by Max Barry

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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 1,266thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1,978thMost Pacifist: 1,984th
The People's Republic of
New York Times Democracy
Facio liberos ex liberis libris libraque!
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

Overview Factbook Policies People Government Economy Rank Trend Cards


Population11.454 billion

CapitalCrystal Cove
LeaderChief Executive Penelope Goldwood


The People's Republic of Layvia is a gargantuan, socially progressive nation, ruled by Chief Executive Penelope Goldwood with a fair hand, and notable for its smutty television, multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, and ban on automobiles. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 11.454 billion Layvians 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 enormous government juggles the competing demands of Education, Environment, and Welfare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Crystal Cove. The average income tax rate is 96.4%.

The frighteningly efficient Layvian economy, worth a remarkable 1,696 trillion Cryslips a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is highly specialized, is mostly made up of the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Tourism and Book Publishing. Average income is an impressive 148,091 Cryslips, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Only clowns with PhDs from clown college can advise Chief Executive Penelope Goldwood on Layvia's coulrophobia epidemic, a new "thought police" branch is being developed, if a tree falls in the forest and nobody is there to hear it... Layvian satellites can detect it, and a shipwreck is everyone's fault but the captain's. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Layvia's national animal is the Owl, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

Layvia is ranked 128,450th in the world and 5,450th in Lazarus for Largest Black Market, with 236 billion Standard Monetary Units.

Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 1,266thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1,978thMost Pacifist: 1,984thMost Advanced Public Transport: 2,305thLargest Welfare Programs: 2,350thTop
Most Cheerful Citizens: 2,914thMost Rebellious Youth: 2,953rdHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 3,071stHighest Average Tax Rates: 3,579thMost Advanced Public Education: 3,601stNicest Citizens: 3,682ndSafest: 3,955thMost Developed: 4,018thMost Compassionate Citizens: 4,044thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 4,605thMost Cultured: 4,863rdMost Inclusive: 4,902ndLargest Governments: 4,905thMost Beautiful Environments: 5,042ndLargest Information Technology Sector: 5,200thSmartest Citizens: 5,269thLongest Average Lifespans: 6,010thMost Subsidized Industry: 6,648thLowest Crime Rates: 6,677thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 6,806thHealthiest Citizens: 7,165thHighest Poor Incomes: 8,816thLeast Corrupt Governments: 9,500thBest Weather: 9,543rdMost Scientifically Advanced: 9,861stHighest Economic Output: 9,967thMost Valuable International Artwork: 10,737thTop
Most Efficient Economies: 13,418thHighest Average Incomes: 14,458thMost Secular: 18,185thLargest Publishing Industry: 19,351st
Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 64th in the regionTop
Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 86th in the regionMost Pacifist: 88th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 100th in the regionNicest Citizens: 137th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 138th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 141st in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 150th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 152nd in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 155th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 163rd in the regionMost Developed: 176th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 178th in the regionMost Inclusive: 192nd in the regionSafest: 199th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 208th in the regionMost Cultured: 234th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 239th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 239th in the regionLargest Governments: 241st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 264th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 275th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 288th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 324th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 365th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 376th in the regionTop
Most Valuable International Artwork: 427th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 452nd in the regionBest Weather: 478th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 496th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 527th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 559th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 611th in the regionNudest: 660th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 726th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 773rd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Layvia's influence in Lazarus rose from "Zero" to "Unproven".
  • : Layvia was refounded in Lazarus.
  • : Layvia ceased to exist in Osiris.
  • : Layvia's influence in Osiris rose from "Hatchling" to "Newcomer".
  • : Layvia was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Largest Welfare Programs.
  • : Layvia's influence in Osiris rose from "Unproven" to "Hatchling".
  • : Layvia's influence in Osiris rose from "Zero" to "Unproven".
  • : Layvia was refounded in Osiris.
  • : Layvia ceased to exist in The Western Isles.
  • : Layvia was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Largest Welfare Programs.


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