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The Federation of Lowsten

“In guns we trust, unless persuaded otherwise.”

Category: Anarchy
Civil Rights:
Excellent
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Excellent

Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: the Rejected Realms

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Lowsten

Population19.849 billion

CapitalHi Vue
LeaderPresident James Spanier
FaithZunism

CurrencyLowsten Credit
AnimalPenguin

The Federation of Lowsten is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by President James Spanier with a fair hand, and remarkable for its deadly medical pandemics, parental licensing program, and devotion to social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, humorless population of 19.849 billion Lowstenians live in a state of perpetual fear, as a complete breakdown of social order has led to the rise of order through biker gangs.

The tiny, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Industry, and Law & Order. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Hi Vue. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Lowstenian economy, worth an astonishing 10,002 trillion Lowsten Credits a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Uranium Mining, and Soda Sales. Black market activity is notable. Average income is a breathtaking 503,954 Lowsten Credits, with the richest citizens earning 5.9 times as much as the poorest.

Gossip magazines have pictures of President James Spanier sunbathing on the beach with political rivals, sales of trenchcoats are on the rise, paranoid museum guards keep a lookout for any animated displays attempting to escape the premises after dark, and a the Rejected Realms Tourist Association survey has rated Lowsten #1 for number twos. Crime is totally unknown. Lowsten's national animal is the Penguin, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Zunism.

Lowsten is ranked 954th in the world and 41st in the Rejected Realms for Largest Gambling Industry, scoring 20,473.49 on the Kelly Criterion Productivity Index.

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Highest Disposable Incomes: 116thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 154thLargest Insurance Industry: 157thMost Efficient Economies: 219thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 221stLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 223rdLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 230thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 237thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 290thHighest Average Incomes: 297thFattest Citizens: 347thLargest Mining Sector: 370thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 400thHighest Economic Output: 442ndLargest Manufacturing Sector: 604thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 709thMost Avoided: 712thLargest Agricultural Sector: 943rdLargest Gambling Industry: 954thMost Scientifically Advanced: 1,074thRudest Citizens: 1,175thLargest Governments: 1,298thMost Corrupt Governments: 1,384thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1,592ndHighest Poor Incomes: 1,659thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1,715thMost Subsidized Industry: 1,737thLargest Retail Industry: 1,778thLargest Publishing Industry: 1,823rdSmartest Citizens: 1,844thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1,980thTop
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Most Advanced Defense Forces: 3,150thLowest Crime Rates: 4,398thLargest Information Technology Sector: 4,779thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 5,235thLargest Black Market: 5,307thMost Valuable International Artwork: 6,608thLargest Populations: 6,668thMost Cultured: 7,961stMost Armed: 8,312thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 9,391stTop
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Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 15,167thMost Secular: 15,908thMost Advanced Public Transport: 16,815thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 17,659thHighest Drug Use: 21,033rdMost Influential: 21,069th
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Largest Cheese Export Sector: 4th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 4th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 6th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 6th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 6th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 8th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 8th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 10th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 11th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 13th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 15th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 16th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 16th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 17th in the regionFattest Citizens: 22nd in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 28th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 29th in the regionMost Avoided: 29th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 34th in the regionLargest Governments: 36th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 38th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 41st in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 41st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 45th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 48th in the regionRudest Citizens: 48th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 51st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 54th in the regionTop
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Largest Retail Industry: 64th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 75th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 85th in the regionLargest Populations: 105th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 116th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 119th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 122nd in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 152nd in the regionMost Cultured: 186th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 223rd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 229th in the regionMost Armed: 243rd in the regionHighest Drug Use: 257th in the regionLargest Black Market: 260th in the regionTop
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Most Influential: 356th in the regionMost Secular: 479th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 490th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 513th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 632nd in the region

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