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The Empire of Lugmeltistan

“SCIENCE is the only religion that makes any sense” Lugard Melton

Category: Democratic Socialists
Civil Rights:
Political Freedoms:
Very Good

Regional Influence: Squire

Location: Lazarus



Population8.79 billion

CapitalLugmelt City
LeaderLugard Melton


The Empire of Lugmeltistan is a colossal, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Lugard Melton with an even hand, and remarkable for its zero percent divorce rate, daily referendums, and devotion to social welfare. The compassionate, democratic population of 8.79 billion Lugmeltistanians are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The enormous, socially-minded government juggles the competing demands of Education, Environment, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Lugmelt City. The average income tax rate is 98.1%.

The frighteningly efficient Lugmeltistanian economy, worth a remarkable 1,326 trillion Ardonics a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is highly specialized, is mostly made up of the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Tourism and Book Publishing. Average income is an impressive 150,956 Ardonics, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Motorcycle riders are required to wear so much gear they've been nicknamed "Stay Pufts", flight attendants rip down curtains with revolutionary fervor, students are wary of colorfully decorated new teachers with names like Professor Pipsqueak, and high school boys are required to pass vigorous self-mastery and sensitivity training to graduate. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Lugmeltistan's national animal is the Raven, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

Lugmeltistan is ranked 121,094th in the world and 4,378th in Lazarus for Most Extreme, scoring 15.84 on the Paul-Nader Subjective Decentrality Index.

Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 1,447thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1,578thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1,674thBest Weather: 2,076thMost Valuable International Artwork: 2,089thTop
Most Advanced Public Transport: 2,236thHighest Average Tax Rates: 2,317thSafest: 2,384thMost Beautiful Environments: 2,681stMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 2,698thLongest Average Lifespans: 2,767thLargest Welfare Programs: 3,027thMost Advanced Public Education: 3,352ndMost Pacifist: 3,405thLargest Governments: 3,419thMost Subsidized Industry: 3,493rdLowest Crime Rates: 3,513thHealthiest Citizens: 3,553rdMost Developed: 3,655thMost Compassionate Citizens: 3,780thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 3,932ndMost Influential: 3,988thHighest Poor Incomes: 4,077thNicest Citizens: 4,360thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 4,692ndMost Inclusive: 4,833rdSmartest Citizens: 6,008thMost Scientifically Advanced: 7,085thLeast Corrupt Governments: 8,129thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 8,193rdMost Efficient Economies: 9,002ndLargest Information Technology Sector: 9,095thMost Cultured: 9,811thTop
Most Secular: 11,675thHighest Economic Output: 12,252ndMost Income Equality: 12,720thHighest Average Incomes: 13,231stMost Advanced Defense Forces: 18,381st
Most Valuable International Artwork: 61st in the regionTop
Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 82nd in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 84th in the regionBest Weather: 100th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 106th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 128th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 132nd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 134th in the regionSafest: 134th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 143rd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 150th in the regionMost Influential: 157th in the regionMost Pacifist: 163rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 163rd in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 164th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 167th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 168th in the regionLargest Governments: 173rd in the regionMost Developed: 177th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 181st in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 194th in the regionNicest Citizens: 194th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 208th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 213th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 213th in the regionMost Inclusive: 215th in the regionMost Income Equality: 306th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 310th in the regionTop
Most Scientifically Advanced: 401st in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 463rd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 467th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 510th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 511th in the regionMost Cultured: 556th in the regionMost Secular: 625th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 638th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 763rd in the region

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