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Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 276thMost Advanced Public Transport: 320thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 533rd
The Democratic Republic of
New York Times Democracy
I pick things up, I put them down
Civil Rights
Very Good
Political Freedom

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Population19.428 billion

CapitalZweites Kuh
LeaderLady D

AnimalSea Otter

The Democratic Republic of Lebenlauf is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by Lady D with a fair hand, and renowned for its compulsory military service, smutty television, and restrictive gun laws. The compassionate, hard-working, democratic, cheerful population of 19.428 billion Lebenlaufians 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 government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked morass — juggles the competing demands of Education, Environment, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Zweites Kuh. The average income tax rate is 99.7%.

The all-consuming Lebenlaufian economy, worth a remarkable 3,167 trillion Platinums a year, is highly specialized and mostly made up of the Book Publishing industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology and Gambling. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 163,051 Platinums, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

A favorite "life hack" for gap year backpackers is to pretend to be homeless for government handouts, the government only invests in infrastructure after a natural disaster, autocrats are persona non grata, and the optimally efficient parking strategy for business commuters is referred to as the "traveling salesman problem". Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Lebenlauf's national animal is the Sea Otter, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Lebenlauf is ranked 628th in the world and 31st in Lazarus for Safest, scoring 167.66 on the Bubble-Rapp Safety Rating.

Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 276thMost Advanced Public Transport: 320thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 533rdSafest: 628thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 798thMost Advanced Public Education: 858thHighest Average Tax Rates: 1,118thLongest Average Lifespans: 1,164thMost Cheerful Citizens: 1,231stHealthiest Citizens: 1,334thLowest Crime Rates: 1,336thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1,437thLeast Corrupt Governments: 1,555thMost Beautiful Environments: 1,618thLargest Governments: 1,730thLargest Welfare Programs: 1,749thBest Weather: 1,764thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 1,802ndMost Pacifist: 1,809thMost Cultured: 1,996thTop
Smartest Citizens: 2,544thHighest Food Quality: 3,038thLargest Publishing Industry: 3,727thHighest Economic Output: 4,805thMost Developed: 5,364thNicest Citizens: 6,570thHighest Poor Incomes: 7,130thLargest Populations: 9,369thMost Inclusive: 10,323rdHighest Average Incomes: 11,540thTop
Most Compassionate Citizens: 12,595thMost Subsidized Industry: 14,575thMost Scientifically Advanced: 16,119thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 19,238thMost Valuable International Artwork: 19,586thMost Patriotic: 24,199th
Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 9th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 13th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 18th in the regionSafest: 31st in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 34th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 38th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 50th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 51st in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 51st in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 54th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 60th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 61st in the regionBest Weather: 64th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 69th in the regionMost Pacifist: 71st in the regionLargest Governments: 76th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 77th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 81st in the regionMost Cultured: 91st in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 105th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 107th in the regionTop
Highest Food Quality: 125th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 151st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 237th in the regionMost Developed: 249th in the regionLargest Populations: 260th in the regionNicest Citizens: 302nd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 348th in the regionTop
Most Inclusive: 552nd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 586th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 615th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 668th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 671st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 964th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 1,008th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Lebenlauf's influence in Lazarus rose from "Unproven" to "Hatchling".
  • : Lebenlauf was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Patriotic.
  • : Lebenlauf's influence in Lazarus rose from "Zero" to "Unproven".
  • : Lebenlauf was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Highest Average Incomes.
  • : Lebenlauf was refounded in Lazarus.
  • : Lebenlauf ceased to exist in Balder.
  • : Lebenlauf's influence in Balder rose from "Hatchling" to "Newcomer".
  • : Lebenlauf's influence in Balder rose from "Unproven" to "Hatchling".
  • : Lebenlauf's influence in Balder rose from "Zero" to "Unproven".
  • : Lebenlauf was refounded in Balder.


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