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The Kingdom of San Lumen


Category: New York Times Democracy
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Regional Influence: Superpower

Location: Mediterranean


San Lumen

Population25.912 billion

LeaderKing Jason Hohenzollern

AnimalMute Swan

The Kingdom of San Lumen is a gargantuan, socially progressive nation, ruled by King Jason Hohenzollern with a fair hand, and notable for its sprawling nuclear power plants, keen interest in outer space, and smutty television. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful, devout population of 25.912 billion San Lumenese enjoy a sensible mix of personal and economic freedoms, while the political process is open and the people's right to vote held sacrosanct.

The large, corrupt, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Education, and Environment. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Bucharest. The average income tax rate is 90.4%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient San Lumenian economy, worth a remarkable 4,846 trillion Giselles a year, is quite specialized and mostly made up of the Tourism industry, with major contributions from Book Publishing. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 187,025 Giselles, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

No one born in San Lumen can fix a leaky faucet, space has been brought down to earth with constellations of cancer cases across San Lumen, nobody looks each other in the eye at neighborhood block parties any more, and armed war-criminals gain asylum if deemed 'fabulous' enough. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. San Lumen's national animal is the Mute Swan, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

San Lumen is ranked 3,759th in the world and 1st in Mediterranean for Most Developed, scoring 95.46 on the Human Development Index.

Largest Publishing Industry: 245thMost Compassionate Citizens: 381stNicest Citizens: 428thMost Rebellious Youth: 466thBest Weather: 615thMost Beautiful Environments: 1,072ndMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1,136thHealthiest Citizens: 1,274thMost Cheerful Citizens: 1,378thMost Cultured: 1,674thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 2,022ndHighest Economic Output: 2,177thLongest Average Lifespans: 2,402ndTop
Most Efficient Economies: 2,565thMost Devout: 2,591stMost Advanced Defense Forces: 2,722ndMost Advanced Public Education: 3,050thMost Developed: 3,759thLargest Populations: 3,820thSmartest Citizens: 3,928thMost Influential: 4,224thHighest Poor Incomes: 4,373rdLargest Governments: 5,109thSafest: 5,288thMost Advanced Public Transport: 5,676thMost Pacifist: 6,613thMost Inclusive: 7,026thHighest Average Incomes: 8,150thLowest Crime Rates: 8,466thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 8,954thHighest Average Tax Rates: 9,181stMost Stationary: 10,080thMost Subsidized Industry: 10,895thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 11,172nd
Largest Governments: 1st in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 1st in the regionNicest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1st in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 1st in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 1st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 1st in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1st in the regionLargest Populations: 1st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 1st in the regionBest Weather: 1st in the regionMost Developed: 1st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 1st in the regionMost Devout: 1st in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 1st in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Cultured: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 1st in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 1st in the regionMost Influential: 1st in the regionTop
Most Stationary: 2nd in the regionMost Pacifist: 2nd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 2nd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 2nd in the regionMost Politically Free: 3rd in the regionMost Inclusive: 3rd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 3rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 3rd in the regionSafest: 3rd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 3rd in the region

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