by Max Barry

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The Republic of Letnem

“God and Progress”

Category: Authoritarian Democracy
Civil Rights:
Unheard Of
Political Freedoms:

Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: Lazarus



Population2.09 billion


The Republic of Letnem is a massive, safe nation, renowned for its avowedly heterosexual populace, anti-smoking policies, and stringent health and safety legislation. The compassionate, devout population of 2.09 billion Letnemians are prohibited from doing almost everything except voting, which they do timidly and conservatively.

The large, corrupt, moralistic, socially-minded government juggles the competing demands of Law & Order, Administration, and Education. The average income tax rate is 91.0%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Letnemian economy, worth 273 trillion rubles a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector is led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Tourism, and Book Publishing. Average income is an impressive 130,649 rubles, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Politicians accost strangers in the street to ask their problems, the government is pouring money into 'Operation Enduring Democracy', little children cry as their rainbow drawings are seized by the Straight-Thought Police, and the government is seen to favor traditionalist religions. Crime, especially youth-related, 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 frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Letnem is ranked 7,486th in the world and 422nd in Lazarus for Highest Average Tax Rates, with 90.97 Effective Tax Rate.

Lowest Crime Rates: 4,625thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 4,970thMost Devout: 5,057thSafest: 5,614thHighest Poor Incomes: 6,445thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 6,466thHighest Average Tax Rates: 7,486thLargest Welfare Programs: 7,532ndLongest Average Lifespans: 8,292ndHealthiest Citizens: 9,716thMost Conservative: 9,790thLargest Governments: 9,906thMost Developed: 10,260thTop
Most Pacifist: 10,473rdMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 11,184thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 11,477thMost Influential: 11,543rdMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 11,631stMost Income Equality: 13,845thMost Authoritarian: 14,819thMost Advanced Public Transport: 15,057thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 15,490thNicest Citizens: 15,595thMost Compassionate Citizens: 15,726thMost Scientifically Advanced: 16,223rdLargest Publishing Industry: 16,547thMost Corrupt Governments: 17,075thMost Advanced Public Education: 17,210thLargest Information Technology Sector: 17,804thSmartest Citizens: 17,840thHighest Average Incomes: 18,731stMost Subsidized Industry: 18,886thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 19,400thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 19,434th
Most Devout: 243rd in the regionMost Influential: 256th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 259th in the regionSafest: 299th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 304th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 328th in the regionMost Conservative: 353rd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 356th in the regionMost Income Equality: 365th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 371st in the regionTop
Highest Average Tax Rates: 422nd in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 440th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 442nd in the regionMost Pacifist: 536th in the regionLargest Governments: 540th in the regionMost Developed: 553rd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 555th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 574th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 576th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 631st in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Letnem was endorsed by The Heart of The United Syrian States.
  • : Following new legislation in Letnem, the government is seen to favor traditionalist religions.
  • : Following new legislation in Letnem, little children cry as their rainbow drawings are seized by the Straight-Thought Police.
  • : Following new legislation in Letnem, the government is pouring money into 'Operation Enduring Democracy'.
  • : Letnem was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Conservative.
  • : Following new legislation in Letnem, politicians accost strangers in the street to ask their problems.
  • : Letnem was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector and Most Advanced Defense Forces.
  • : Letnem voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Repeal "Freedom to Seek Medical Care II"".
  • : Following new legislation in Letnem, commuters are denied boarding for attempting to bring packed lunches onto trains.
  • : Following new legislation in Letnem, military spending is on the increase.


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