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The Quick Destruction of Lightning Bolt

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Category: Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
Civil Rights:
Below Average
Economy:
Very Strong
Political Freedoms:
Some

Regional Influence: Squire

Location: The Versutian Federation

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Lightning Bolt

Population6.535 billion

CurrencyGold
AnimalElephant

The Quick Destruction of Lightning Bolt is a colossal, efficient nation, renowned for its ban on automobiles, frequent executions, and flagrant waste-dumping. The hard-nosed population of 6.535 billion Lightning Boltians have some civil rights, but not too many, enjoy the freedom to spend their money however they like, to a point, and take part in free and open elections, although not too often.

The medium-sized, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Law & Order, Defense, and Industry. The average income tax rate is 31.6%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The very strong Lightning Boltian economy, worth 492 trillion Golds a year, is fairly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Tourism, Arms Manufacturing, and Woodchip Exports. Black market activity is frequent. State-owned companies are common. Average income is 75,406 Golds, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.5 times as much as the poorest.

Bemused citizens are encouraged to sing foreign-language hymns of religions they have never heard of, the most popular stadium acts are one-off performances, gay couples have to travel to Brancaland to find a church that will actually let them wed, and in a baffling press conference Leader proudly dismantled a broken door. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Lightning Bolt's national animal is the Elephant.

Lightning Bolt is ranked 84,224th in the world and 11th in The Versutian Federation for Most Influential, scoring 181 on the Soft Power Disbursement Rating.

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Largest Black Market: 11,823rdMost Corrupt Governments: 20,779th
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Most Ignorant Citizens: 1st in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Lightning Bolt, in a baffling press conference Leader proudly dismantled a broken door.
  • : Following new legislation in Lightning Bolt, gay couples have to travel to Brancaland to find a church that will actually let them wed.
  • : Following new legislation in Lightning Bolt, the most popular stadium acts are one-off performances.
  • : Following new legislation in Lightning Bolt, bemused citizens are encouraged to sing foreign-language hymns of religions they have never heard of.
  • : Following new legislation in Lightning Bolt, it is not politically correct to suspect that a serially convicted burglar might steal again.
  • : Following new legislation in Lightning Bolt, most Gold coins are riddled with bite marks.
  • : Following new legislation in Lightning Bolt, the state considers itself the 'third parent' of every child in the nation.
  • : Following new legislation in Lightning Bolt, teenage girls worry that they'll be unpopular if their skirts aren't short enough.
  • : Following new legislation in Lightning Bolt, Eau de Trashcan has become a wildly popular perfume.
  • : Following new legislation in Lightning Bolt, the "Underwear of Women in Power" issue of The Lightning Bolt City Times is sold out.

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