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Most Efficient Economies: 353rd Least Corrupt Governments: 1,337th Largest Publishing Industry: 1,519th
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Independent Light Blue

Population4.606 billion

CapitalHallsburgh
LeaderElvis

CurrencyGold Pound
AnimalMoose

The Republic of Independent Light Blue is a massive, cultured nation, ruled by Elvis with a fair hand, and notable for its unlimited-speed roads, smutty television, and free-roaming dinosaurs. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 4.606 billion Independent Light Blueans 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, socially-minded, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Education, Environment, and Defense. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Hallsburgh. The average income tax rate is 95.5%.

The frighteningly efficient Independent Light Bluean economy, worth 836 trillion Gold Pounds a year, is highly specialized and led by the Tourism industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Book Publishing, and Arms Manufacturing. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 181,627 Gold Pounds, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Citizens are encouraged to show displeasure with politicians by poking them with sharp metal sticks, genetic research is temporarily tied up in government red tape, the government has cut taxes in the face of widespread tax evasion, and the government is notorious for leaving citizens with almost nothing from their inheritance. 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 3,417th in the world and 88th in Balder for Smartest Citizens, with 130.42 Quips Per Hour.

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Most Efficient Economies: 353rdLeast Corrupt Governments: 1,337thLargest Publishing Industry: 1,519thMost Beautiful Environments: 1,538thLongest Average Lifespans: 1,549thBest Weather: 1,619thTop
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Most Popular Tourist Destinations: 1,883rdHighest Poor Incomes: 1,901stMost Cheerful Citizens: 2,498thMost Inclusive: 2,507thMost Cultured: 2,516thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 2,626thMost Developed: 2,752ndNicest Citizens: 3,270thSmartest Citizens: 3,417thHealthiest Citizens: 3,694thSafest: 3,743rdMost Compassionate Citizens: 3,853rdLargest Governments: 3,892ndMost Scientifically Advanced: 4,022ndMost Subsidized Industry: 4,175thHighest Average Tax Rates: 4,257thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 4,294thMost Advanced Public Transport: 5,022ndMost Advanced Public Education: 5,685thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 5,986thLargest Information Technology Sector: 6,599thHighest Average Incomes: 6,868thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 7,046thMost Influential: 7,394thLargest Welfare Programs: 8,259thTop
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Lowest Crime Rates: 9,983rdHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 13,218thMost Politically Free: 13,848thHighest Economic Output: 14,113thMost Income Equality: 14,359thNudest: 15,084thMost Secular: 15,469th
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Most Efficient Economies: 11th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 19th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 29th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 35th in the regionBest Weather: 37th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 38th in the regionMost Influential: 43rd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 44th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 48th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 49th in the regionTop
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Most Inclusive: 67th in the regionMost Cultured: 72nd in the regionMost Developed: 76th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 79th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 88th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 102nd in the regionNicest Citizens: 112th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 113th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 127th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 133rd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 155th in the regionSafest: 164th in the regionLargest Governments: 166th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 188th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 190th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 215th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 237th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 240th in the regionTop
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Most Advanced Public Transport: 276th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 361st in the regionMost Politically Free: 376th in the regionMost Income Equality: 406th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 415th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 507th in the regionMost Stationary: 509th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Independent Light Blue, the government is notorious for leaving citizens with almost nothing from their inheritance.
  • : Following new legislation in Independent Light Blue, the government has cut taxes in the face of widespread tax evasion.
  • : Following new legislation in Independent Light Blue, genetic research is temporarily tied up in government red tape.
  • : Following new legislation in Independent Light Blue, citizens are encouraged to show displeasure with politicians by poking them with sharp metal sticks.
  • : Following new legislation in Independent Light Blue, stoned tourists don't tend to remember much about their holidays here.
  • : Following new legislation in Independent Light Blue, sheepish teenagers are making eye contact with their parents for the first time in a decade during state-enforced 'no-phones hour'.
  • : Following new legislation in Independent Light Blue, religious terrorism is considered to be an Act of God by insurance companies.
  • : Following new legislation in Independent Light Blue, the new hit series "Independent Light Blue's Got Trauma" has corporate executives fleeing the country.
  • : Following new legislation in Independent Light Blue, Eau de Trashcan has become a wildly popular perfume.
  • : Following new legislation in Independent Light Blue, corporate lawyers are joyfully combing through the new tax code for any new loopholes for their clients.

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