Devout: 594th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Letnem voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Responsible Land Management".
  • : Following new legislation in Letnem, carpet bombing has decimated Brasilistan's landscape and population.
  • : Letnem endorsed The Dominion of Lazarene Ryccia.
  • : Following new legislation in Letnem, the military is on a massive recruiting drive in advance of an invasion of Brasilistan.
  • : Following new legislation in Letnem, police officers that upset their bosses get assigned to 24 hour stakeouts of bike sheds.
  • : Following new legislation in Letnem, the government tries not to listen to the people unless it absolutely has to.
  • : Letnem was endorsed by The Dominion of Lazarene Ryccia.
  • : Following new legislation in Letnem, foreign nations often blame poverty and terrorism on Letnemian selfishness.
  • : Following new legislation in Letnem, tax-payers are funding ever more extravagant movie projects.
  • : Following new legislation in Letnem, most of the nation's wealthy aristocrats are dentists.

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