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Largest Publishing Industry: 2,838th Least Corrupt Governments: 3,053rd Most Cheerful Citizens: 4,740th
The Republic of
Scandinavian Liberal Paradise
Leave us alone.
Regional Influence
Sprat
Region
Civil Rights
Superb
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Excellent

Overview Factbook Dispatches People Government Economy Rank Trend

The Republic of Independent Light Blue is a massive, socially progressive nation, ruled by Elvis with an even hand, and remarkable for its museums and concert halls, punitive income tax rates, and stringent health and safety legislation. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 2.98 billion Independent Light Blueans enjoy extensive civil rights and enjoy a level of social equality free from the usual accompanying government corruption.

The enormous, liberal government juggles the competing demands of Education, Defense, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Hallsburgh. The average income tax rate is 90.4%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Independent Light Bluean economy, worth 339 trillion Gold Pounds a year, is highly specialized and led by the Book Publishing industry, with significant contributions from Tourism and Information Technology. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 113,906 Gold Pounds, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Elvis's mistress is the belle at many state balls, future forecasters fearfully discuss grey goo and human obsolescence, airplane passenger seat sizes and ticket prices are both first-class, and the nation's arms dealers guarantee discretion and untraceable transactions. Crime is totally unknown. Independent Light Blue's national animal is the Moose, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Independent Light Blue is ranked 18,141st in the world and 621st in Balder for Highest Drug Use, scoring 105 on the Pineapple Fondness Rating.

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Largest Publishing Industry: 2,838thLeast Corrupt Governments: 3,053rdMost Cheerful Citizens: 4,740thMost Subsidized Industry: 5,299thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 5,321stMost Developed: 5,712thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 6,173rdLongest Average Lifespans: 6,513thBest Weather: 7,186thMost Beautiful Environments: 7,384thMost Cultured: 7,509thHighest Poor Incomes: 7,804thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 7,909thSafest: 8,317thMost Advanced Public Education: 8,473rdMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 8,678thNicest Citizens: 8,832ndHighest Average Tax Rates: 8,912thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 8,955thTop
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Most Advanced Public Transport: 9,177thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 10,536thNudest: 10,572ndMost Efficient Economies: 10,601stHealthiest Citizens: 10,756thLargest Governments: 10,759thSmartest Citizens: 11,461stMost Compassionate Citizens: 11,481stMost Income Equality: 14,703rdMost Scientifically Advanced: 16,009thMost Extensive Civil Rights: 16,901st
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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 48th in the regionTop
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Largest Publishing Industry: 94th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 111th in the regionMost Developed: 154th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 165th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 185th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 225th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 231st in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 249th in the regionMost Cultured: 254th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 257th in the regionTop
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Most Beautiful Environments: 278th in the regionBest Weather: 283rd in the regionNicest Citizens: 322nd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 325th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 340th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 343rd in the regionNudest: 345th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 392nd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 407th in the regionSafest: 411th in the regionMost Income Equality: 413th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 423rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 425th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 439th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 447th in the regionLargest Governments: 457th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 460th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 468th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Independent Light Blue lodged a message on the Balder Regional Message Board.
  • : Independent Light Blue lodged a message on the Balder Regional Message Board.
  • : Following new legislation in Independent Light Blue, the nation's arms dealers guarantee discretion and untraceable transactions.
  • : Following new legislation in Independent Light Blue, airplane passenger seat sizes and ticket prices are both first-class.
  • : Following new legislation in Independent Light Blue, future forecasters fearfully discuss grey goo and human obsolescence.
  • : Following new legislation in Independent Light Blue, Elvis's mistress is the belle at many state balls.
  • : Following new legislation in Independent Light Blue, marketing departments of corporate giants compete to sponsor little league teams.
  • : Following new legislation in Independent Light Blue, the government has legalised small-scale capitalism.
  • : Following new legislation in Independent Light Blue, calling dibs is an unalienable right.
  • : Following new legislation in Independent Light Blue, the state considers itself the 'third parent' of every child in the nation.

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World Assembly

Endorsements Received: 3 » The Guy States of Confusion, THX1138, and Addled Braintopia.

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