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The Republic of Light45

“Card farmin”

Category: Democratic Socialists
Civil Rights:
Some
Economy:
Good
Political Freedoms:
Average

Regional Influence: Vassal

Location: Light Card Farmers

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Light45

Population721 million

Currencybitcoin
Animalswan

The Republic of Light45 is a huge, genial nation, remarkable for its avowedly heterosexual populace, infamous sell-swords, and irreverence towards religion. The compassionate population of 721 million Light45ians are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The medium-sized, socially-minded government juggles the competing demands of Education, Industry, and Administration. The average income tax rate is 35.2%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The Light45ian economy, worth 37.3 trillion bitcoins a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is a slick, highly efficient black market in Information Technology, Woodchip Exports, Door-to-door Insurance Sales, and Uranium Mining. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is 51,735 bitcoins, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

War criminals are given full state funerals, sneezing pedestrians are grabbed by alley-lurking doctors, back-alley circumcision clinics are popping up all over the nation, and little children cry as their rainbow drawings are seized by the Straight-Thought Police. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Light45's national animal is the swan, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

Light45 is ranked 133,040th in the world and 36th in Light Card Farmers for Lowest Overall Tax Burden, scoring 53.87 on the Hayek Index.

Top
10%
Most Rebellious Youth: 16,862ndMost Avoided: 17,410thMost Income Equality: 19,032nd
Top
1%
Most Rebellious Youth: 1st in the regionTop
5%
Most Income Equality: 3rd in the regionMost Avoided: 3rd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 5th in the regionTop
10%
Most Scientifically Advanced: 6th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 7th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 8th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Light45, little children cry as their rainbow drawings are seized by the Straight-Thought Police.
  • : Following new legislation in Light45, back-alley circumcision clinics are popping up all over the nation.
  • : Following new legislation in Light45, sneezing pedestrians are grabbed by alley-lurking doctors.
  • : Following new legislation in Light45, war criminals are given full state funerals.
  • : Following new legislation in Light45, fancy dress parties are raided by military police for new recruits.
  • : Following new legislation in Light45, Merry Birthday is a popular protest song despite the risk of fines and royalty dues.
  • : Following new legislation in Light45, the government is a clear-cut case of tyranny by majority.
  • : Light45 was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Avoided.
  • : Following new legislation in Light45, every worker receives exactly the same pay regardless of productivity.
  • : Following new legislation in Light45, serial killers who are released early distribute death but not their seed.

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