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The United Republic of Liszteria

“Freedom and Justice, the great wings of Progress”

Category: Democratic Socialists
Civil Rights:
Average
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Average

Regional Influence: Instigator

Location: Novo Brasil

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Liszteria

Population3.962 billion

CapitalPrada
LeaderPresident Lane Reid

Currencyliztra
AnimalHarpy Eagle

The United Republic of Liszteria is a massive, cultured nation, ruled by President Lane Reid with an even hand, and remarkable for its frequent executions, infamous sell-swords, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, humorless population of 3.962 billion Liszterians are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The tiny, corrupt, socially-minded government juggles the competing demands of Industry, Defense, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Prada. The average income tax rate is 2.7%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Liszterian economy, worth a remarkable 1,541 trillion liztras 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 large, well-organized, broadly diversified black market in Information Technology, Arms Manufacturing, Tourism, and Retail. 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 389,057 liztras, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The banshee wail foretells skies of death, emigrants arrive on foreign shores with nothing but pocket sand, billions of liztras are being blown on orbital weapons development, and colonial subjects have Liszterian culture shoved down their throats. Crime, especially youth-related, is all-pervasive, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. Liszteria's national animal is the Harpy Eagle, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

Liszteria is ranked 1,518th in the world and 14th in Novo Brasil for Largest Retail Industry, scoring 25,890.04 on the Shrinkwrap Consignment Productivity Index.

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Most Scientifically Advanced: 128thLargest Information Technology Sector: 248thHighest Poor Incomes: 261stHighest Disposable Incomes: 278thMost Armed: 355thHighest Average Incomes: 631stLargest Soda Pop Sector: 719thSmartest Citizens: 784thLargest Insurance Industry: 868thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 898thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 950thHighest Crime Rates: 954thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 1,499thLargest Retail Industry: 1,518thTop
5%
Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 1,737thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1,801stLargest Agricultural Sector: 1,877thRudest Citizens: 1,981stMost Rebellious Youth: 2,209thMost Influential: 2,349thLargest Black Market: 2,464thMost Subsidized Industry: 2,708thFattest Citizens: 3,188thLargest Publishing Industry: 3,230thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 4,761stMost Developed: 4,775thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 5,147thLargest Governments: 5,316thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 5,551stMost Secular: 5,834thMost Cultured: 7,792ndTop
10%
Most Advanced Defense Forces: 7,939thMost Corrupt Governments: 8,014thHighest Economic Output: 8,535thMost Efficient Economies: 8,694thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 9,189thMost Advanced Public Education: 10,739thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 12,993rd
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5%
Highest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 1st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Influential: 2nd in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 2nd in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 2nd in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 2nd in the regionMost Armed: 2nd in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 2nd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 2nd in the regionTop
10%
Most Rebellious Youth: 4th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 4th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 4th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 4th in the regionLargest Black Market: 5th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 5th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Liszteria, colonial subjects have Liszterian culture shoved down their throats.
  • : Following new legislation in Liszteria, billions of liztras are being blown on orbital weapons development.
  • : Following new legislation in Liszteria, emigrants arrive on foreign shores with nothing but pocket sand.
  • : Following new legislation in Liszteria, the banshee wail foretells skies of death.
  • : Following new legislation in Liszteria, there is a dearth of space for new houses.
  • : Following new legislation in Liszteria, a blood-red mark on the doorframe means a building must be passed over for destruction.
  • : Following new legislation in Liszteria, flash floods that dams could have controlled regularly ravage small towns in mountain valleys.
  • : Following new legislation in Liszteria, 90% of active duty LAF personnel have been laid off and replaced by robot kill-drones.
  • : Following new legislation in Liszteria, exam halls are littered with used needles and empty pill bottles.
  • : Following new legislation in Liszteria, the mining industry is making inroads into environmentally sensitive areas.

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