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The Armed Republic of Lingord

“Extremis Malis, Extrema Remedia”

Category: Scandinavian Liberal Paradise
Civil Rights:
Superb
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Below Average

Regional Influence: Squire

Location: Lazarus

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Lingord

Population3.594 billion

CurrencyDollar
AnimalLingordian Breegull

The Armed Republic of Lingord is a massive, genial nation, renowned for its daily referendums, national health service, and absence of drug laws. The compassionate population of 3.594 billion Lingordians enjoy extensive civil rights and enjoy a level of social equality free from the usual accompanying government corruption.

The large, liberal government juggles the competing demands of Education, Healthcare, and Administration. The average income tax rate is 71.3%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Lingordian economy, worth 375 trillion Dollars a year, is quite specialized and led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Tourism, Arms Manufacturing, and Book Publishing. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 104,481 Dollars, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

People often feel unbalanced by their daily commute, the general public only knows their favorite politician's first name, religious epiphanies are often cited as a reason for high school drop-outs, and libraries are replacing history books and classic novels with technical manuals and trades directories to match the nation's changing demands. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Lingord's national animal is the Lingordian Breegull, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

Lingord is ranked 16,857th in the world and 940th in Lazarus for Highest Foreign Aid Spending, scoring 1,310.48 on the Clooney Contribution Index.

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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 3,411thMost Influential: 3,694thMost Compassionate Citizens: 5,821stNicest Citizens: 5,848thMost Cheerful Citizens: 7,372ndHealthiest Citizens: 8,973rdLongest Average Lifespans: 10,105thLargest Publishing Industry: 10,627thMost Inclusive: 11,030thTop
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Most Valuable International Artwork: 11,558thLargest Welfare Programs: 11,875thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 12,246thLargest Information Technology Sector: 13,911thMost Developed: 14,176thLowest Crime Rates: 14,353rdBest Weather: 14,759thHighest Poor Incomes: 15,547thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 15,738thMost Scientifically Advanced: 16,051stSmartest Citizens: 16,308thMost Advanced Public Education: 16,831stHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 16,857thMost Secular: 17,047thMost Cultured: 19,105thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 21,408thMost Beautiful Environments: 22,233rdMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 22,645th
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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 98th in the regionMost Influential: 109th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 262nd in the regionNicest Citizens: 265th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 384th in the regionTop
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Most Valuable International Artwork: 448th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 522nd in the regionMost Stationary: 567th in the regionMost Inclusive: 568th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 570th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 579th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 655th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 660th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 763rd in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 807th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 810th in the regionBest Weather: 817th in the regionMost Developed: 825th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 826th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 837th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Lingord, libraries are replacing history books and classic novels with technical manuals and trades directories to match the nation's changing demands.
  • : Following new legislation in Lingord, religious epiphanies are often cited as a reason for high school drop-outs.
  • : Following new legislation in Lingord, the general public only knows their favorite politician's first name.
  • : Following new legislation in Lingord, people often feel unbalanced by their daily commute.
  • : Following new legislation in Lingord, coffee-addicted citizens look forward to baristas getting their name wrong at local coffee shops.
  • : Following new legislation in Lingord, major boxing matches are held in government buildings.
  • : Following new legislation in Lingord, a soldier's body is a temple.
  • : Lingord was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Safest and Most Eco-Friendly Governments.
  • : Lingord was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Publishing Industry.
  • : Following new legislation in Lingord, antique comic book collectors are disappointed to hear that their treasures are worth exactly as little as their mothers said they were.

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