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The Democratic States of The Lesser Plains

“Small in State, Large in Heart”

Category: Left-wing Utopia
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Regional Influence: Hegemony

Location: Chalyiaa


The Lesser Plains

Population450 million



The Democratic States of The Lesser Plains is a huge, genial nation, remarkable for its ban on automobiles, irreverence towards religion, and devotion to social welfare. The compassionate, democratic population of 450 million Lesser Plainsians 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 large, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Welfare, Education, and Law & Order. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Elkridge. The average income tax rate is 45.3%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The sizeable but underdeveloped Lesser Plainsian economy, worth 15.3 trillion dollars a year, is quite specialized and led by the Tourism industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Book Publishing, and Basket Weaving. State-owned companies are common. Average income is 34,105 dollars, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The media have begun calling the government treasury "Leader's stash", 'Mountain Doobie' is widely regarded as the nation's favourite drink, five-year-olds chanting "Little Miss Muffet" are accused of bullying arachnophobes, and Mr Happy's Funland has just been named The Lesser Plains's new capital. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. The Lesser Plains's national animal is the bison, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

The Lesser Plains is ranked 39,940th in the world and 1st in Chalyiaa for Largest Welfare Programs, scoring 1,925.77 on the Safety Net Mesh Density Rating.

Most Politically Free: 12,771st

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