by Max Barry

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The Most Serene Republic of Lightmare

“Our destiny is set.”

Category: Libertarian Police State
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Location: the South Pacific



Population2.785 billion

FaithThe Society Of Light

AnimalHappy Squirrel

The Most Serene Republic of Lightmare is a massive, orderly nation, ruled by Sartorius with an iron fist, and notable for its museums and concert halls, keen interest in outer space, and punitive income tax rates. The compassionate, cynical, cheerful population of 2.785 billion Lightmareans are proud of their wide-ranging civil freedoms, and those who aren't tend to be dragged off the streets by men in dark suits and hustled into cars with tinted windows.

The medium-sized, corrupt, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Education, Industry, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Tarot. The average income tax rate is 88.7%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Lightmarean economy, worth 477 trillion Arcanas a year, is quite specialized and dominated by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Tourism and Book Publishing. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 171,338 Arcanas, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.0 times as much as the poorest.

Suppression of pro-democracy protests is a daily occurrence, artists attempt to convince the Hardship Fund that their unmade bed is a masterpiece, the Supreme Court vehemently protects civil rights and the right to privacy, and sullen teenagers in bright orange 'community payback' onesies can be seen picking litter at the roadside. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Lightmare's national animal is the Happy Squirrel, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is The Society Of Light.

Lightmare is ranked 125,549th in the world and 4,760th in the South Pacific for Most Politically Free, scoring 17.57 on the Diebold Election Inking Scale.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 1,409thTop
Largest Information Technology Sector: 1,635thMost Influential: 1,934thMost Compassionate Citizens: 1,987thNicest Citizens: 2,007thMost Inclusive: 2,128thMost Scientifically Advanced: 2,423rdMost Cheerful Citizens: 2,589thMost Pacifist: 2,795thMost Cultured: 3,286thLongest Average Lifespans: 3,648thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 3,761stHealthiest Citizens: 3,764thMost Developed: 3,965thBest Weather: 4,797thMost Beautiful Environments: 4,869thSmartest Citizens: 5,115thLowest Crime Rates: 5,470thHighest Poor Incomes: 5,803rdMost Subsidized Industry: 7,211thLargest Publishing Industry: 7,382ndTop
Largest Governments: 7,805thHighest Average Tax Rates: 8,512thHighest Average Incomes: 8,694thMost Advanced Public Education: 9,484thMost Efficient Economies: 9,655thMost Advanced Public Transport: 11,229thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 11,570thLargest Welfare Programs: 11,857thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 11,882ndMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 13,146thSafest: 14,459thMost Rebellious Youth: 14,839th
Largest Information Technology Sector: 56th in the regionTop
Nicest Citizens: 64th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 64th in the regionMost Inclusive: 72nd in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 75th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 86th in the regionMost Cultured: 92nd in the regionMost Pacifist: 100th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 116th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 118th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 120th in the regionMost Developed: 128th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 144th in the regionBest Weather: 150th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 150th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 150th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 160th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 167th in the regionMost Influential: 187th in the regionLargest Governments: 190th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 201st in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 208th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 217th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 226th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 227th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 243rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 266th in the regionTop
Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 303rd in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 320th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 339th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 362nd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 377th in the regionNudest: 405th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 408th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 461st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 480th in the regionSafest: 558th in the regionMost Stationary: 564th in the region

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Endorsements Received: 114 » Erinor, Pencil Sharpeners 2, The Solar System Scope, Jehenna, Tsunamy, Farengeto, Kringalia, Centristvill, Luddinlande, Aidenfieeld, Darakin, Hanguk-Nippon, Quiescent, Sandaoguo, Tsvetania, Wyatonians, Rebel-topia, The naked people, Antarctic Empires, Lambdaland, Escevola, Linguiniland, Aywhyou, La Ascension, Moreana, Poopisiya, Volaworand, Paranoia, Sedunn, Calistan, Techganet, 073 039 109 032 080 111 112 112 121, Yellunstryer, Concrete Slab, Fighting Kawi Ninja, Rhetiaa, Ridehale, Drugged Monkeys, Saciu, New Briantown, Jaxon, Aguatania, Great Andora, Aumeltopia, Beepee, The Derpy Democratic Republic Of Herp, UnShleepd, Silberne Wache, Lester Crest, The National Corporation, and 64 others.Barabarom, Towi Lamia, Isokenzar, Anachronolandia, USNE2018, Elveka, Spearos, A Frog Dimension, Xandev, Myr Nyr, Kandorith, Auphelia, Aurcania, The Libertarian Nation of Songrandine, Qvait, Birdkeeper, Nankyoku Tairiku, Ariankido, Akindom, Federated Kingdoms of Brittania, Stoniamera, Academy of Umbrellas, Wehraboos, Ostanasia, Choodox, Dasko, Nowa Europa, The Filippinas, Qawe, Churumduul, New Juan Carlos Land, Staubsaugen, Milvands, Agalaesia, Mew Nation, Amerion, Wild Space, Great Africans, Lakalvesoman, Phanama, P R of China, United Federated States of Omega, Bear Connors Paradiso, Negoshi, World United, Rabbitz, The Sk8ing Unicorn, Pays de Loire, Srevana, BootJack, Ave Gloriana, Kuddles, Drystar, Upper Tyrconnel, Maeiland, South Whitica, Imperial Duck, Ketathinamiri Islands, Higash, Land Without Shrimp, Solega, IkJan, Ruvonia, and Soviet States of Latin America.

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