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The Oppressed Peoples of Ligon Swamplands

“The Truth Emerges From The Mud” The Beacon of Freedom

Category: Psychotic Dictatorship
Civil Rights:
Outlawed
Economy:
Very Strong
Political Freedoms:
Unheard Of

Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: Osiris

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Ligon Swamplands

Population9.541 billion

CapitalThe Underground Chamber
LeaderThe Beacon of Freedom
FaithTruth

CurrencyReed
AnimalSwamp Dragon

The Oppressed Peoples of Ligon Swamplands is a colossal, orderly nation, ruled by The Beacon of Freedom with an iron fist, and notable for its frequent executions, complete lack of public education, and hatred of cheese. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless, devout population of 9.541 billion Ligon Swamplanders are ruled without fear or favor by a psychotic dictator, who outlaws just about everything and refers to the populace as "my little playthings."

The enormous, corrupt, moralistic, socially-minded, well-organized government prioritizes Defense, although Law & Order, Administration, and Spirituality are also considered important, while Social Policy and Education are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of The Underground Chamber. The average income tax rate is 95.9%.

The very strong Ligon Swamplandsian economy, worth a remarkable 2,082 trillion Reeds 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 an enormous, deeply entrenched, highly specialized black market in Arms Manufacturing, Uranium Mining, Woodchip Exports, and Furniture Restoration. 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 an amazing 218,268 Reeds, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The giant 80-storey carving of The Beacon of Freedom in Mount Rushless can be seen from space, political activists are routinely executed, concert pianists lie about their occupation to avoid ridicule, and exceptionally healthy police officers can sprint after crooks for hours on end. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force. Ligon Swamplands's national animal is the Swamp Dragon, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to toxic air pollution, and its national religion is Truth.

Ligon Swamplands is ranked 222,046th in the world and 8,008th in Osiris for Largest Information Technology Sector, scoring -34.33 on the Fann-Boi Productivity Index.

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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 92ndMost Primitive: 99thMost Ignorant Citizens: 135thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 185thMost Devout: 191stMost Conservative: 454thMost Corrupt Governments: 653rdLargest Black Market: 722ndMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 769thLargest Mining Sector: 1,235thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1,671stTop
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Largest Manufacturing Sector: 2,508thMost Avoided: 2,861stLowest Crime Rates: 2,914thHighest Poor Incomes: 2,985thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 3,621stHighest Average Tax Rates: 3,965thLargest Governments: 4,919thHighest Average Incomes: 4,944thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 5,834thMost Authoritarian: 5,953rdHighest Economic Output: 7,216thBest Weather: 8,306thTop
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Most Stationary: 12,135thMost Influential: 18,041stMost Extreme: 21,478th
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Most Ignorant Citizens: 2nd in the regionMost Primitive: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 5th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 7th in the regionMost Devout: 11th in the regionMost Conservative: 13th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 26th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 32nd in the regionLargest Black Market: 37th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 60th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 62nd in the regionTop
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Largest Manufacturing Sector: 104th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 117th in the regionMost Stationary: 135th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 142nd in the regionMost Avoided: 170th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 186th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 188th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 227th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 227th in the regionLargest Governments: 245th in the regionMost Extreme: 283rd in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 297th in the regionMost Influential: 302nd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 311th in the regionTop
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Best Weather: 403rd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Ligon Swamplands, exceptionally healthy police officers can sprint after crooks for hours on end.
  • : Following new legislation in Ligon Swamplands, concert pianists lie about their occupation to avoid ridicule.
  • : Following new legislation in Ligon Swamplands, political activists are routinely executed.
  • : Following new legislation in Ligon Swamplands, the giant 80-storey carving of The Beacon of Freedom in Mount Rushless can be seen from space.
  • : Following new legislation in Ligon Swamplands, Bigtopian relations have become a minefield.
  • : Following new legislation in Ligon Swamplands, the word 'elite' appears as a synonym for various insults in the Ligon Swamplandsian Colonial Thesaurus.
  • : Following new legislation in Ligon Swamplands, the nation's soldiers sleep four to a bed in order to use space economically.
  • : Following new legislation in Ligon Swamplands, tumbleweeds made of litter adorn city streets.
  • : Following new legislation in Ligon Swamplands, women who can do math in their head are burned for witchcraft.
  • : Following new legislation in Ligon Swamplands, pro-democracy protesters are shot on sight by state police.

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