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The United Republic of Lieges

“Sousmatisse remout ar'ouais - In all we believe” President Potrus Soustas

Category: New York Times Democracy
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Regional Influence: Apprentice

Location: Europe



Population18.232 billion

LeaderPresident Potrus Soustas


The United Republic of Lieges is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by President Potrus Soustas with a fair hand, and notable for its multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, ubiquitous missile silos, and devotion to social welfare. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 18.232 billion Liègians 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 prioritizes Education, with Environment, Industry, and Healthcare also on the agenda, while Spirituality is ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Ricads. The income tax rate is 100%.

The frighteningly efficient Liegesian economy, worth a remarkable 4,087 trillion Ownuans a year, is highly specialized and mostly made up of the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Tourism and Book Publishing. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an amazing 224,178 Ownuans, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Strip mining of rare earth metals is up while back problems are down, hundreds of subterranean tunnels are being built as part of "Project Morlock", doctors prescribe videos of political debates to patients with insomnia, and throwing garbage out of your house's front window makes it legally someone else's problem. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Lieges's national animal is the Phoenix, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies, and its national religion is Atheism.

Lieges is ranked 1,051st in the world and 25th in Europe for Most Developed, scoring 98.3 on the Human Development Index.

Most Influential: 104thMost Cultured: 834thMost Advanced Public Transport: 848thMost Rebellious Youth: 852ndHighest Average Tax Rates: 953rdHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 982ndMost Developed: 1,051stLargest Governments: 1,132ndMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1,211thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1,218thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1,243rdLongest Average Lifespans: 1,260thMost Advanced Public Education: 1,269thSafest: 1,390thSmartest Citizens: 1,402ndLowest Crime Rates: 1,465thMost Scientifically Advanced: 1,469thMost Beautiful Environments: 1,491stHealthiest Citizens: 1,617thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 1,631stMost Subsidized Industry: 1,777thMost Pacifist: 1,878thHighest Poor Incomes: 2,323rdMost Efficient Economies: 2,388thTop
Largest Information Technology Sector: 2,458thLargest Welfare Programs: 2,822ndNicest Citizens: 2,920thHighest Economic Output: 2,944thMost Cheerful Citizens: 2,951stMost Inclusive: 3,005thMost Compassionate Citizens: 3,118thMost Stationary: 3,862ndHighest Average Incomes: 4,779thBest Weather: 7,256thMost Secular: 8,691stMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 9,186thLargest Populations: 10,005thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 10,205thTop
Largest Publishing Industry: 21,568th
Most Advanced Public Transport: 10th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 11th in the regionMost Stationary: 12th in the regionTop
Most Rebellious Youth: 14th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 16th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 17th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 18th in the regionMost Cultured: 20th in the regionLargest Governments: 21st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 21st in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 21st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 22nd in the regionMost Developed: 25th in the regionSafest: 25th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 26th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 26th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 27th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 30th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 30th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 31st in the regionMost Pacifist: 32nd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 35th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 36th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 36th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 38th in the regionLargest Populations: 40th in the regionMost Influential: 40th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 44th in the regionMost Inclusive: 56th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 57th in the regionNicest Citizens: 58th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 59th in the regionTop
Highest Average Incomes: 73rd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 79th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 80th in the regionNudest: 96th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 107th in the regionMost Secular: 122nd in the region

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