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The Socialist Union of Republic Popular of Lorien

“Que a classe governante trema diante da Revolução” Helena Iz Zheleza

Category: Left-wing Utopia
Civil Rights:
Excellent
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Excellent

Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: Novo Brasil

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Republic Popular of Lorien

Population11.604 billion

CapitalLebreville
LeaderHelena Iz Zheleza

CurrencyLors
AnimalWolf

The Socialist Union of Republic Popular of Lorien is a gargantuan, socially progressive nation, ruled by Helena Iz Zheleza with a fair hand, and notable for its museums and concert halls, punitive income tax rates, and devotion to social welfare. The compassionate, democratic population of 11.604 billion Lorianoes are free to do what they want with their own bodies, and vote for whomever they like in elections; if they go into business, however, they are regulated to within an inch of their lives.

The enormous, socially-minded government juggles the competing demands of Education, Defense, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Lebreville. The income tax rate is 100%.

The frighteningly efficient Republic Popular of Lorienian economy, worth a remarkable 2,722 trillion Lors a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is quite specialized, is dominated by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Tourism, Book Publishing, and Arms Manufacturing. Average income is an amazing 234,595 Lors, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Country folk are sent to obligatory boarding schools to learn how to be civilized, third world countries are rich in "I Love Lebreville" t-shirts, children are disappointed to learn that cavemen never had a yabba-dabba-doo time riding dinosaurs to work, and citizens are deployed to barren deserts to protect small territorial claims. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Republic Popular of Lorien's national animal is the Wolf, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Republic Popular of Lorien is ranked 50,879th in the world and 16th in Novo Brasil for Most Politically Free, scoring 73.9 on the Diebold Election Inking Scale.

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Most Developed: 631stMost Subsidized Industry: 710thLongest Average Lifespans: 726thHighest Average Tax Rates: 729thSafest: 754thHealthiest Citizens: 841stHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 843rdLowest Crime Rates: 851stLargest Governments: 910thMost Inclusive: 951stHighest Poor Incomes: 1,031stMost Efficient Economies: 1,048thMost Advanced Public Transport: 1,154thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1,230thMost Advanced Public Education: 1,269thMost Compassionate Citizens: 1,269thSmartest Citizens: 1,348thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 1,391stMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1,532ndNicest Citizens: 1,556thLargest Welfare Programs: 1,651stMost Cultured: 1,771stMost Scientifically Advanced: 2,001stTop
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Largest Information Technology Sector: 2,737thMost Beautiful Environments: 3,065thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 3,118thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 3,366thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 3,701stHighest Average Incomes: 4,055thBest Weather: 4,379thLeast Corrupt Governments: 4,466thHighest Economic Output: 4,906thLargest Publishing Industry: 5,993rdMost Cheerful Citizens: 8,641stMost Secular: 10,199thTop
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Most Income Equality: 12,459thMost Armed: 13,292nd
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Most Inclusive: 1st in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1st in the regionSafest: 1st in the regionLargest Governments: 1st in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Developed: 1st in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 1st in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 1st in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1st in the regionMost Income Equality: 2nd in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 2nd in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 2nd in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 2nd in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 2nd in the regionTop
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Nicest Citizens: 3rd in the regionBest Weather: 3rd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 3rd in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 3rd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 3rd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 3rd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 3rd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 3rd in the regionMost Cultured: 4th in the regionLargest Populations: 5th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 5th in the region

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