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The Free Land of Loechia

“Yeah sure do whatever” Shrimpy DeShrimp

Category: Civil Rights Lovefest
Civil Rights:
Superb
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Superb

Regional Influence: Page

Location: the South Pacific

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Loechia

Population8.639 billion

CapitalLoechia City
LeaderShrimpy DeShrimp

CurrencyNova
AnimalLoechian Bloodhound

The Free Land of Loechia is a colossal, cultured nation, ruled by Shrimpy DeShrimp with a fair hand, and notable for its deadly medical pandemics, free-roaming dinosaurs, and keen interest in outer space. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic population of 8.639 billion Loechians hold their civil and political rights very dear, although the wealthy and those in business tend to be viewed with suspicion.

The relatively small, liberal government juggles the competing demands of Education, Industry, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Loechia City. The average income tax rate is 47.4%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Loechian economy, worth a remarkable 1,333 trillion Novas a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Tourism industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology, Book Publishing, and Retail. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 154,412 Novas, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.9 times as much as the poorest.

Televangelists flaunt their expensive cars when they attend charity events, politicians always seem to take two steps forward then three steps back, workers of "fairweather faith" claim six months of paid leave for holy days per year, and war vets look after war animals. Crime is totally unknown. Loechia's national animal is the Loechian Bloodhound, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Loechia is ranked 105,195th in the world and 4,309th in the South Pacific for Largest Basket Weaving Sector, scoring 1,479.47 on the Hickory Productivity Index.

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Most Influential: 2,351stMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2,539thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 3,986thRudest Citizens: 4,622ndMost Cheerful Citizens: 5,518thMost Cultured: 6,646thLargest Publishing Industry: 8,012thLargest Retail Industry: 9,330thNudest: 9,991stMost Scientifically Advanced: 10,163rdTop
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Most Efficient Economies: 10,458thHighest Disposable Incomes: 10,464thSmartest Citizens: 10,469thMost Rebellious Youth: 11,145thHighest Economic Output: 12,194thMost Stationary: 12,489thHighest Average Incomes: 12,516thHighest Poor Incomes: 12,566thMost Beautiful Environments: 13,047thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 13,927thLargest Information Technology Sector: 13,992ndHighest Drug Use: 14,300thMost Developed: 14,403rdMost Inclusive: 15,391stLargest Cheese Export Sector: 16,794thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 17,392ndMost Subsidized Industry: 17,518thMost Advanced Public Education: 18,138thLargest Mining Sector: 19,982nd
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Largest Soda Pop Sector: 102nd in the regionRudest Citizens: 148th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 159th in the regionMost Cultured: 188th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 196th in the regionMost Stationary: 223rd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 225th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 242nd in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 277th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 278th in the regionMost Influential: 279th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 280th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 283rd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 298th in the regionNudest: 315th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 316th in the regionLargest Populations: 320th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 328th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 391st in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 398th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 399th in the regionTop
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Largest Information Technology Sector: 419th in the regionMost Developed: 420th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 433rd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 495th in the regionMost Inclusive: 543rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 550th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 601st in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 610th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 628th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 632nd in the regionLargest Governments: 648th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 693rd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 698th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 764th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 810th in the region

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